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Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial

Keep the kid’s ears toasty warm and learn how to make an easy fleece hat with this super Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial

No pattern is needed for this super easy fleece hat. Just a fleece and a bit of sewing and you can make these darling hats by the dozen!

Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial

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Fleece Hat Tutorial

Nothing better on a cold and windy day than a warm Fleece Hat! (Especially one that you can make in about 10 minutes.)

Check out how quickly and easily you can make a hat for your little one with this Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial!  (Looking for more free patterns? Be sure to check out my free patterns and tutorials page here.)

I tested this adorable cape pattern from Seemingly Smitten.  The cape was a very easy sew and only took about an hour to sew together.

How to make a 10 minute fleece hat

I had some leftover fleece fabric, so I decided to make an easy fleece hat to go with the cape.   

I love the slouchiness of this fleece hat and the adorable little pom-pom at the top.  The perfect winter accessory!

Update!  See the coordinating 5-minute fleece pom-pom scarf here. It’s made with kitty cat fleece and coulnt be any cuter!)

Easy Fleece hat tutorial

Making this sweet little hat ended up being such a piece of cake, I wanted to share this fleece hat tutorial with you today!  This fleece hat is the perfect project for a beginner as there is only one side seam, a single hem, and no edge finishing! (gotta love fleece, lol)

More simple fleece sewing projects you might like:

How to Make a Fleece Hat:

Easy Fleece hat tutorial

Materials needed for an easy, 10-minute fleece hat:

  • Fleece fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Thread and sewing machine

Fleece Hat Sewing Instructions:

Step 1:  Get your measurements and cut fleece for the hat.

Measure around your model’s head for the width.  (Mine was about 20 inches.)  Add half an inch for the seam allowance.

Next, 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. (I added 3 inches.)  Add 1 more inch for the hem.

(My fabric measurement was 20.5 inches wide by 12 (8 + 3 +1)  inches tall.  She is 4.)

Don’t have a head handy to measure? I have some generic children hat/head measurements listed below. If you know your subject has an above or below average head measurements it would be best to use your measurements instead. (Moms generally know this from well-checks and how their kids heads fit through store-bought t-shirts, lol.)

Age    Head circumference   Top to base of ear 

2 year:         19                            7

3 -5 yr:         20                            7.5

6 to 10 yr:    21                            8

Teen:           22                             8.25

10 minute fleece hat

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.

Step 2: Assembling the fleece hat.

Line up fleece, 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 another decorative stretch stitch, sew over the edge of the folded hem.  (This can also be sewn by hand.)

how to make an easy fleece hat

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.)

how to make an easy fleece hat

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.

how to make an easy fleece hat

Tada!  An adorable fleece hat made in under 15 minutes!

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Learn how to make an Easy Fleece Hat with this quick, 10 minute tutorial.

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Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial

Easy Fleece Hat Tutorial
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Materials

  • Fleece

Tools

  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • basic sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1:  Get your measurements and cut fleece for the hat.

  1. Measure around your model's head for the width.  (Mine was about 20 inches.)  Add half an inch for the seam allowance.
  2. Next, 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. (I added 3 inches.)  Add 1 more inch for the hem.
  3. 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

Step 2: Assembling the fleece hat.

  1. Line up fleece, right sides together and sew up the side using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  2. Next, Fold the bottom hem under 1 inch and pin in place.
  3. Using a zig zag stitch or another decorative stretch stitch, sew over the edge of the folded hem.  (This can also be sewn by hand.)
  4. 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.)
  5. Cut a strip of fleece 11 inches long by about .75 inches wide, this is for the tie to gather the top with.
  6. With your hand, gather the top of the hat, right under the fringe as evenly as possible.  Tie securely with the strip of fabric.
  7. Tada!  An adorable fleece hat made in under 15 minutes!

35 Comments

  1. This is a great little hat! I want to make a few of these to donate to a local charity my church supports. A great project for our sewing club at church too.
    Thanks so much!

  2. I am just wondering how well the hat washes up. Great pattern. I have already made one up. I am just wondering about the tie that holds the fringe together. Is it fairly durable? Worried it will come apart in the wash. Thanks

  3. I love this and your model is sew sweet ?.
    But where can I get the Cape pattern too please?
    People have given me fabulous ideas for gifts.. cape, hat and mittens. . X

    1. That cape was a pattern by Seamingly Smitten but does not seem to be available anymore.

  4. Where did you purchase the fleece fabric? It is so pretty, the hat and cape you have made! Thanks!

    1. I’m having a hard time remembering where that came from… Either Joann’s or Hancock fabric (which is now out of business)
      Good luck!

  5. Did I miss how wide you cut the fringes? Maybe half inch wide?

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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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