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How to make an Easy Stylish Winter Beret

If you’re looking for a fun and easy DIY project this winter, a beret is the way to go. It’s also perfect for beginners who want to try something new!

A great advantage to using this method, is that you can choose to use a different fabric on either side and make it reversible!

Requirements List:

  1. 1meter x 25cm or 50 x 50cm of your chosen fabric. A medium – heavy weight fabric will work best. If not Interfacing may be necessary.
  2. Scissors
  3. Measuring tape / ruler
  4. Interfacing if your fabric is not thick enough to hold shape
  5. Coordinating thread

Preparation:

  1. Measure your head circumference. Use this measurement to work out the size of your beret.

Workings for Beret Pattern Pieces:

Step 1:

Divide your head circumference by 6.28 (π * 2) to get the radius of your inner circle (radius 1). Use this to draw out your circle on your fabric.

e.g., head circumference = 58cm… 58 divided by 6.28 = 9.2cm is the radius 1

Step 2:

For the outer circle or brim of the beret: radius 1 + 8cm = Radius 2. From the same center point as the inner circle draw this larger circle creating the brim.

e.g., 9.2 + 8cm = 17.2cm is the radius 2

Step 3:

For the Full circle pieces (top of beret) Use Radius 2 to draw out onto fabric.

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  1. If your fabric requires interfacing fuse to your fabric as per manufacturer’s instructions.

Cutting:

  1. Cut x2 Full Circle pieces
  2. Cut x2 Brim pieces (the head circumference is cut out from middle).

Construction:

Seam allowances are ¼” or 1cm unless otherwise specified
  1. Place your brim piece on top of a full circle piece right sides together pin in place.
  2. Sew around the outer edge of the circle.
  3. Clip around the edges of the circle in regular intervals ensuring that you do not cut through the stitching.
clipping beret web
  1. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for other 2 pieces.
  2. Turn one of the sewn pieces right way out.
  3. Place the piece turned the right way out inside the remaining piece. Right sides of these pieces should be facing.
beret inside
  1. Pin the inner circle and sew leaving a small opening about 2.5 – 3cm for turning
  2. Turn the right way out. Push one side into the other, so it resembles a bowl. Push around the seams with your hand to push the shape out nicely. Press.
turning right way out
  1. Increase stitch length to 3.5 and top stitch around the inner circle. This will close the opening.
  2. Get creative with your beret by adding pom-poms, embroideries, appliques, brooches, and more!

    Make one for friends and family as a wonderful homemade gift idea or make many for yourself (one in every colour) to truly have fun with your winter wardrobe.

    Don’t forget to tag us @singeranz or use hashtag #sewitwithsinger, so we can see your wonderful creations!