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Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial

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I recently had the opportunity to test the pattern of an adorable Ruffled Collared Cape from Seamingly Smitten.  The Cape was very easy and only took about an hour to sew together.  I had some leftover fleece fabric, so I decided to make a easy fleece hat to go with the cape.



Making the hat was so easy, I wanted to share the tutorial with everyone.


Here are the instructions, you will need:
Fleece fabric
Measuring tape
Scissors
Thread and sewing machine

To get the measurements for your hat, measure around your models head for the width.  (Mine was about 20 inches.)  Add half and inch for the seam allowance.  Then measure from the top of the head to where you want the hat to fall, as shown in the picture below.  (I wanted my hat to sit below her ears, that was 8 inches.)  Add 2 or 3 inches for the fringe. (However long you want your fringe to be.  More for a larger hat, less for a smaller hat.  I added 3 inches.)  Then add 1 inch for the hem.  So my fabric measurement was 20.5 inches wide by 12 (8 + 3 +1)  inches tall.


When cutting the fabric, you want the stretch of the fabric to be going side to side, so the hat will have a little stretch around the head.


After you have cut out your fabric rectangle, put the right sides together and sew up the side using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Next, Fold the bottom hem under 1 inch and pin in place.


Using a zig zag stitch or other decorative stretch stitch, sew over the edge of the folded hem.


I used stitch #47.


Next, cut the top end into an even fringe.  I cut mine about 2.25 inches long.  I figured I could always cut the strips longer or trim the tips if needed, but this length was perfect.


Cut a strip of fleece 11 inches long by about .75 inches wide, this is for the tie to gather the top with.

With your hand, gather the top of the hat, right under the fringe as evenly as possible.  Tie securely with the strip of fabric.


Ta da!  A cute fleece hat made in under 30 minutes!

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Easy Fleece hat tutorial



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29 comments:

  1. that is really cute!!!and your daughter is too!!

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  2. I love this sweet little hat, I may make one for myself and my grand daughter! I think she would love it and I know I will. Hugs, Cindy

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  3. This is so easy. My brother would love to get yellow hat. Now I know how to make it. It is going to be great Christmas gift. Thank you!

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial! I may have to make one for the baby! :)

    I'm your newest follower!

    Sarah @ Handmade by Mommie

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  5. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. This is too ca-ute! Love the hat and cape and the fleece fabric you chose is perfect. Great job! Visiting from COM and wanted to invite you over to my place to link this up to my fashion linky party! It's called DIY Diva Thursdays and we party every TH-M :) HOpe to see you!

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com

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  7. What a fabulous hat! I love how you made the 'pom pom look' at the top! and the cape is just brilliant!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. LOVE the hat! Great tutorial! =) Hopped over from Not JUST a Housewife. Please stop by if you get a minute: http://wp.me/pYcKQ-lk

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  9. Jamie, I just featured you today! LOVE IT!
    Jenny
    Seamingly Smitten

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  10. What a cute hat and an adorable model too!!!! :)

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  11. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  12. This is adorable! I am making these as stocking stuffers! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. So cute and so simple. LOVE IT. Love the cape too!
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

    P.S. More the Merrier Monday end tonight so stop by and link up if you have not already.

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  14. Such a fun idea! Love how it matches the poncho too - all set for winter now!! :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/11/your-whims-wednesday-35-and-features.html

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  15. So cute! Thanks for sharing! What a great and easy DIY. :)

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  16. this tutorial is fabulous ! Thanks for posting this cute hat !

    - KAT -

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  17. This is really cute! I have some extra fleece and this would be great for my son

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  18. Thanks for linking this up to my Tuesday Confessional Link Party. You've been featured! Don't forget to stop by and grab a button.
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/12/tuesday-confessional-features-clever.html
    ~Macy

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  19. I had some fleece I bought of the remnant rack and I was so excited when I saw this saw this project. I made the cutest little hat for my four year old in about five minutes! Thank you so much!

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  20. Love the hat!! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'...I'll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

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  21. I think this is such a great idea, and would make a darling Christmas gift! Thanks for showing off! I am going to be showing this off later today!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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    Christmas blessings,

    Kathy

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  23. Hi!!!

    I don't have a sewing machine...wait...I do, but it doesn't *count* :) It's a tiny little $30 machine from Joanne...I use it to sew the waistbands of the tutus I sell. So, I'm thinking it'll be perfect to sew the main seam (when I can get the bobbin threaded again :(

    In the meantime, do you think it's something I could stitch by hand?? What sort of needle/thread would I want for fleece? Obviously, I couldn't do a zig-zag by hand but would it look as nice with a straight stitch?

    Lots of questions, I know. Thanks :)

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  24. I am sure you could stitch this project by hand in just a few minutes. You don't need anything special, just some all purpose thread and needle. Just do a regular running stitch for the side seam and an overcast stitch for the cuff. This stitch will allow for a little stretching.

    Good luck!
    ~Jamie S.

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  25. Thanks for this! I have a bunch of leftover fleece from larger projects, this will put them to great use!

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  26. I made this with a pair of matching mittens. Super easy, and my daughter loves it!

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