Have a Sweater? Make a Pom-Pom Hat!

Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial) Remember our “Have a Sweater? Make a Pillow!” post? Well, now it’s time to use the same principle to make an adorable pom-pom hat to go with the cooler weather that’s rolling in. If you don’t have expert sewing skills, don’t worry! It’s really easy and a great way to upcycle either an old sweater or make use of a thrift store sweater that doesn’t fit but has a good pattern or color. Let’s get started!

Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-fabric scissors
-straight pins
-standard sewing machine
-yarn & cardboard for pom-pom

Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial) First you’ll want to grab a knit hat that has a shape you already like. Turn your sweater inside out, flatten, and place the hat at the bottom of the sweater band. Trace the outline around the edge of the hat with straight pins.

Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial) Use your sewing machine and follow the lines of the pins to sew the outline of the hat. Use a medium to small stitch and go slowly as you sew your line.

Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial) Use your fabric scissors to cut around your sewn hat, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Take your cardboard and yarn and follow this pom-pom tutorial to make a fun topper for your hat (just change the cardboard donut size to 4″ wide with a 1″ hole in the middle. If you want to make a mixed color pom-pom like the black and white one, just wrap two different colors at once. Use a needle and thread to secure the pom-pom to the top of the hat, and you’re finished!

Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial) Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial)
Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial)
Have a Sweater? Make a Hat! (click through for tutorial) See, I told you it was easy! I bribed these two pretty ladies into being my hat models by telling them they could keep their favorite hat. Thankfully, we all liked a different hat the best so it worked out perfectly! Happy sewing! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Piper from A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • so wonderful=no more waste just because you snagged a hole in your sweater or one part got worn-top marks for saving the planet

  • That is such a lovely idea. I love recycling old clothes. Beanies/pom pom hats are so trendy right now!

  • They are a great idea! But for whom likes to knit or crochet… Here there are some of our ideas! wanna look! 😉

  • Hi, It is actually easy to make pom poms as you will remember, but these days you can buy little devices to help you! Still some work to do but it goes faster.

  • Anne, you must have been reading my mind. Was thinking of the dear people in the shelters who could use a warm and pretty/handsome hat.

  • Love the recycle ideas. No haste, no waste. The only thing I would do different is to do a French seam so the hat would look finished. Thanks for the really cute idea.

  • Wow this is such a cute idea! This would be the perfect DIY for a snow day this winter !

    – CASA & Company

  • Cute!! Would make a great charity sewing project. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:

  • What a great idea! I love how cute and colourful your hats are, and just by using a sweater 🙂


  • Super cute. I made crochet pom pom scarfs and hats last winter, and people couldn’t get enough of them. Making them again this winter. Thanks again ladies!

  • Wow! Adorable. You make it seem so simple, I feel like even I could make a hat! Love it! Thank you!

  • Seriously love them! wish I could work a sewing machine. This is on the list of diys I want to do asap. thanks for the awesome idea! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  • All of them look so pretty…nice contrast with the pom poms… easy diy…will try this one..


  • You’ve done this before! The only thing that’s different is that this one doesn’t have a pom pom on top:

  • This is such a great idea! Love it! You three look so darn cute!


  • Laura, your style is so stunning! I love everything you create. ABM is such an inspiring company <3

  • I really can`t s sew. Dosen`t matter, how easy it seems. But the idea and the heads are great! I love the pink one.

    Best wishes!


  • These are adorable! What a quick and easy gift, too!

    Always, Anita

  • I love this idea! Seems pretty simple to do and what a great way to “recycle” an old sweater!

  • What a comfy and cheerfull DIY :), definitely worth trying!
    xx eveline from http://fragilityofbeauty.com/

  • These hats are so cute! Perfect for an old sweater. http://www.hannaamarielei.com

  • Love the neon pom pom on top of the stripes- great idea girls!


  • So cute and simple to create 🙂

  • So cute! I used to make pompoms regularly at school but I haven’t made them for years now!
    Siobhan xx

  • I love Pom Pom hats!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely try this!

    Greetings from Italy,



  • I used to know how to make pom poms while at school but it’s long forgotten:)


  • This is way too cute & perfect! You ladies look lovely.

    Warm Regards,

  • sooo cute!! I love your patterns and colors! What a great way to reuse sweaters that you don’t wear anymore (hence making room for more fabulous sweaters recently purchased)
    I have a sweater that was washed with a red shirt so now it has a hint of pink color. I can’t bear to throw it out…but I can make a cute hat out of it now, thanks to your post!! 🙂

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