This Easy Pom Pom Fleece Beanie tutorial is a great way to hack a free fleece beanie pattern and give it a fun new look!
How to make a Pom Pom Fleece Beanie Hat
Brr.. We finally had our first real cold front blow through yesterday morning! OK, so technically it was the 2nd cold front of the season, but since we were out of town when the 1st one blew through, (on the beach, woo-hoo) it doesn’t really count.
The timing was definitely right on getting this pom pom fleece beanie done for my lil missy, as it is so cold and windy outside right now. (And I have been waiting patiently to wear my new slim profile Koolaburra by Ugg Boots. Yea! finally, I wore them to hobby lobby last night, lol. Don’t be afraid to buy this brand. They’re owned by Ugg, but are much less expensive and I promise, super nice, toasty warm and so comfy!)
This little project will make the perfect stocking stuffer, btw! Here are a few more handmade stocking stuffer ideas:
- This Fleece Scarf (goes perfectly with the hat!)
- Stretchy Headbands
- Easy Fleece Blanket
- Stay in Place Turban Towel
- Childs Apron (perfect to go with that new play kitchen!)
I do have some exciting news to share today, I finally broke down and bought myself an embroidery machine during the Black Friday sales events. My mom had actually given me her old machine several years ago, but it was really outdated technology (she never even did a project on it). The only way to get designs into that machine was with special proprietary cards and you couldn’t find the cards at a reasonable price anywhere. That machine sat in its box for seven more years, until we finally moved and I got rid of it.
So, I obviously don’t really know what I’m doing yet, but I did manage to download a fancy font from etsy, hooped the project and embroidered the brim of this beanie! (It only took me about 6 hours to get it figured out, lol)
I can definitely spot a few issues on the hat. (like… the embroidery is a bit crooked, the white bobbin thread is showing through and the text probably would have looked better in a single font.) But I’m still glad to get a project under my belt.
After the holidays, I plan to sign up for a few classes to learn the ins and outs of the machine. Luckily, it came with several pre-wound bobbins, <white thread> because I can’t even figure out how to wind the bobbins, lol. (and I want to make some holiday hand towels )
Back to this beanie hat, it uses the beanie pattern from last week. I made a couple of changes to the beanie hat to feminize the pattern. (Basically, I lopped few inches off the bottom and added a separate banded/folded hem and a pom pom.)
I love this look with the banded hem – makes it easier to change up the fabrics types and use multiple patterned fabrics.
I almost think any type of knit fabric would work for this style of beanie hat. One thing to note, by adding the banded hem, it does reduce the stretchability of the hat (especially with fleece.) If the pattern size you choose is already a tight fit, you might consider sizing up.
I did not size up for my missy’s hat. It still fit, but it was definitely tighter around the bottom hem. (She has a narrow head, so she is in the 6 t0 9 size.)
My missy made the pom pom out of the fleece scraps and it came out pretty cute. We don’t have a tutorial for the pom pom yet, but I told her she could make a tutorial and I’ll let her post it. BTW, I’m not sure if you can read the little saying on the hat, it says “messy hair #dontcare.)
We made a special trip to Hobby Lobby for some gray fleece. She wants the next project to be a hat with animal ears and a face embroidered onto the hat. So stay tuned for that one.
Ready to make this hat? Here are the instructions to make this version:
Products used and Recommended:
- My favorite online fabric shop for knits: Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other apparel 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
- Anti-pill Fleece
How to make a Pom Pom Fleece Beanie
Step 1: Visit the original Fleece Beanie post to download the pattern and review the instructions.
Step 2: Make changes to the pattern and cut fabric.
Trim 1.5 inches from the bottom of the hat pattern, Cut 2 pieces of fabric, the width of the pattern by 3.75 inches tall (this is the banded hem.)
Step 3: Putting together the hat.
Follow the original beanie hat instructions up to the point of hemming.
Line up the two strips of fabric, (the banded hem pieces) right sides together and sew along the edges.
Fold the hem band in half, right sides out.
Line up the raw edges of the hat with the hem, right sides together, pin in place and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
If adding a pom pom to the top, securely hand stitched the pom pom in place with coordinating thread.
Tip: If you feel like there is too much slouchiness at the top of the beanie for a pom pom, you can easily remove a bit of fabric for a slightly snugger fit. (Like this)
That’s it you are done!
If you end up making one of these fleece beanie hats, be sure to come back and share a photo on my facebook page or tag me on Instagram using the #scatteredmompatterns.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.