Did you mean to shrink that cashmere jumper?

….of course you did.

You just knew that you would get a hat, a flower brooch and some other crafts out of one item of clothing! So much more efficient!

Anyway, I’m here today to show you how to achieve all of those things from your shrinking accident fortune.

Make sure you follow these steps cautiously and carefully.
1. Look mournfully at the teeny tiny jumper, which used to fit. Then sigh and GET OVER IT! There’s always something to be salvaged with fabric.

Teeny tiny...

Teeny tiny…

Oh dear, a new hip circumference of 26 inches!

Oh dear, a new hip circumference of 26 inches!

Real No. 1. Measure the circumference of your head.
2. Halve it and add 1/4 inch seam allowance for 2 side seams. E.g. my head circumference where I wanted the hat to sit was 22ins. So 22 divided by 2 = 11, plus seam allowances = 11.5ins.
3. Mark this measurement on a piece of paper. I used newspaper to make sure it was big enough.


4. Find your halfway (centre) and quarter way points and mark these on your paper.


5. Then measure how deep you want your hat to be. I went for 6.5ins. (Which turned out to be too shallow, but you can see how I fixed that later). Mark this on both edges of your paper to make sure that the points you draw from your quarter points are completely lined up.
6. Mark this height up from your quarter points. You can see all the measurements marked in blue on the newspaper.


7. Use a french curve (or draw a neat curve) to join your base points to your peak points.


8. Still using a curved line, dip down to a point about 10cm above the centre point mark.
9. Continue joining the dots.


10. Line up the raw edges of your jumper.


11. Pin your pattern on the jumper, lining up the base line with the hem of the jumper.


12. Cut around the pattern, cutting through both layers of the jumper.


13. You will end up with 2 M shaped pieces like this…


14. With right sides together, pin the dip / valley bit together on both pieces.


15. Sew, you can use an overlocker or a regular machine. The beauty of a shrunken jumper is that the felted wool won’t unravel any more!


16. Now line up the centre points, hem (and pattern if there is one) of the two now n shaped pieces. If they don’t quite match up just ease them in to fit.


17. Sew these together.
18. Check the fit. If you’re happy with it then you’re done, if not you can add a band around the base to make it longer.
19. I did this. Cut a band to be the extra depth you wanted and the circumference of the hat hem. (Mine was 2 inches by 22 inches.)


20. With right sides together, match raw edges of the band and hat and pin in place.


21. Sew in place.


And you really are done then.


Unless…you want to add a pretty felt flower badge. Which I did. This is pretty simple, but I’ll show you what I did anyway.

1. Make a template of 3 different sized flowers. The shape is completely up to you.


2. Pin the flowers to a single layer of jumper and cut out each flower.


3. I used a glue gun (yay, I love my glue gun!) to attach a badge pin to the back and then stick together the different layers, biggest to smallest. I made sure to rotate the flowers slightly so the petals interspersed nicely.


4. Glue on a button in the centre.
Alternatively sew the button on the front and through all the layers including attaching the badge pin on.


5. Pin on to hat and smile for the camera.


And the best bit? I still have lots of felt left for future crafts. Might just turn up the heat on some future washes!

7 thoughts on “Did you mean to shrink that cashmere jumper?

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