Got felt? Need a quick gift that sews up easily in an hour? With just 4 pieces of felt and some sturdy sewing yarn you can make this happen and create a wonderful surprise in no time at all.
If you are making your own felt and spinning your own yarn then for obvious reasons it will take multiple hours…however, the end result is an Adventurer’s felt hat to be proud of!
What started out as scraps from our daughter’s handcrafted cradle became Roland’s first felt hat – the grey one featured below – the black one was a second make with the same pattern. Two fabulous models are wearing our creations thanks to a pair of our WWOOF volunteers in 2011
The hat can be worn many ways, versatility is key to a minimalist wardrobe.
Wear it the traditional way or fold up the rim for a different look.
- sturdy felt about 1/4″ thick (0.5 cm)
- thick sewing yarn, double ply
- tapestry needle
- sturdy scissors
Basic sewing skills are beneficial – such as knowing the blanket stitch.
Start with the pattern. Cut out 2 pieces as is and 2 pieces on the reverse, for a total of 4 pieces.
Be loose, if the cut line is not straight, no worries! Whatever you do, go for artistic and creative and you simply can’t go wrong.
Thread your needle and start seaming the pieces up. Do what suits your fancy, just be sure there are enough stitches to make it good and sturdy.
Before you sew it all the way up remember to leave openings at the top for air flow, even on those cold and windy days it is good for a whisper of a fresh breeze. Wool is naturally water repellant as well, take advantage of that!
I am not going to give sewing instructions here, but the pictures may speak for themselves…you should end up with something like this:
Now go out and travel, show that hat off to the world!
Take a seat in the wild grasses and enjoy…this is a felt hat to last a lifetime!
These hats are made from the wool of the magnificent Hungarian Racka sheep. The important thing about felt is the flexibility. While your hat made with shetland, merino or alpaca might not look exactly like this, it will look beautiful! and this may be the perfect pattern to help get you started on creating your own ecological wardrobe.