Look elegantly très chic with this tutorial for how to make a classic beret. Easy to customize, this simple wool beret is made in a stylish winter white but can be designed or dyed to match your winter outerwear. This hat sewing pattern is aimed at beginner sewists and can be made in one hour or less, making it a great project for a winter afternoon spent indoors. If you love adding elements of retro style into your wardrobe, you won’t be able to resist this winter sewing project.
Time: Afternoon project
Skill Level: Beginner
- Opening circumference: 22″
- Opening diameter: 7’’
- Beret diameter: 10 (11, 12)’’ Note: Sample made in size 12’’
- 1/2 yard dense wool or wool blend felted fabric
- Matching 50-weight thread
- Sewing machine
- Tailor’s chalk
- Hand sewing needles
- Panel A: Measure and cut an even circle with a diameter of 10 (11, 12)’’.
- Panel B: Measure and cut a second even circle with a diameter of 10 (11, 12)’’, then cut out an even circle with a diameter of 7’’. Remove the smaller circle.
- Panel C: Cut a strip of fabric measuring 2 1/2’’ by 23’’.
- Fold over both short edges of Panel C and seam together using a 1/2’’ seam allowance to create a ring. The raw seam side is the wrong side.
- Pin Panel C around the inside of Panel B with the wrong side of Panel C facing inside. Stitch around the inside edge using a 1/4’’ seam allowance.
- With right sides together, pin around Panels A and B. Stitch around the outside edge using a 1/2’’ seam allowance. Turn right side out.
- Fold the ring of Panel C with wrong sides facing up to the inner seamline. With thread and a hand sewing needle, stitch down the raw edge to the seamline using a whipstitch or blanket stitch.
- Clip all excess threads to finish.