This free basic fleece hat pattern is the base for many of the free hat sewing patterns on Fleece Fun. Master this beginner friendly sewing pattern and you’ll be able to make all the fun variations like the Dragon hat, bear hat, hat with horns or ribbon hat. Learn how to make a fleece hat with this step by step tutorial. Once the pattern is assembled you can easily make this hat in under 10 minutes. It’s a great pattern for making several beanies in one sitting! Sizes Newborn, baby, child and adult!
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For this project you will need:
1/3 yard fleece (check the remnant bin for great deals)
Fleece Fun’s Free Sewing Pattern (available by filling out the form at the end of the post)
How to measure for the correct beanie size:
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. The measurements for each size are on the pattern. If you don’t have ready access to the person’s head you’re making it for ages are given for approximate sizing.
What is the best fleece for a hat?
I like to use polar or blizzard fleece when making my fleece hats. I prefer fleece that is anti-pill. But the truth is that this hat will work with most fleece!
Can the beanie hat be made reversible?
Yes! To make the fleece hat reversible it’s simple. You will need to cut out you will need to cut out 4 of the pattern in 1 size larger thank you would if you were just making a regular hat. Follow all of the instruction until you reach step 4. Instead of making the brim you turn one hat right side out and place it inside the other hat so right sides are touching. Sew around the bottom leaving a 2 inch gap for turning. Trim down the seam allowance to 1/2 inch and turn. Sew the gap shut and top stitch along the bottom to allow the fleece hat to sit nicely.
Basic Fleece Hat Tutorial Video:
How to make a Fleece Hat:
Step 1 – Assemble the free pattern and cut out the pieces to the fleece hat
First you will need to assemble the free pdf sewing pattern. For instructions on how to assemble the sewing pattern click here.
Next, decide on the size of fleece beanie 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. Make sure that the stretch of the fabric is going across the hat, for a more comfortable fit.
Step 2 – Sew the Sides Together
Pin right sides together. You can tell the right side of fleece by gently tugging the edge. The side that fabric curls to is the right side. 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 of the fleece hat ) 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 is similar to a boxed corner.)
(This will make a rounded top.)
While the hat is two separate pieces sew the v shut, then sew the sides using a .5 inch seam allowance. Some have found this method more to their liking when sewing the top of the hat.
Step 4 – Make the Brim
Next, 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. In the example I used contrasting thread so the stitching is obvious so you can see it, but when a similar color thread is used it is hardly visible.
Snip any loose threads and turn right side out.
This is the basic version of the hat. From here there are several modifications you can use to make the hat more interesting. You can add cat ears, a unicorn horn, dinosaur spikes. The possibilities are endless. You can see all versions I have made here. There are also several links below to specific modifications. These hats are great for donating and for having extra’s around. ( My kids like to lose their fleece hats a lot!) Fortunately it’s easy to make several of these in one sitting.
I’ve had people ask about the best way to label the size of a fleece hat for donating. My recommendation is to label it on a piece of ribbon ( sublimation markers are great for this) and sew it to the inside brim.
Get the Free Sewing Pattern Below:
You Might also like these free Fleece Hat Patterns:
- Fleece Hat with Earflaps
- Fleece Hat with Ribbon
- Monster Fleece hat
- Fleece hat with Bunny Ears
- Fleece Hat with Puppy Ears
- Fleece Hat with Horns
- Fleece Dragon/ dinosaur, cat, pumpkin, viking
- Fleece Hat with Bear Ears
- Unicorn Fleece Hat
Additional Fleece Sewing Projects:
- Bow Ear Warmer Headband
- Fleece Scarf with Pockets
- Red Riding Hood Cape
- Washable Duster
- Warm Mittens
- Easy Fleece Blanket
- Quick Sew Hobo
- Child’s Fleece Robe
- Child’s Fleece Pants
- How to Make a No Sew Fleece Tie Blanket (better method with templates!)
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You can see a quick version of How to make a fleece hat here.