Tip: Make multiple ribbons so you can switch them out to go with different outfits. Combine the hat with a satin flower hair clip for extra drama.
You will need the following:
A printed out version of the Free Fleece Fun Basic hat pattern PDF.
1/3 yard polar fleece (you could actually make several from this)
1 yard 7/8 ribbon
1/8 yard (or less really a scrap) of fusible interfacing
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
Lighter or match (to finish ribbon ends)
Video tutorial here , written below:
Basic Fleece Hat With Ribbon Tutorial
1 – Getting started
Assemble the pattern. Instructions for this can be found here.
On folded cloth pin pattern and cut out. (Note pattern looks different because it has been modified since the picture was taken – this pattern makes an unflattering cone.) If you do not want a 1 inch brim, trim the bottom of the pattern shorter.
2 – Mark where the Ribbon will go
You will notice that on the pattern there are dark vertical lines. These are where the slits/ button holes will go. Mark the top and bottom with a fabric pencil or pen on the right side of the fabric.
3 – Iron on Interfacing
Cut 10, 1 inch rectangles of fusible interfacing. On the wrong side of the fabric place these where your marks are on the other side (you can eyeball this or flip the pattern over and mark the wrong side of the fabric too. Just note that the markings aren’t evenly spaced so you need to make sure that you flip the pattern over or your markings won’t match up. You want to use the interfacing because fleece stretches out easily. Also be careful and follow the interface instructions because fleece will melt and take the shape of the iron if you aren’t careful.
4 – Sew the Button Holes – DO NOT PANIC THERE IS ANOTHER WAY =)
Sew button holes where you marked on each of the pieces – do not open the holes until later.
Alternate 1 – instead of making button holes make rectangles with a narrow zigzag stitch using the marking as a guide for how long they should be – again do not open the holes until later.
Alternate 2 – do nothing you can open the holes at a later step.
5 – Pin and sew
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.)
6 – Finish sewing the top of hat
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.)
Finish the Hat
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.
Now you can open the button holes/zig zag boxes. If you want to keep it really simple, (Alternate 3) just snip the holes open.
Using a lighter or match melt the ends of the ribbon so it doesn’t fray (be careful), and thread the ribbon through the hat. Tie into a bow and Tada! Your hat is finished.