18 Inch doll fleece hat free pattern tutorial

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This 18 inch doll fleece hat free pattern is cute and relatively easy to make!I love this 18 inch doll fleece hat free pattern and tutorial. I love this sewing tutorial and it's perfect for my little ones American Girl doll. This doll fleece hat is adorable on!  You can also make a matching hat for little girls you can get that pattern here. This fleece project is easy to sew.

Tip:  Make multiple ribbons so you can switch them out to go with different outfits.

Today I’m sharing and 18 inch size of my popular ribbon hat tutorial. I love this 18 inch doll fleece hat free pattern and tutorial. I love this sewing tutorial and it's perfect for my little ones American Girl doll. I confess that this pattern has been asked about for a year now ever since it appeared on Jess’s doll wearing her soft shell coat.   This cute doll hat is easy to make (it would even be a great first sewing project.

You will need the following:

A printed out version of the Free Fleece fun doll fleece hat pattern PDF.
1/4 yard polar fleece (you could actually make several from this)
1 yard 1/2 ribbon
1/8 yard (or less really a scrap) of fusible interfacing
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
Lighter or match (to finish ribbon ends)


18 inch doll fleece hat free pattern 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.)

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.

4 – Snip Holes

Snip holes where you marked on each of the pieces.

5 – Pin and sew

Pin right sides together.  Using a .25 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 .25 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.

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.

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 !


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