How to Make A Doll Beret – Meet Nina the Artist!

How to Make a Doll Beret - Meet Nina the Artist

Making a cute felt doll beret is fast and simple. This beret is for a Tilda doll, but you can easily vary the size.

Nina is an artist – one of a range of hobby Tilda dolls that I have been working on over the last year or so.  In addition to an artist, the range currently includes a gardener, a chef, a traveller and a seamstress, but I am always interested in developing new dolls to custom order.  Visit my Etsy shop to find out more. 

An artist needs an especially beautiful beret?  Nina’s is embroidered with a rainbow of her favourite colours. 

Read more for step by step instructions on how to make a cute felt doll beret.

How to make a Doll Beret - Nina the Artist's Beret

How to Make a Doll Beret - Step by Step Instructions

1. Make Yourself a Paper Pattern

Draw a circle with a compass the size of the brim you require plus a narrow seam.  My circle had a diameter of 5 cm and my seam allowance was 5mm.

Cut a circle from the centre of your pattern to leave you with a doughnut shape.  My inner circle had a diameter of 2.5cm.

How to Make a Doll Beret - Paper Pattern
How to Make a Doll Beret - Paper Pattern

2. Embroider the Centre of Your Beret

Embroider the Centre of your beret at this stage if you choose to. I used a lovely tiny rainbow embroidery design I purchased from Etsy. You can vary the colours to co-ordinate with the doll you are making.

I use a small hoop for my embroidery and I find locating the centre difficult because it is slightly offset.  It is therefore much easier to embroider the felt first and then cut a circle for the outer beret after you have finished the embroidery so you have no difficulty finding the centre.  Using a small rectangle of felt and squashing it firmly into the small hoop makes the embroidery much more stable too.

How to Make a Doll Beret - Embroidery Design
Embroidery Design - Suy Embroidery - Etsy
How to make a Doll Beret - Embroidery
How to make a Doll Beret - Embroidery
How to make a Doll Beret - Embroidery
Doll Beret - Embroider before cutting a circle

3. Cut out your Felt

 Cut one complete circle of felt and 2  felt doughnuts (with the centre circle cut out).

How to make a Doll Beret - Felt pieces pre stitching
How to make a Doll Beret - Felt pieces pre stitching

4. Stitch the Inner Beret

Start by stitching the 2 doughnuts together around the inside rim with right sides together.  Flip the doughnuts right side out.  You will find you have a clean and a raised edge – the clean edge is your right side. 

How to Make a Doll Beret - Cut Your Felt
How to Make a Doll Beret - Cut Your Felt

5. Press the Inner Beret

Use some kitchen roll to protect your felt – it can melt /mark in response to a hot iron.  Press your doughnut nice and flat.

6. Stitch your Outer Beret to your Inner Beret

With right sides together, stitch your inner and outer berets together all around the outside edge.

How to make a Doll Beret - Stitching
How to make a Doll Beret - Stitching
How to make a Doll Beret
How to make a Doll Beret - Stitched Beret - Before Turning

7. The Perfect Finishing Touch - Add a Magnet

Flip your beret right side out.  Using felt makes it nice and easy as the inside edge will not fray.  For the perfect finishing touch, glue a magnet into the centre of your beret so your doll can choose whether she wants to show it off or toss it aside and keep a cool head.

How to make a Doll Beret - adding a magnet
A tiny magnet - the perfect finishing touch for your doll beret
How to make a Doll Beret - The Finished Beret
How to make a Doll Beret - The Finished Beret

How to Make a Doll Beret - Tips and Tricks

  1. The embroidery design had quite a few jump threads between the elements of the design.  Tweezers are really useful to pull them taut before trimming them off neatly with your sharpest scissors.
  2. I found this You Tube video really helpful for guiding me through the beret making process.

Meet the Artists!

How to make a Doll Beret - Abi the Artist
How to make a Doll Beret - Nina the Artist
A Doll Beret for Abi's friend Nina

Heart Up-Cycling!

Birmingham Hospice Logo

Small embroidery projects like this cute little beret are perfect for using up small scraps of stabiliser.

How to make a Doll Beret - Use up Left Over Stabiliser
How to make a Doll Beret - Use up Left Over Stabiliser

Nina is currently for sale on my Etsy shop – all profits are donated to support Birmingham Hospice.

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