The wonderful Christina Matthewson has spent the last few weeks making reversible beanies to donate to her local Oncology centre. After making 134 (and counting) of these beautiful beanies, she has now, enthusiastically, shared with us her method of making these beanies reversible.
Christina’s step by step guide on how to sew a reversible P4P slouch beanie
1. Download the free Slouchy Beanie Pattern from Patterns for Pirates. You may also want the Slouchy Beanie Pattern instructions, as I will be referring to them
2. Cut out 4 main pieces (2 pieces from the same fabric and another 2 from a different print) plus one band.
3. Now using the instruction guide, sew the band together as well as both main pieces. Once that is done you should have one band and two separate beanies. Make sure when you are sewing one of the beanies that you leave a small area of the seam unsewn, as this is where you turn your beanie in the right way once it’s all sewn together (see second picture below)
I like to leave the hole at the top of the beanie as I find it easier when it comes to hand sewing it closed.
4. Now it’s time to put them all together. Quarter the beanies and band
5. Now it’s time to put them all together. Quarter the beanies and band
6. With right sides together side over the other beanie, so that the band is sandwiched between the two beanies
7. Now you just need to sew the bottom of your beanie closed. You will notice that the band is narrower than the beanies, so you will need to stretch the band slightly as you sew.
8. Now you just need to sew the bottom of your beanie closed. You will notice that the band is narrower than the beanies, so you will need to stretch the band slightly as you sew.
9. You have almost finished. Only one more thing to do, which is to sew up the hole. I like to use a ladder stitch which is really easy to do. I’m not very good at hand sewing but I can do a ladder stitch. Here is a link to a youtube video on how to sew a ladder stitch.
Or you can sew the seam closed with your machine, however those stitches will be visible.
10. Your beanie is now complete and reversible