You can learn how to make a fleece hat for winter using this free pdf sewing pattern that comes in sizes baby to adult. This double layer hat with a cuff is extra warm and is reversable too!
Are you ready to snuggle up and stay warm this winter? Look no further because I have the perfect solution for all your chilly adventures – a cozy fleece hat! Whether you’re an experienced seamstress or just starting out, our step-by-step guide will help you create the most adorable hats, from baby size to adult. Plus, I’ve got a fantastic free PDF pattern that’ll make this DIY project a breeze. So grab your favorite fleece fabric and join me as we dive into the wonderful world of hat-making. Let’s get stitching!
What is a fleece hat and why it’s ideal for cold weather
A fleece hat, also known as a beanie or winter cap, is a type of headwear that is made from soft and warm fleece fabric. It typically covers the entire head, including the forehead and ears, providing excellent insulation against cold weather. These hats are popular during the winter season as they offer both functionality and style.
Fleece fabric is made from synthetic materials such as polyester. It has a tight-knit structure that helps to trap air between its fibers, creating a layer of insulation that keeps the body warm. This makes it an ideal choice for winter clothing items like hats, jackets, and gloves.
One of the main reasons why fleece hats are ideal for cold weather is their ability to retain heat. The thick fabric creates pockets of warmth around your head, keeping you cozy and comfortable even in frigid temperatures. This is especially beneficial for infants and young children who may have difficulty regulating their body temperature.
Additionally, fleece hats are highly breathable compared to other materials commonly used in winter hats like wool or acrylic. This allows moisture to escape easily while still retaining heat, making them suitable for high-intensity activities like skiing or snowboarding where sweating can occur.
Another advantage of fleece hats is their softness and lightweight nature. Unlike traditional knit or woven caps, fleece hats are incredibly soft on the skin and do not cause irritation or discomfort when worn for extended periods. They are also relatively lightweight compared to other bulky winter accessories, making them easy to pack and carry around without adding extra weight
YOU WILL NEED:
Please note that this fabric requires fleece as it has stretch to it. this pattern will not work with fabric that doesn’t stretch.
How to Make a Fleece Hat for winter:
Step 1 – Cut out the free fleece hat pattern
First you will need to assemble the free pdf sewing pattern. For instructions on how to assemble the sewing pattern click here.
You can see that pattern sizes are all together. The pattern takes up 4 sheets of paper. To conserve on paper make the largest size needed first and then cut down the same pattern to a smaller size.
Next, decide on the size of double layer fleece beanie hat you’re making and cut to that line.
Double the fabric. We will need to cut out the exterior and the interior of the warm fleece hat.
Make sure that the stretch of the fabric is going across the hat, for a more comfortable fit.
Cut out the hat pattern.
You should have two of the exterior of the fleece hat.
Next you’ll need to cut out the interior of the hat from the sherpa fleece. I’ve found it’s easier to cut out the sherpa fleece if the fluffy part is touching and the smooth side ( wrong side) is facing out.
Like the fleece make sure that you place the hat on the sherpa so the stretch is going across the pattern.
Pin the pattern down and make sure that there are no lumps or folds in the fabric.
Cut out the free fleece hat pattern again.
You should have two of the interior hat pieces.
Just so you know…
While working with sherpa fleece it’s a good idea to keep a lint roller handy to get any stray fuzzies on your work surface or on you!
STEP 2 – SEW THE SIDES TOGETHER of the double layer hat
This hat is totally reversable but for clarity’s sake I’ll be referring to hat pieces as the exterior (the plaid fabric) and the interior (the sherpa fabric).
Let’s start with the exterior of the hat. 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 (this will eventually become the cuff) open.
Repeat this same process with the sherpa interior of the hat.
For a smoother hat, stop the seam a finger’s width before the “v”.
STEP 3 – SEW THE “V” or top of the warm hat SHUT
Now that you’ve sewn the sides of the hat it’s time to close the top. The “v” refers to the dip in the top of the fleece hat.
Let’s start with the exterior piece. Take the bottom of each “v” on the top and bottom and pull so now the seams you just sewed are touching. Or 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.
Repeat this process with the sherpa lining (interior) of the hat. You now have two piece’s that are ready to become one nice warm hat!
STEP 4 – Finish sewing THE cuffed Fleece hat
First we’re going to prep the hats to become one. Snip a few slits in the curves of the hat exterior and interior (being carful NOT to snip through the seams) to help it lay nicely on the head. Then trim any loose threads.
Next turn the sherpa interior right side out.
The seams should be on the side and all the fuzzy goodness on the outside.
Place the sherpa hat inside the exterior hat, so right sides are now touching.
Line up the side seams. Make sure the interior is straight inside the exterior of the fleece hat.
Using a half inch seam allowance sew the two hats together around the bottom leaving a 3 inch gap for turning.
turn the hat right side out using the turning gap.
Pull the hat all the way out and make sure it’s completely turned.
Stuff the sherpa lining into the hat.
You can either topstitch along the edge of the hat, to sew the gap shut and keep the cuff a little neater. Or you can hand sew the gap shut with a ladder stitch.
Flip up the cuff and your warm fleece hat is ready to wear for winter!
The hat is completely reversible so you can wear either side out.
It’s up to you.
GET THE FREE SEWING PATTERN BELOW:
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