Basic Fleece Hat Pattern and Tutorial

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This free basic fleece hat pattern is the base for many of the hats on Fleece Fun.  I love this easy basic fleece hat tutorial. I love the free pattern that comes with it.Master this and you’ll be able to make all the fun variations like the Dragon hat, bear hat, hat with horns or ribbon hat.

The measurements on the pattern are for the circumference of the head.  So the measurement you would get if you too a measuring tape and wrapped in around a person’s head.  Please note that fleece can have varying amounts of stretch to it.

For this project you will need:


1/3 yard fleece (check the remnant bin for great deals)

Sewing Machine

Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)

Basic Fleece Hat Tutorial.

Step 1 – Assemble the pattern cut out pieces

You will need to assemble the free pattern.  For instructions on how to assemble the sewing pattern click here.

Decide on the size of hat you’re making and cut to that line.

On folded cloth pin pattern and cut out. So you have two of the pattern pieces cut out.

Step 2 – Sew the Sides Together

Pin right sides together.  Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew each side of the hat (the long curved side to the point before it dips into a V.  Be sure to leave the bottom (the brim) open. Tip – for a smoother hat, stop the seam a finger’s width before the “v”.

Step 3 – Sew the “V” shut

Now that you’ve sewn the sides of the hat it’s time to close the top.  Fold the hat in half so the seams you just sewed are touching.  Pin the “v” on each side closed.  Sew one seam along the top of the hat closing the v on both sides. (This will make a rounded top.)

Step 4 – Make the Brim

Turn the brim edge under 1 inch (or more/less if you like) pin and sew a zig-zag stitch over the edge of the fabric.  Snip any loose threads and turn right side out.

Get the Free Sewing Pattern Below:

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading  you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern envelope to download the .pdf !


Now that you have the basic hat down try one of these:

Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Angel Hickman Peterson
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  1. I would like to make the articles that can be downloaded because they are lovely as well as handy.

    However, I have come to a complete halt The scale of the paper it is printed on is not defined. As I live in South Africa naturally our measurements will differ from yours. I presume the Fleece Fun kits can be bought or ordered from selected stores in America only.

    This is where my problem comes in. How do I get the patterns to fit without the scale?

    I enjou your articles and products very much!

    • Hi Petro,
      I can see your frustration. In the US we use the imperial measurement system and the paper is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. However as long as you “print to scale” the scale should be maintained. I will be adding a test print page soon so you can check against that. Currently there aren’t any “Fleece Fun Kits” (although I would love it if there were!) so what is available on the website is all there is.
      – Angel

  2. I’m making the fleece hats, and just realized that the pattern I printed from the pdf on the website came out a different size than the pdf I downloaded. It would be really helpful to have measurements written on the patterns to make sure they’re printing correctly. Can you tell me the width in inches of the bottom edge of each of the baby, child, and adult basic fleece hat patterns?

    • Baby

      Small – 16 inches or 40.64

      Large – 17 inches or 43.18 cm


      Small – 17.5 inches or 44.45

      Large – 19 inches or 48.26 cm


      Small 20 inches or 50.8 cm

      Medium 22 inches or 55.88

      Large 24 inches or 60.96

  3. Thank you for sharing this simple pattern. I am preparing to make a large quantity of fleece hats to send to impoverished children in Ethiopia through our church partnering with Compassion International and I disliked the look of the no-sew patterns I have found (as well as the fact that some of them leave slight holes/gaps which could let cold in). While I am able to sew something more complex, I was looking for a pattern which I could whip together rapidly and still be pleased with the outcome. I believe I have found that here and am very excited to get sewing! I appreciate that you’ve shared your pattern for free, it is a blessing!

  4. I wanted to make some baby hats to donate to a children’s hospital. Your pattern looks easy to use (I do not have much sewing experience). But I am not able to access the pattern for the baby or child sizes. When I click on the adult pattern, I get to the pdf. When I click on the child or baby size, I am redirected to the home page. Can you fix this?

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