DIY: 40′s-Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween…?)

10.26.2012

DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

Now that the weather’s cooling down, I want a cute little hat to wear – not something chunky and heavy just yet, but something that adds just a little bit of warmth.  Something polished, and maybe even a bit kitschy.

And I just LOVE me some kittehs!  I am such a crazy cat lady.  I used to volunteer in Hawaii trapping feral cats and adopting the kittens out to loving homes.  Then I got Cat Scratch Fever.  True story.  Anyway.

DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

Cat-themed merch was all over the runways and is now in stores for Fall (check out this lovely printed Wildfox sweaterDIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?) and Romwe’s knockoff oh-so-similar version).  So, inspired by berets I’ve been seeing in my Japanese magazines, I decided to create my own Kitty version.  And it’s my first foray into wet wool felting and hat-making.  So stick with me and I’ll show you how!

You Need:

DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)cheap pirate hat  /  soft black felt, enough to cover the crown of the hat (optional) and for ears  /  felt glue

Tools: scissors  /  cutting blade  /  clothespins (not pictured)  /  teakettle + boiling water (optional, not pictured)  / tape  (not pictured) /  rubber gloves (optional, not pictured)

How To: DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?) 1. Use the craft knife to cut around the crown of the hat.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

2. Separate the crown from the brim.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

3. Use scissors to refine the edge and smooth it.

Now, you can build your kitty ears on the crown of the pirate hat as-is, but I wanted a more finished, rounded-edge beret look to my hat. The next steps are optional. You can skip to Step 13) if you like your hat the way it is.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

4. Cut a piece of felt large enough to cover the hat completely.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

5. Cover your hat with felt glue. Do not put glue on the sides of the hat yet, just the top.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

6. Press the felt on firmly to bond. It helps to do this over a curved surface, like your knee. Use clothespins to pin the edges to the hat edges, tucking the extra felt to the inside.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

7. Heat some water to boiling in a teakettle. Wearing gloves to protect your hands, place the hat edges in the steam for a few seconds, and pull away. This will heat and soften the felt, and make it pliable.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

8. Firmly press and pull the felt over the edges of your hat to mold the new layer onto it.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

9. Allow to cool and dry with the clothespins still on the edges.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

10. Once dry, tuck the excess felt under itself at the outer sides. This will create the “poof” of the beret-shape. (You may have to hit it again with the steam to smooth out excess felt and prevent a lot of wrinkling and folding.  And mine is still a little wrinkly regardless…I’m sure I could have done a better job with multiple re-steamings.)DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

11. Now spread glue at the edges to secure the tucks.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

12. Pin again to secure the edges until the glue dries.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

Now the beret-style of your hat is done!  Time to add the ears.

DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

13. Cut two triangles out of felt for your ears.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

14. Use the cutter to slice a small V on the top of the hat, to one side.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

Closeup of the V; the point of the V points towards the back of the hat.

DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)15. Push a triangle of felt into the cut from the inside of the hat.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

16. Pull the tip through to the outside.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

17. Pull it through to your desired height.DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

18. Trim the felt on the inside of the hat, and add some glue to it.

DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

19. Tape the excess felt onto the glue until it dries.
DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?) DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

You’re done! I hope you enjoy your new Cute Kitty Beret Hat!DIY: 40s Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween...?)

xoxo
Carly




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10 Comments on DIY: 40′s-Style Cute Kitty Beret (for Halloween…?)

  1. Ryoma Sakamoto
    10.27.2012 at 3:10 am (1 year ago)

    It is very cute.
    It is lovely.

    Reply
  2. Elmedina
    10.28.2012 at 5:48 am (1 year ago)

    Beautiful photos! :)
    Elmedina recently posted..Smile!

    Reply
  3. Sarah Miller
    10.28.2012 at 8:17 am (1 year ago)

    I know I love all the kitty stuff! It’s really stylish! Cute hat!

    Sarah

    Reply
  4. San Diego Foodie
    10.29.2012 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

    That’s cute and classy! Where did you get all your creative juices!!! I’d love to make a beret like that.

    Reply
  5. Love
    10.30.2012 at 12:29 am (1 year ago)

    That`s so adorable. Kitty beret hat is so IN this season.
    Even here in Japan it`s everywhere. from accessories to clothes.

    I want to try this one too.

    xoxo
    Love

    Reply
  6. Denise
    11.01.2012 at 2:28 pm (1 year ago)

    This is too cute! I love it!!!

    Denise

    Reply
  7. Lisa
    11.04.2012 at 8:39 am (1 year ago)

    This is so cute!! And made from a pirate hat – genius.
    Great tip about heating the felt to make it more pliable.

    Reply

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