How to Sew a Cutout Beret

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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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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
Measuring tape
Paper scissors
Sewing machine
Tailor's chalk
Motif Template

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.

Sew the brim seam, and then topstitch the seam allowances open.

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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