How to Sew a Cutout Beret

comments (4) February 25th, 2010     

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_nikki_ Nicole Smith, contributor
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Layer felt to create a colorful motif for your beret.
Transfer your motif to the felt.
Use small fabric scissors to cut out the motif.
Layer felt to create a colorful motif for your beret.

Layer felt to create a colorful motif for your beret.

Photo: Jack Deutsch
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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.


Place a large circle of contrasting fabric under the top, if desired.


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.


Pin the brim to the ring, and sew.


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.


Pin the ring to the top, and sew around the edges.

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Comments (4)

Suzanne_de_Tourany writes: I absolutely LOVE it!!!!
Posted: 10:00 am on January 24th
sews4fun writes: Very clever, I definitely plan on making this one!
Posted: 11:07 am on June 3rd
sink_in writes: this is really cute!
Posted: 10:07 pm on April 13th
Carolebarrel writes: Taking the lazy way out, and to avoid construction of the hat, I will try the technique with a beret I found this spring on the winter clearance table. By turning the hat inside out, transfering the cutout pattern as prescribed and adding another circle of felt or material inside, I plan to wear it with my favorite winter coat for a bit of verve with half the effort. Thank you, Nicole. I loved the tutorial.
Posted: 8:24 pm on March 3rd
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