How to Sew a Cutout Beretcomments (4) 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.
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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).
4. Cut out your motif. Use small fabric scissors to cut out the motif.
5. Assemble the brim. With right sides together, sew the short ends of the felt strip together with a 1⁄4 -inch seam allowance. Press the seam open; then topstitch the seam allowance open close to the seam, as shown above.
6. Assemble the beret top. If you want a contrasting fabric to show through the cutouts, cut out another large circle, and pin it right-side up under the beret top. Then, baste the pieces together 1⁄4 inch away from the edge. If your motif has loose pieces, hand-tack them in place.
7. Attach the brim. Fold the felt strip in half, wrong sides together, and align the long edges to form the brim. Then with right sides together, pin the brim raw edges to the ring's inner raw edge, as shown above. Sew with a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance.
8. Sew the top to the ring. Pin the ring to the top, right sides together. Sew around the outer edges with a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance. Turn the beret right-side out, and press.
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