Things are finally cooling off around here, and some hats are definitely going to be needed! This is a very quick and easy baby hat that can be worn for a long time as baby grows by adjusting the size of the fold. In this tutorial I will give you all the instructions you need to make this hat in any size you like.
This hat is sewn in stretchy knit fabric (don’t be scared…knits are so much fun once you try!) this one is upcycled from a jersey, you only need two rectangles of fabric. This little hat also has no seams against the baby’s head, so no uncomfortable scratchy seams leaving marks on those precious little heads.
You can even finish off by tying off the corners and making these cute little ears! Lets get started with the tutorial.
What you will need
- Stretch Fabric – I used an old soft knit jersey of Hannah’s
- Sewing Machine (or by hand but will take a lot longer)
Step 1 – Measure Head
You can either measure the wearers head or use the standard measurements I found on a crochet site. If you are measuring, make sure you measure the largest part of baby’s head. As you can see Hannah’s ‘baby’ is getting a new hat, and you might even recognise her from my Baby Doll Nappy (Diaper) Tutorial.
Hannah’s Baby has a 26.5cm head circumference. You will need to halve this number which will be 13.25cm. And your fabric dimensions will be 26.5cm x 13.25cm! This allows for a fold over rim which can be folded more or less as needed, making this hat last a lot longer on a growing baby!
Step 2 – Cut your Fabric
I like to cut mine on the fold to make it easier. The bottom edge in the photo is folded. If you are cutting on the fold you will need to cut a square, in my case 13.25c,m x 13.25cm. The stretch in the fabric must go parallel to the shortest side, so in my photo above from left to right. That way it can stretch around baby’s head.
Folded out you can see I have two rectangles measuring 26.5cm x 13.25cm. If you are wondering why I didn’t add any seam allowance, it is because the fabric is stretchy it needs to be a little smaller than the head size, so the seam allowance takes care of that nicely.
Step 3 – Sewing
With the right sides of the fabric facing each other (inside out) pin all the edges together. Leave a 5cm (2 inch) gap to be able to turn the hat around the right way. You can see I have marked this with a double pins so that I don’t accidentally sew it shut!
Start sewing from the edge of the gap (remove the pins don’t sew over top of them!) and reverse over a couple of stitches to secure. As you can see I am using the edge of my pressor foot as the guide, this is roughly 2/8”. I would recommend using a little larger of 1cm (3/8”), if your fabric is very stretchy or your hat is very large I would make the seam allowance a little bigger still.
When you get to the corners leave the needle in the fabric, lift the pressor foot and pivot the fabric to line up with the next side. The lower the pressor foot and carry on sewing. Remember to stop at the start of the opening!
It should look like this! If you have trouble with the fabric stretching as you sew, make sure you sew slowly and stop with the needle in and lift the pressor foot a few times to let the fabric relax as you go.
Trim off the four corners so that the hat will lay sit nicely flat once turned around.
Step 4 – Turn and finish seam
Turn the hat around by pushing the fabric through the opening.
You can gently use a pencil (not the pointy end!) to help push out the corners if needed.
Hand stitch the opening closed. You can machine stitch this but then you will be able to see the stitching, but it will end up inside the hat so it’s not a big deal.
Grab the hat in the centre and push one side inside the other. Take a little time to get the corners lined up nicely and sitting fairly flat on the inside.
Step 5 – Enjoy your hat!
I think it’s rather cute!! I do love Hannah’s baby she’s such a patient model! As an optional extra you can tie off the the corners for a completely different look.
Step 6 – Optional – Tie Corners
To do this I just wrapped a little thread around each corner and pulled it tight, knotted it and tucked the thread ends inside the little ears using a needle. So simple and very effective!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, as always I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment!