I have a fun quick tutorial for you today.
It started out as an experiment. I saw $1 cuffed beanies at Walmart and wondered if I could add a brim to them to make them look a little bit like these Colombia brand ones.
It wasn’t perfect but turned out pretty cute.
It really does take just a few minutes. Here goes.
Take your $1 beanie. I bought it from the boys section at Walmart.
Cut out a brim from a plastic yogurt container. It is a slim brim. Mine was about 1 1/2 inches at it’s thickest in the middle.
Cuff the hat how you want it and pin around one side to keep it in place.
Leave the other side open and slip the bill in.
Now pin this side closed as well. You won’t sew where the pins are but you want to pin it all the way around so the cuff won’t shift when you sew the bill in place.
Pushing the bill so it protrudes straight out and using this stitch…
Stitch across the top of the bill or right above it. I aimed to sew right above the bill and let it catch the bill when I got to the sides.
This first time was okay but I wanted to fix the sides. Unpicking this kind of knit is not easy. So it frayed a little but that’s okay. Drawing a chalk line before you sew will help you avoid the same mistake I made.
And that’s it! All done. Easy right? And so so inexpensive.
See how the cuff goes all the way around just like the original?
My oldest wanted to try it on too. I wasn’t sure if it would fit him because of the mostly fixed cuff but it did okay. I had to pull the cuff down a bit but it still worked. Now that I have looked at the original again I think I could pull the cuff down a little more to make a bigger one for him.
Walmart also sells adult beanies just like these for $2! I would make one for my husband but he is a fish biologist/grad student so he does field work in below freezing temps right now and would need a better, a.k.a. more expensive, beanie.
Otherwise these beanies are great for around town and running errands with mom. 🙂