Third Quarter Challenge – Felt Hat

Third Quarter Challenge – Felt Hat

hat view 1

I found this delightful free pattern for a reversible wool hat, and with the kind permission of the author, Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz,  here is a LINK to her pattern and a photo of her hat.

original hat

First job was to print the pattern and stick it together to try it for size.  I discovered that I needed to reduce the size by 12% – easily done on the print settings.


Then I could work out the size of felt fabric I needed to make.  I used 4 layers of mid-green merino wool to make a rectangle then topped it with a pattern of diagonal stripes of open-weave fabric, yarns and nepps.  The dry layout was 100 x 60cms (40″ x 24″).

felt fabric

I got the idea for the pattern by looking down at my skirt!

pattern inspiration







I had to make a few adaptations to the pattern because the felt fabric was thicker than the fabric used in Daniela’s pattern.

Instead of folding the fabric over itself into a tube then flattening it with zig-zag, I cut the straps in half widthways, backed them with thin cotton fabric then zig-zagged around the edges.


The hat was designed to be made from two layers of fabric then ‘bagged out’ but the felt wasn’t suitable for that, so I applied an adhesive web to a piece of thin green cotton fabric then ironed it onto the felt fabric to form the lining.

I cut away the excess cotton fabric…


…then neatened the bottom edge with zig-zag stitch.

The crown of the hat is formed by joining together the points.  I butted the edges of the felt together and sewed them shut with zig-zag stitch.

stitiching top together

first top seam

The first one was easy but it became progressively harder as more felt bunched up under the machine.

stitching top together 1

But here it is finished…

hat view 2

…and the view of the top.

hat view 3

With all the lovely weather we’re having this year, it’s hard to imagine it being cold enough to wear this hat!


21 thoughts on “Third Quarter Challenge – Felt Hat

  1. Great original pattern but also great adaptation of the pattern to use with felt. I really love the bright colours & vibrant, contrasting fabric patterns. You’ve produced a highly original and very cosy-looking hat.

  2. Thank you LIndsay!

    What would we do without charity shops – the colourful fabrics were old scarves and blouses!

    1. Completely agree! I’ve been pressing my nose to the glass while they’ve been closed and have already added several silk scarves to my extensive hoard since they have reopened. But you have to be able to use them well, especially in combination, which you certainly have.

  3. Wow, love this hat! The pattern is an interesting one but it’s your colour scheme and layout of fibre and fabrics that makes it special! I’m not a hat person but I fancy having a go at this pattern, thanks for sharing Lyn.

    1. Thank you Karen! The old fabrics and yarns worked a treat – I was pleasantly surprised.

  4. Wow, I agree with everyone else’s comments, your hat is glorious!! It’s a great adaptation of the original pattern. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Great hat, thank you for sharing. It is only +4 C in Yellowknife this morning so not hard to imagine wearing a hat really soon.

    1. Thank you! Gosh that’s a bit chilly – we’re still +20C for the best part of the day and it doesn’t drop below double figures even at night, although you can feel the autumnal chill from time to time.

    1. Thank you Marilyn – I was pleasantly surprised at how all the fabrics came together well on the green merino.

  6. I missed this post….
    Lyn your hat is fab – bright vibrant colours & fun layout & you’ve adapted the Original pattern well. It must have been extremely fiddly connecting the edges under the sewing machine! I hope you didn’t spit & chew too much!

    Up North we are cooling off a little more rapidly than you, so hat weather will All too soon be upon us.

    1. Thank you Antje – I’m very happy with colours and the hat.

      The temperatures are climbing up again down here so the hat is still in the wardrobe!

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