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a beret-style cloche hat made from the crown of a pirate hat, with a pair of ears added for cuteness
Inspired by the kitty hats I've been seeing in the latest issues of Vivi Magazine, I decided to make my own! And it couldn't be easier than building off what you might already have - in my case, an old pirate hat!

Posted by carlyjcais from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See carlyjcais's 60 projects »
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  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 1
    Step 1

    You Need these materials

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use the craft knife to cut around the crown of the hat.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 3
    Step 3

    Separate the crown from the brim.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use scissors to refine the edge and smooth it.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 5
    Step 5

    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 14 if you like your hat the way it is.

    Cut a piece of felt large enough to cover the hat completely.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cover your hat with felt glue. Do not put glue on the sides of the hat yet, just the top.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 7
    Step 7

    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.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 8
    Step 8

    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.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 9
    Step 9

    Firmly press and pull the felt over the edges of your hat to mold the new layer onto it.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 10
    Step 10

    Allow to cool and dry with the clothespins still on the edges.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 11
    Step 11

    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.)

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now spread glue at the edges to secure the tucks.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pin again to secure the edges until the glue dries.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut two triangles out of felt for your ears.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 15
    Step 15

    Use the cutter to slice a small V on the top of the hat, to one side.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 16
    Step 16

    Closeup of the V; the tip points to the back of the hat.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 17
    Step 17

    Push a triangle of felt into the cut from the inside of the hat.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 18
    Step 18

    Pull the tip through to the outside.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 19
    Step 19

    Pull it through to your desired height.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 20
    Step 20

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

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 21
    Step 21

    Tape the excess felt onto the glue until it dries.

  • How to make a beret. Diy Cute Kitty Beret - Step 22
    Step 22

    You're done! I hope you enjoy your new Cute Kitty Hat!

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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1413 projects
I love this soooo much!
carlyjcais
carlyjcais · Portland, Oregon, US · 61 projects
Thank you, Cat! It goes with your name perfectly;-)
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