How to navigate this post (and find the pattern):
Products used and Recommended:
- My favorite fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- Ball point needles
- Ball Point double needle
- Walking foot
Beanie Hat Pattern Sewing Instructions:
(Go to page 1 for more pattern details and photos.)
- Pattern (download link found on page 2.)
- Recommended fabric: stretchy fleece or sturdy/stretchy knit
- Ball point/jersey needle
- spray starch/iron
- basic sewing supplies
- Size 3 to 6: up to 2o inch head circumference
- Size 7 t0 9: 21.5 inches
- Preteen/small adult: 22.5
- Large Adult: 24.5
- Enter your name and email to download the pattern. Save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. 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)
- 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.
Tips for sewing with knits:
- 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.
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!)
Step 2: Cut pattern pieces from fabric.
Measure around head (above eyes and ears, choose pattern size that your measurement is closest to without going over.) Cut out pattern size needed.
Fold fabric and cut two pieces, making sure 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.
Fold hat in opposite direction and sew top seam.
Step 4: Hem the bottom of the hat.
Using a stretch stitch, (I like the lightening stitch on my sewing machine.)
Fold bottom of hat up 1 inch, pin and sew.
That’s it! You are done!