How to sew an infant hat - Trio of Baby Hats

Pattern Review – Trio of Baby Hats by Zaaberry

Who can resist a cute baby hat…certainly not me. When I came across the Trio of Baby Hats by Zaaberry I just had to test them out. Well that was 18 months ago but I have finally got around to making them! The above link will take to the Zaaberry blog Trio of Baby Hats Tutorial and Pattern.

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Cute Kiwi Cushion Free Pattern Tutorial

Cute Kiwi Cushion Free Pattern + Tutorial

Meet my cute kiwi cushion! Nothing quite like a little national pride and what better than a Kiwi. The small fluffy flightless bird of New Zealand we name ourselves after.  Not the equally small and fluffy fruit which we know as kiwifruit rather than just ‘kiwi’ as I have noticed many other countries do.  This cute kiwi cushion would be a great learn to sew project, especially with the little kiwi kids.

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Super Easy Waterproof Swim Bags Tutorial

Super Easy Waterproof Swim Bags – Tutorial

It’s that time of year again, school swimming. Which is great for them, the weather has been hitting 30°C regularly and they could use the cool off.  But the wet togs and towels crammed into their school bags soaking everything else…not so much.  I am not a plastic bag fan, I prefer to use re-usable when possible.  So here we have a super easy tutorial for waterproof swim bags! It is very simple you only need to know how to sew straight lines on a regular machine, which I have a tutorial on if you need it.

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How to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint

Welcome to my how to Repair Small Holes in Clothing using Fabric Paint. Today I’m going to show you how to use dimensional fabric paint to patch little holes in clothing.  I have only done this on tees but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on other fabrics too.  The first T-shirt I patched for Hannah is still going strong 8 weeks later and that is with a lot of wash and wear.

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Upcycling Leggings into Children’s Harem Pants Tutorial

Upcycling leggings is an excellent way to get some extra life out those leggings you never did end up wearing.  I was given this pair and Hannah loved the look of them. They were much to big for her and too small for me not that I thought I would wear them anyway.

Upcycled Leggings into Children's Harem Pants Tutorial

After I was given these leggings to upcycle I had a brain wave for a quick and easy upcycle idea. Since these leggings are quite small and a nice floaty knit fabric (viscose elastane) I thought they would make great Harem pants for Hannah.  The only things I need to alter is the waistband and the length. Let the Upcycling Leggings project begin!

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PUL Reusable Bowl Covers Tutorial

I have been meaning to make some of these reusable bowl covers, for quite a while now.  I too feel a little guilty every time I use plastic wrap…well not so much when I’m making freezer paper stencils mind you that has a purpose!

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I recently saw a tutorial on fabric bowl covers on craft gossip which reminded me I need to make these.  I love their design but decided there had to be an easier and quicker way.

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So I decided to forgo the double layer and save time on sewing a casing for the elastic.  I decided on PUL (I had some left over from my book bags) and thought a little leak protection wouldn’t go astray!  Instead of regular elastic I used shirring elastic, I used to avoid this stuff like the plague but it really is very easy once you try it.

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Now for the quick and easy tutorial!

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Quick Sew Long Fit Baby Hat – Any Size

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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.

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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.

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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
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine (or by hand but will take a lot longer)


Step 1 – Measure Head

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Trim off the four corners so that the hat will lay sit nicely flat once turned around.


Step 4 – Turn and finish seam

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Turn the hat around by pushing the fabric through the opening.

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You can gently use a pencil (not the pointy end!) to help push out the corners if needed.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

Valentine’s Day Sewn Paper Heart Pouches

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Valentine’s Day is not a very big deal here in New Zealand, but it is getting bigger every year.  A little like Halloween I suppose!  I’m never quite sure what to do for Valentine’s Day.  Since I have started blogging and reading a lot of other blogs, I have seen so many cute gift ideas…I didn’t want to miss out!  So being the day before over here I thought I had better get cracking!  Luckily these gorgeous sewn paper heart pouches are very quick and easy to make.

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I really like all the paper pouches sewn in various shapes filled with lollies (yep that is what we call candy or sweets in NZ!).  I love the simpleness and the cuteness factor too.  I also like that you can control how much you put inside!  So since I am just starting out with Valentine’s gifts I will just make them for my immediate family this year.  We’ll see how far we get next year with a little more planning!

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From my previous hobby (card making) I still have plenty of pretty paper and ribbons at my disposal.  I have shared a Handmade Owl Card, Cat Silhouette and a Teddy Bear if you want to check them out.  To be honest I have really been bitten by the sewing bug and don’t really make many cards at the moment.  So using up a few supplies is a probably a great idea!

What you will need

  • Paper any pattern or plain, I have seen very cute ones made from regular brown paper.
  • Decorations – Ribbon, stickers, embellishments of any kind you like
  • Lollies (Candy/Sweets) not too large in size

NOTE: For a non sweet treat option you could add little toys, Lego mini figures would be ideal, or those teeny tiny My Little Ponies.  The options are endless!



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Cut out the shapes you want, of course I have gone with hearts for Valentine’s Day…so original!  You will need a front and a back for each pouch.

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Sew around the edge using a long stitch length and leaving a gap to insert your treasures.  I like to leave the threads long and I don’t lockstitch or reverse over at the start or end.  That way I can tie the threads at the back later.

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Now it is time to fill up your pouch.  You can use a funnel if you like but I found it easy enough just to pour them in holding the treats in the palm of my hand.

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Sew the hole closed taking care to start and finish as close to the original stitches as possible.

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Tie the two sets of top threads together and do the same on the underside.  You should have four sets of two threads tied together.

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Using a needle pull the top threads through the stitch next to where they were tied, down to the underside.  See the photo above!

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Tie the top and bottom threads together at both ends and trim the excess thread.  That is the sewing part finished!

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Now they should look like a little like these.  Time to decorate!!!

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I have these cute little paper fasteners that are excellent for making little decorative ribbon bows.  Great tip: Note the drawing pin (thumb tack/push pin), I use it to make the holes before inserting the paper fasteners, much easier!

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Just fold your bow into shape and use the paper fastener to secure in place.  Remember not to fold out the backs of the fasteners till it is attached to the paper.

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Use you drawing pin to make the hole, that way it goes exactly where you want it and you don’t risk bending the paper fasteners out of shape.

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Insert your paper fastener bow.  Very quick and easy but super cute!

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I love using craft scissors to decorate the cut edge.  It just finishes the edges nicely!

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There you have all a little different but gorgeous none the less!

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Just one more of these delicious peach flavoured hearts…YUM!!