DIY a Cute White Hat and Gloves Set Using a Free and Easy Pattern

9 Materials
1 Hour

Today, I'm sewing a white hat and gloves set from a thrifted stretchy sweater.

The hat will fit every size from babies to adults and you don't need a beanie sewing pattern to make it. I'm also giving you a free mittens sewing pattern to save you time.

Each piece takes only 20-30 minutes to cut and sew so this is a perfect project for a beginner.

Tools and materials:

  • Free mittens pattern 
  • Stretch knit sweater
  • Measuring tape
  • Paper for printing
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Beanie sewing pattern

How to sew a beanie

1. Measure your head

Measure around your head at the forehead and deduct 0.75 inches (2 cm) to find the width. If your fabric is very stretchy, deduct 2 inches (5 cm).

The length for an adult is 24 inches (60 cm) and for a child 20.9 inches (53 cm).

Folding fabric

2. Cut beanie shape

Cut a rectangle of the calculated size from your sweater and fold it in half lengthways, then widthways and lengthways again.

Marking fabric

Measure a point 2.4 inches (6 cm) diagonally from the top left corner and connect it with an outwardly curved line to the upper and left edges.

Marked fabric

Cut a notch on the lower fold line through all layers. Open the last fold and repeat the top shape on the bottom section.

Cut along both curved lines.

Cutting fabric

3. Create darts

Mark points 3 inches (8 cm) in from the left edge at the notch and 0.8 inches (2 cm) either side of it.

Join the points to create a dart shape and cut it out through all layers.

Creating darts

Open the fabric out flat with the wrong side facing you, and pin and sew the four darts with a stretch stitch.

Creating darts

4. Sew beanie

Fold the fabric in half lengthways with the right sides together. 

Pin the darts together at each end, matching the stitching lines.


Pin the fabric together around the raw edges, leaving a 2 inch (5 cm) gap on the long edge unpinned.

Sew the pinned edges, excluding the gap.

DIY beanie hat

5. Finishing

Turn the beanie right side out through the gap and sew the gap closed. Tuck one end of the beanie inside the other to make a lining. 

How to sew mittens

Mittens sewing pattern

1. Cut fabric pieces

Print out the free pattern and cut out the pieces. 

Cutting pieces

Pin them to a double layer of your fabric, noting the direction of the stretch. Cut out the pieces and repeat, so you have 4 of each piece.

Note that the back top pieces have curved lower edges and the back bottom pieces have straight edges.

You will be making 4 mittens in total and one pair will be the lining of the other pair.

Joining back pieces

2. Join back pieces

Place one back bottom piece on a back top piece, matching the thumbs and with the right sides together.

Mark a point on the straight edge opposite the base of the thumb, and pin the pieces together around the thumb section only.

Sew around the pinned area as far as the mark.

Trimming fabric

Snip into the curves and cut off the excess seam allowance.

Joining front and back

3. Join front and back

Turn the back piece right side out and place it right side up.

Place the front piece over it, right sides facing. Pin them together, making sure the thumb section isn't caught in the seam and leaving the wrist edge unpinned. Sew around the pinned edges.

Snip into the curves and cut off the excess fabric around the stitching.

Make the other three mittens in exactly the same way.

Lining mittens

4. Line the mittens

Turn 1 mitten right side out and put it on your hand. Wear a second mitten wrong side out over it, so the two right sides are together.

Slide the gloves off together. Matching the seams. pin them together around the wrist edge, leaving a 1.5 inch (4 cm) gap, and sew.

Cut off the excess seam allowance. Turn the mittens right side out through the gap and sew the gap closed. Tuck the lining back inside the mitten.

Repeat for the other mitten.

DIY white hat and gloves set

DIY white hat and gloves set

I love upcycling clothes I thrifted or no longer wear into something beautiful and useful. This winter hat and mittens set is so cozy and warm and it’s so quick and easy to make.

I hope you’ll try it and I’d love to know if you do. Please let me know in the comments below if you found this tutorial helpful.

You may also want to check out my post on How to Sew a Baguette Bag With a Ruched Strap Out of a Fluffy Towel!

Suggested materials:
  • Free mittens pattern
  • Stretch knit sweater
  • Measuring tape
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