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Free Beanie Hat Pattern (4 sizes)

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I’ve got a great new Free Beanie Hat Pattern, in four sizes for you today! 

This free fleece beanie hat pattern is the perfect sewing project for beginners, stocking stuffers, holiday gifts, and using up all your leftover fleece!

Free Beanie Hat Pattern (4 sizes) This free beanie pattern is the perfect sewing project for beginners, stocking stuffers, holiday gifts and using up all your leftover fleece!

Free Fleece Hat Pattern

If you’re anything like me and are planning to purchase some fleece during all the Black Friday sales, this is the perfect pattern to use up scraps, and these little fleece beanie hats and scarf sets make perfect stocking stuffers too!

Free Beanie Hat Pattern (4 sizes) This free beanie pattern is the perfect sewing project for beginners, stocking stuffers, holiday gifts and using up all your leftover fleece!

My son rides his bike to school in the morning and has been complaining that his ears are freezing.  I told him, just wear one of your beanie hats to keep them warm. 

That’s when he informed me he had lost both his hats.  One this summer at boy scout camp (they went to Colorado) and the other somewhere at school.

I do have a super cute beanie hat and scarf set tutorial here, but the pom-pom on top makes it kind of girly and not so great for a middle school boy, lol.

Beanie Hat Pattern Information:

This fleece hat pattern is a no-frills super easy to make beanie hat. It’s perfect for both boys and girls and great for almost any occasion.

The Fleece Hat Pattern is available in 4 different sizes, child 3 to 6yr child 7 to 9yr, preteen/small adult, and adult large.

Just for reference, my son (12 yr old) and I wore the adult small and my missy (10 yr old) wore the child 7 to 9.  The fleece was stretchy, so my Hubby could squeeze into the adult small, but the adult large was a better fit for him.  

Beanie Hat Variations

A basic beanie pattern like this one is a perfect base to make a more dressed-up hat. you could:

I’ve already made one for myself, my missy, and 2 of our girl cousins! But you will have to stay tuned for the animal ear version.

I've got a great new Free Beanie Hat Pattern, in four sizes, for you today!  This free fleece hat pattern is the perfect sewing project for beginners, stocking stuffers, holiday gifts and using up all your leftover fleece!

I made a coordinating scarf for him. The fleece scarf pattern is here, a more feminine fleece scarf here, and a no-sew fleece scarf here.

Products Used and Recommended when making this Fleece Beanie Hat:

  1. Favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
  2. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
  3. Rotary Cutter and mat (I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set)
  4. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  5. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
  6. Ball point needles
  7. Ball Point double needle
  8. Fleece

Tips for sewing with various knit fabrics, including fleece:

  • Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
  • Sew seams with either a serger, stretch stitch,  narrow zig zag or a straight stitch with a longer stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (For my project I used a combination of straight stitch and serger for seams and zig zag, double needle on the hems.)
  • Use spray starch when pressing hems.  Sew hems with a zig zag, twin ball point needle, narrow zig zag with a long stitch length or a straight stitch with a long stitch length and a slightly loosened tension or leave raw. (also helps to use a walking foot.)
  • If you find your fabric keeps getting pulled inside the needle plate, place a small piece of tissue underneath the fabric, so the feed dogs have something to grip.
I've got a great new Free Beanie Hat Pattern, in four sizes, for you today!  This free fleece hat pattern is the perfect sewing project for beginners, stocking stuffers, holiday gifts and using up all your leftover fleece!

Beanie Hat Pattern details

  • Seam allowance is 1/4 inch with a 1-inch bottom hem.
  • Since you are sewing with knit fabric and/or fleece, you do not have to finish the inside seams.

Handy hat sizing chart here if you don’t have a little one to measure.

Fleece Beanie Hat Fit Chart:

  • Size 3 to 6:  up to 20-inch head circumference
  • Size 7 to 9: 21.5 inches
  • Preteen/small adult:  22.5
  • Large Adult: 24.5

Tips for Downloading and Printing the Free Beanie Hat Pattern

  • Navigate to the pattern Download Page
  • Add the pattern to your cart and check out.
  • You will be redirected to a thank you page that links to the pattern download. (looks like this) If you enter your email correctly, you will also get an email version of this page for your records.
  • Download and save the free beanie pattern to your PC. Open the free adobe reader, then open the pattern within Adobe reader. (Some computers will auto open the file in adobe and others will try to open it in the chrome pdf reader.  I can only support the pattern when it is opened in the true adobe reader.
  • When printing, choose actual size and auto landscape/portrait. Don’t print from google’s online version of adobe. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print too small.) *there is also a new option to print only the size needed)

Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free adobe reader program, there’s a new printing option for you.  

You can now print only the size needed. (This pattern only, I’m slowly going back and updating the older patterns.) This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white.  (that color ink can be pricey!)

free fleece hat pattern

FYI, this pattern prints horizontally so make sure to choose auto/landscape/portrait and actual size.

Also, all my pattern blocks are 10 by 7.5 inches. So they work on any printer/paper size larger than 10 by 7.5.  (That is why you must choose “actual size” rather than “fit to page”.)

free fleece hat pattern

Where Do I get the Free Beanie Hat Pattern?

Ready to sew your own version of one of these beanie hats?  Download the Free Beanie Hat Pattern here.

Materials Needed to Make a Fleece Beanie Hat:

  • Fleece Beanie Pattern 
  • Recommended fabric: stretchy fleece or sturdy/stretchy knit
  • Ball point/jersey needle
  • spray starch/iron
  • basic sewing supplies

Beanie Hat Sewing Instructions

Time needed: 25 minutes.

Description: Beginner Friendly, free Fleece Beanie Hat Pattern and tutorial.

Step 1 Print Pattern, Tape Together and Cut Out Size Needed.

Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free adobe reader program, there’s a new printing option for you. You can now print only the size needed. (this pattern only, I’ll slowly go back and start updating the older patterns.)

This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white. (that color ink can be pricey!)

free fleece hat pattern

Step 2: Cut Pattern Pieces From Fabric.

Measure around the head (above eyes and ears, choose pattern size that your measurement is closest to without going over.) Cut out pattern size needed.

fleece beanie pattern

Fold the fabric and cut two pieces, making sure the stretch of fabric runs side to side.

Step 3: Sew Hat Together.

Line up 2 pieces, right sides together, and sew along the outer edges as shown below.

How top sew a fleece beanie

Fold hat in opposite direction and sew top seam.

sewing a fleece beanie

Step 4: Hem the Bottom of the Hat.

Using a stretch stitch, (I like the lightning stitch on my sewing machine.)

use a stretch stitch on the beanie pattern hem

Fold the bottom of the fleece beanie up 1 inch, pin and sew.

hemming the fleece beanie on sewing machine

That’s it, You’re Done!

Easy Fleece Beanie

Did You Make a Fleece Beanie with this Pattern?

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Fleece Hat Sewing Instructions

fleece hat pattern

Beginner Friendly, free Fleece Beanie Hat Pattern and tutorial.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Fleece Beanie Pattern
  • Recommended fabric: stretchy fleece or sturdy/stretchy knit
  • Ball point/jersey needle
  • spray starch/iron
  • basic sewing supplies

Instructions

Step 1 Print Pattern, Tape Together and Cut Out Size Needed.

  1. Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free adobe reader program, there’s a new printing option for you. You can now print only the size needed. (this pattern only, I’ll slowly go back and start updating the older patterns.)
  2. This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white. (that color ink can be pricey!)

Step 2: Cut Pattern Pieces From Fabric.

  1. Measure around the head (above eyes and ears, choose pattern size that your measurement is closest to without going over.) Cut out pattern size needed.
  2. Fold the fabric and cut two pieces, making sure the stretch of fabric runs side to side.

Step 3: Sew Hat Together.

  1. Line up 2 pieces, right sides together, and sew along the outer edges as shown in the photos in the post.
  2. Fold hat in opposite direction and sew top seam.

Step 4: Hem the Bottom of the Hat.

  1. Using a stretch stitch, (I like the lightning stitch on my sewing machine.)
  2. Fold the bottom of the fleece beanie up 1 inch, pin and sew.
  3. That’s it, You’re Done!

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31 Comments

  1. I’m looking to make a few of these in different weights of fabric. Just today, my mom got her hair buzz cut because of chemo treatment for lymphoma. We got some lovely knitted hats that were donated but they are too heavy for wearing around the house. So, my questions: Can I use other stretchy material like a knit for clothing? About how much material does it take? (I mean, do I buy ½, ⅓ or ¼ yard, etc?) Thanks, Hannah

    1. Yes, this pattern works with any type of stretch fabric. You might want to give the first one a little fit test as fabric with less stretch will fit differently than fabric with more stretch. The pattern is about 12 inches by 12 inches and you will need to cut 2. So for one hat, you need fabric 12 inches high by about 24 inches wide.

  2. Thank you for sharing your pattern. It was very simple to make. I made one for my granddaughter and she loves it. I will be making one for myself. Again thanks!

  3. Rita. Hookstead says:

    Love this pattern…so simple!

  4. Love this pattern. I just made it and it fits me perfect. It was so simple and easy. I think it took under 30 minutes. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Do you have a yardage chart for this project? Thank you so much! Can’t wait to see them!

  6. Amanda Marlow says:

    I JUST MADE THE ADULT LARGE FOR MY HUSBAND. IT WAS A LITTLE ON THE SHORT SIDE. WE LIKE HATS THAT COVER BELOW OUR EARS. AND IT WAS PRETTY SKIN TIGHT ON HIM. GOOD THING THE FABRIC IS STRETCHY. GOING TO ADD A 3 INCH BOTTOM PIECE AND FOLD IT IN HALF. THAT WAY IT WILL ADD ABOUT 1.5 INCHES TO THE LENGTH OF THE HAT AFTER BEING SEWN ON. ALSO THE HAT IS PRETTY BOXY USING THIS PATTERN. BUT CUTE IDEA. MY FAMILY WILL WEAR THIS WHEN HUNTING.

  7. Cathy Wilson says:

    This was the best and easiest pattern for a soft cotton knit hat. It went together fast and beautifully. Thank you.

  8. Melissa Alger says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful pattern! I made one for my husband and daughter and they love them! But I was curious on how to downsize this pattern for small toddler or even a newborn? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Melissa

  9. MICHELE M BROWN says:

    My apologies. It just took over 20 minutes before coming to my email and thought it would come sooner than that if it was coming at all. I’m sure it will be a great pattern and outcome as we are making several as an outreach project for homeless.

    1. Hmm, definitely should have come sooner than that. Maybe my server was overloaded. But next time, don’t wait for the email, you ca download it directly from the order completion page.

  10. Sue biondich says:

    Thank you for the pattern. The grandkids are always losing there hats and this pattern will help me to keep them warm all winter long.

  11. Tina DeLaRosa says:

    I look forward to receiving my pattern

    1. That’s great! However, I searched my order list for you email and (unless you used a different email) I don’t see that you added the pattern to your cart and checked out?

  12. In Step 2 above, why does your image depict Portrait (vertical) printing of the pattern?

    My Adobe printed Landscape (horizontal), automatically.

    Which is the correct way…your Portrait image above or my Landscape auto print?

    1. I’m not sure where you see portrait. The instructions should say choose actual size and auto landscape/portrait. That way your printer chooses the correct way to print.
      Good luck, jamie

  13. Denise Gregory Wyatt says:

    Hello! How do I download a copy of the pattern?
    Thanks!

    1. Add the pattern to your cart, check out and then click the purple download button.

  14. Kerry Carter says:

    Thank you so much for posting this free pattern. Our Relief Society and Young Women at church will be making scarves and beanies for the holiday boxes we are sending to soldiers. This pattern is perfect for the girls to do.

  15. Kathie Sherman says:

    I have been enjoying reading all the fabulous ideas on your blog on my iPad , and have not been able to download any patterns. Would you please advise me. Blessings, Kraft Kathie

    1. I’m not sure what the problem is. You may need to try a pc or find someone to help.

  16. Connie Schuld says:

    I made a hat using the 3-6 year old pattern for my 3 year old grandson and it didn’t even go over the top of his head. Any suggestions on what I might have done wrong?

    1. What is his head circumference? The numerical sizes are just a guide. There is a generic hat sizing chart linked on page one, and the pattern fit chart is on page 3. He may have an above average size head, which means you would need to adjust the pattern to be a bit wider.

      Also some fleece is stretchier than others, ans is there a possibility you did not cut it with the stretch going side to side? ( I made that mistake when I made the embroidred pompom beanie for my little girl the other day.

      1. Connie Schuld says:

        His measurement is 21. I see now I should have used the next size up. As far as the stretch of the fabric, I placed the bottom part of the pattern along the stretchy side of the fabric. Does that sound right?

  17. Jennifer Mead says:

    I am so excited to make hats! I have a bunch of leftover fleece from poncho projects. Now, I am going to make hats and scarves! What a creative idea, thank you so much for the free patterns!

  18. Sally King says:

    Thank you so much! You are always as generous as you are talented!

    Have a peaceful love-filled holiday season.

    Sally