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How to Make a Beret With Fabric

Updated April 17, 2017

If you enjoy wearing hats, then a fabric beret can help create your fashion statement. Berets can be made from a variety of fabrics to complement your wardrobe. Although berets are often made in felt, other fabrics can be used. Consider velvet for a dressy look, or wool or knit fabrics for a more casual style. Whatever fabric you choose, your new beret is sure to add to your style.

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  1. Trace a circle that is approximately 16 inches in diameter on a piece of poster board using a large mixing bowl or cooking pot to get an exact circle. Cut out the circle to use as a pattern for your beret.

  2. Trace another circle approximately 11 inches in diameter on another piece of poster board using a smaller mixing bowl. Cut out this circle.

  3. Trace two large circles on your fabric using the 16-inch pattern. Cut out the fabric circles.

  4. Place the 11-inch pattern in the centre of one of the fabric circles. Trace around the pattern. Cut this centre circle out to create the opening for your head.

  5. Pin the two large circles along the outer edge with theright sides together. Sew around the outside edge of the circles with a ½ inch seam. Turn the pieces so that the fabric is right side out. Press the fabric.

  6. Measure around your head with a cloth measuring tape. Add ½ inch to this measurement for the length of your beret band.

  7. Cut out a rectangular strip of fabric for the beret band. Make the strip 6 inches wide. Use your head measurement for the length of the strip.

  8. Fold the band strip in half, matching the short ends. Stitch the ends with a ½-inch seam. Press the seam open. Flip the band so that the right sides are facing out.

  9. Fold the band in half with wrong sides together and raw edges aligned. Press along the fold.

  10. Pin the band along the opening of the smaller circle of the beret with the raw edge of the band pinned to the raw edge of the inner circle. You may need to gather and tuck the band somewhat to fit. Stitch the band in place with a ½-inch seam.

  11. Tip

    Add a favourite brooch or flower pin to your beret for decoration if desired.

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Things You'll Need

  • Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Cloth measuring tape

About the Author

Michele Norfleet

Michele Norfleet is a freelance writer who writes on travel, home and garden and education topics. She has coauthored a handbook for teachers on school-wide discipline and has contributed tips for special-needs students in the basal curriculum for RCL Benziger. Norfleet holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and has experience as a special-needs teacher and speech pathologist.

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