An always popular gift is a hat and scarf set. This is a darling idea from a wonderful blogger named, Disney. She has the most creative blog, Ruffles and Stuff.  Her blog is filled with the most clever recycling and refashioning ideas! You will also want to visit Disney’s Etsy shop where she has made beautiful jewelry and accessories from vintage and recycled materials (I so want that Debutante Necklace).

I think if you happened upon a sweater instead of a vest you would be able to also make matching mittens for the hat and scarf. It would also be fun to think of other animals, or a plain set would be great for older children!

Disney writes…

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Skip to my Lou today!

My name is Disney, and I have a little craft blog called Ruffles and Stuff. I’m a (new)preacher’s wife and stay at home mommy, so I love to spend my free time sewing, and trying to figure out easy ways to make all the cute things I can’t afford.

How to make a hat and scarf from a sweater

Something for the boys! Yay!
I got this sweater vest at the Dollar Store several days ago (sweaters at the Dollar Store? How random is that??) and I just knew it was dying to be a little beanie and scarf set! I’m so excited to have a project for little boys!
This would actually work best with a sleeved sweater (then you could just use sleeves for a scarf!), but this is what I had, so…
1) Measure your child’s head, and cut out a hat shape through both layers (I free-handed this, but if you had another beanie to trace around, that would be great!), then cut a large rectangle shape through both layers for the scarf.

2) Lay the two scarf pieces right side together and pin the non-banded end. Sew with a zig-zag stitch, being careful not to let it stretch too much.

3) Cut out your “face” shapes from felt or fleece. 4 ears, two big circles for eyes, and two slightly smaller circles for the pupils, and a little triangle nose.
4) Lay two of the ear shapes on top of the other two, and sew around the edges with your machine. (not pictured)
5) Pin the ears to the right side of the beanie, facing downward. Lay the other piece of the beanie on top of it(right sides together), with ears sandwiched in between, and pin.
6) Sew the two hat pieces together, leaving the banded side open.
7) Take your scarf piece and fold it over, right sides together, and pin. Sew all the way down the side.
8) Turn the scarf right side out, and sew the banded edges closed.
9) Pin the face shaped where you want them, and hand stitch them on.


My model had already gone to bed for the night, but luckily she’s a heavy sleeper!

My goodness, I love that child. :o)
Take care!
Disney also shows how to make a pair of fingerless gloves from a pair of socks—– another great gift!

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  5. After viewing this I made a hat and scarf out of my daughter’s (old) sweater. Because of the colors I made it into a raccoon with a mask. It turned out so cute. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

  6. Now why didnt I think of that?…..haha….This is just GREAT! My kids will not only love the hat and scarf, but even more, LOVE to help craft it!

  7. I recently found Disney’s site and love it as well. This is such a cute idea. I have been looking for “boy” ideas and this is perfect. I’m definitely going to be giving it a try.

  8. What a wonderful idea, I think I might just have to whip up a few for my girls…..all 5 of them. Thanks

  9. This is adorable! I’m heading to Goodwill tomorrow and making a few of these as Christmas gifts!! There are quite a few owl obsessed little ladies I know who will love them!

  10. I BEYOND love this. One of the greatest things I’ve seen in a while. If only I had a sewing machine, I’d be doing many of these tonight. Crossing fingers I get a sewing machine for Christmas!

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