How to Sew a Cutout Beretcomments (3) February 25th, 2010
A beret adds a great accent to any outfit. And, making one from felt allows you to add your own cutout design for a unique look. Layer colors for contrast or create a lacy pattern for a feminine flair.
These berets were made from felted wool, but any felted knit fabric will work. Just make sure the fabric doesn’t fray so your cutout designs don’t ravel.
What You'll Need:
Fabric scissors, small
Felt, 1⁄2 yard
Use your head to make the berets
Use your head measurement to draft the beret pattern. The pattern is basically a couple of circles plus a rectangle, so you don’t have to be a whiz at patternmaking to make this project.
1.Cut the brim. Measure your head circumference, and then cut a
2 1⁄2-inch-wide strip of felt as long as your head circumference plus 1⁄2 inch.
2. Draw your pattern pieces. Draw a circle with a circumference equal to your head’s circumference on pattern paper. Draw a second circle 2 1⁄2 inches outside the original one (its diameter is 5 inches more than the inner circle’s). Cut out two large circles from the felt. Remove the inner circle from one of them to form a ring.
3. Transfer your motif. Enlarge the desired motif. Transfer it onto paper, and cut it out with paper scissors or an X-Acto knife. Using tailor’s chalk, color in the motif on the wrong side of the beret top (the intact large circle).
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery