How to Make A Slouchy Pom Pom Beanie From An Old Sweater

Sew Much 2 Wear
by Sew Much 2 Wear
5 Materials
15 Minutes

If you're been dreaming of a new cuffed pom pom beanie, look no further than your closet! This fun project really gives you the freedom to customize your winter look while helping out the planet.

It just might save you some money too!

I have a serious issue accidentally shrinking my sweaters so this was the perfect way to give this wool sweater a second life.

I've always loved the look of cuffed mittens and sweaters, and it's an easy look to duplicate if you have a sweater with a cuff on the bottom hem.

This DIY thrift flip takes just a few minutes and is a great beginner sewing project!

Here's what I started with. A high-quality wool sweater that I loved but now was just too short to wear. It had a nice cuffed bottom seam that was just screaming to become a cuffed pom pom beanie.

I turned my sweater inside out. I had a hat in my closet already so I used that as my pattern> I flipped down the cuff and placed it along the bottom hem of my sweater.

I traced that shape and then cut it out.

Right sides together, I pinned along the shape to prepare it for sewing.

I set my sewing machine on a zig-zag stitch to allow the hat to stretch.

I then sewed along the curve of the hat. I did *not* sew along the cuffed portions. I only sewed the curve of the hat. (For more clarification, check out the YouTube video of this project at the top of this page.)

Once I had that done I turned my hat inside out so the right side was showing. Then I pinned the bottom cuff portion together.

And sewed along that line on both sides with that zigzag stitch.

You're almost done with your hat! Now just trim off any excess sweater from your seams. This will make sure it doesn't look like there's any bulk under your hat.

I also clipped off any excess sweater from the top of my hat, being careful not to accidentally clip any of the stitches I had made.

I went to the craft section of my local Joann's and found these faux fur pom pom beanies on sale. I love all of the different color options available. You can really make the hat of your dreams!

My pom pom was originally $6 but thanks to a coupon, I was able to get it for 40% off, bringing the cost of my high quality wool hat to under $5!

I took embroidery thread that matched my pom pom color and a needle and sewed the pom pom to the center top seam of my sweater hat.

I flipped the bottom cuff up, put the hat on and it's ready to wear! A perfect, slouchy wool faux fur pom pom beanie!

Let me know what you think of this project, and if you're looking for more winter clothing thrift flip transformations, check out my video! I did three different hat styles and was amazed at how they all came out.

Suggested materials:
  • Old wool sweater
  • Pom pom   (Joann Fabrics)
  • Needle
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  • Angi Angi on Feb 11, 2021

    I have a couple sweaters waiting to be transformed!😁 Thank you so much for sharing

  • Karen Karen on Feb 19, 2024

    Sewing machines hate me. Is there anyway I could sell this by hand and have it still stretch properly?