How to Sew an Easy Twist Beanie Hat

3 Materials
$10
20 Minutes
Easy

Winter is here and I am sure you are all on the hunt for something warm to wear on your head.


Well, today I am going to show you how to sew a beanie, not just any beanie, a twist beanie!


This awesome DIY beanie is easy to make and quick to sew. Personalize it by choosing your favorite fabric and don’t forget to make a couple of extras as gifts, I guarantee you everyone will be asking for one.

Tools and materials:

  • Stretch knit fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Plotting measurements

1. Plot measurements

Start by measuring your head circumference.

Fabric

Place your fabric on a flat surface.

Marking fabric

Use the stretchier side of the fabric to mark your head circumference measurement. 

Marking fabric

The other side of your fabric will be the length of the twist beanie and this should have a measurement of between 19.6 inches to 21.6 inches.

Folding fabric

2. Fold

Fold your fabric along the width with right sides facing.

Where to sew

3. Sew along the length

Sew a 1cm seam allowance along the length of the fabric leaving an opening (see photo above).

Progress shot

This is what it should look like once you have sewn the seam.

Creating the twist

4. Create the twist

Take the top left-hand corner of the fabric and bring it down to the bottom right corner.

Creating the twist

Keep your finger on the bottom right corner of the fabric so it won't shift as you make the twist.

Creating the twist

Now bring the bottom left corner of the fabric up to meet the top right corner. As you can see, you have created a twist.


You can watch 1:41 - 2:00 of my video above to see this in action.

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

5. Pin and sew the raw edge

You should now have 4 rows of fabric. A top layer, two middle layers and a bottom layer.

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

Tuck in the two center layers, rows two and three. Smooth them down, so they are nice and flat.

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

Next, you need to pin together rows one and four, the top and bottom layers.

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

Now it’s time to sew along the edge with a 1cm seam allowance.

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

Start with a backstitch and then sew along the circumference of the twist beanie creating a neat hem.

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

Once you get to your last pin, you will need to start pulling fabric out and continue to sew. 

Pinning and sewing the raw edge

This will be repeated a few times until you reach the beginning. 


To prevent the hem from unraveling or coming apart with use, end with a backstitch.


I suggest watching the video (2:45- 3:48) to get a better understanding of how this sewing technique works. 

Closing the opening

6. Close the opening

Take the twist beanie and turn it right side out through the hole you left open at the beginning.

Closing the opening

Now you can sew the opening closed.

Flipping the DIY beanie inside out

7. Flip the beanie inside out

To make your DIY beanie look more professional, flip it inside out again so that the seam where you sewed up the opening is not visible.

Flipping the DIY beanie inside out

You will notice you have this little hole at the top which makes the hat more versatile.


You can use it as a scarf, a headband, a regular beanie, or as a hat with an opening for your ponytail! 

Completed DIY twist beanie

I cannot wait to wear this during winter. 

Completed DIY twist beanie

The twist on top gives the beanie a bit of a slouch, I love it.

Completed DIY twist beanie

How to sew a beanie

This is definitely a project you could sew on a weekend and would be a perfect gift.  


I hope you enjoyed learning how to sew this twist beanie with me. Leave me a comment down below!

Suggested materials:
  • Stretch knit fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

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