TRAID Upcycled Bobble Hat Workshop at BUST Craftacular!

On 22nd November I headed to East London's York Hall to see all the fabulous stalls selling their wares at this year's BUST Christmas Craftacular, but also to attend an Upcycled Bobble Hat Workshop delivered by the wonderful TRAID team. I arrived with my friend Gisela at the 'Upcycling Academy' area, and with child-like excitement listened to lovely Sarah Klymkiw, head of the TRAID education team, giving us the first instructions. We were provided with a paper bobble hat pattern, which we had to pin on an old jumper from TRAID's super second hand clothing collection, and then cut around it. After a quick visit to the sewing machines, to stitch it all together, it was time to make our pom pom, then thread it at the top of our hat and voila! I had never imagined before what unique and beautiful winter hats one could make from upcycled old jumpers and wondered why I had ever bought one before! I would really encourage you to have a go! :-) The experience of making my own hat gave me such joy! TRAID runs regular upcycling / mending workshops and you can check them out here.

Bobble Hats from old jumpers under construction

My friend Gisela at the sewing machine

My lovely new winter hat half done...

The finished hat made by my own hands! 

Me and my friend proudly posing with our new handmade winter accessory :-)