Felted merino wool winter hats and scarves

Toronto, Ontario | 432 Sales


Felted merino wool winter hats and scarves

Toronto, Ontario 432 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (96)
julie sinden

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Knit, Felted, and Ready-to-Wear

Julie Sinden Handmade is a Toronto-based company that designs and produces 100 percent merino, boiled wool winter hats. While most cold weather hats can be bulky and unattractive, ours are super stylish yet deceptively warm.

Each piece is first knit, loose and large, then felted (or shrunk), to create a new fabric, one that is seamless, durable, and super duper warm. Using merino wool means that our hats are also incredibly soft, comfortable, and breathable.

While many hats have to sacrifice warmth for style or vice versa, our unique boiled wool process allows for a hat that is both functional and chic. Our hats can be worn to a nice dinner out as easily as they can be worn on the ski slopes. We create our hats with timeless, classic fashion in mind as we know that the hats will last for many seasons.

All of the hats are size medium or one size fits all, but you can easily request size small or large. Better yet, send us the circumference of your head with your order and we will make sure that the hat you choose is the perfect size for you!

All pieces are made by Julie and her small team, and all of our materials are sourced within North America.

Shop members

  • Julie Sinden

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Julie has been a lover of the fibre arts since she was a child, and studied textiles at art school before launching her business in 2006. Aside from hat-making, Julie is passionate about natural dyeing, and teaches workshops on the subject.

  • Ricky Smith

    Knitter, Sales

    Sales by day, knitter by night, Ricky does it all. An invaluable member of the team, especially come Christmas Show season, when Ricky is there to help each and every person find their perfect hat.

  • Clare Preuss

    Seam Sewer, Sales

    Clare is in charge of one step per hat - but it's a big one! She sews the seam that makes each hat a hat, on every single hat we make. Clare is also a sales superstar, and is stopped on the street daily by folks who want a hat just like hers.

  • AJ Sly


    AJ knits the summer away, usually while listening to 90's angst ridden singers like Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos.

  • Ken Joy


    Superstar photographer Ken takes all the shots that bring our products to your computer screen. He's also been known to pinch hit for a sales shift at the One of a Kind.

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Last updated on 16 Dec, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Are your hats sized?

Orders are filled as a medium, one-size-fits most (which will fit 95% of people) unless otherwise requested.

If you know that you require a larger or smaller size, or are uncertain if you do, just send me the measurement of the circumference of your head along with your order, and I will make sure that your hat fits you perfectly!

Measure along the tops of your ears and just above your eyebrows, where a hat would land.

Do you make custom colours or designs?

Absolutely! Either convo us, or use the "Request a Custom Order" button.

Do you wholesale?

Definitely - we are always looking for new wholesale opportunities. Send us a convo with some details about your store, or visit us on Etsy Wholesale.

How do I care for my hat?

Hats should be hand washed in cold water and laid flat to dry. Though the hat is felted in a washing machine, it will shrink (a lot!) more if you put it in the machine again. If your hat has stretched slightly through extended wear, simply hand wash it – just like any garment, it will tighten up slightly when washed.

Can you gift wrap my item?

Absolutely! Just let us know in the notes to seller.

Do you make children's hats?

Our heads grow only marginally after the age of about 8-10, so our regular adult hat will fit most children this age and up. If you would like to order a hat for a child younger than 8 years old, please contact us directly.

Do you make hats in anything other than wool?

All of our products are made with 100% merino wool. Merino wool is incredibly soft and fine, and is suitable even for those who otherwise find wool itchy. Because they are felted, the fabric is lovely and thick and the hats are remarkably warm, yet wool is by nature breathable. The naturally occurring lanolin in the wool also means the fabric is water resistant, making them the perfect all weather hat.

How do I care for the slippers?

You can hand wash the slippers in cold water, or spot clean them.

Will the slippers stretch?

They will give and mould to your foot. They are meant to fit tight, more like a sock with a sole. If you have wide feet, or narrow feet, or whatever your difference, the slippers will take the shape of your foot, in whatever way your foot needs.