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Cover your little one’s head this winter with this extremely easy Fleece Hat Pattern. This is perfect to make, even if you’ve never sewn before! With no pattern needed, this will probably be the simplest sewing project that you’ve ever done.
Making an Easy Fleece Hat
To make a fleece hat, all you need is a small amount of fabric, needle and thread, and about 10 minutes of your time. Making a simple fleece hat is even easier than you think and this is a great project for a beginner. You can be creating custom (and cute) fleece hats for everyone in your family. These fleece hats are also great to give as gifts or you could make them to give out to homeless and women’s shelters this winter.
In total, all you need to do to make a fleece hat is:
- Cut the Fabric
- Measure the Fabric
- Sew One Straight Line
- Cut and Tie the Fringe
- Roll Up The Bottom
The steps couldn’t be any simpler…are you ready to get started?
Why I Love Making Fleece Hats
I’m always the one at the store digging around in the bargain bin fabric. Is it just me or is there something about the discounted fabric that is just….exciting? It seems like most of my sewing projects tend to be made with scraps or small pieces so I love finding a deal and adding to my fabric bin at home.
Once upon a time, I ended up with a bunch of fleece that I had gotten for a very cheap price per yard. After I stocked up, I came home and sat down in front of my sewing machine trying to figure out what I should make first. Being that it was almost winter here and still will be for a while yet I decided that a fleece hat would be the perfect project.
This fleece hat pattern is so easy to put together you will wonder why you haven’t made these already. These are definitely going to be my stocking stuffers for the whole family next year! Even if you aren’t a sewer you can make these! All they require for sewing is one simple straight line. Start to finish this free pattern takes no more than 10 minutes tops. 🙂 Enjoy!
Making a Homemade Fleece Hat Instructions
Start by finding the piece of fleece fabric that you want to use. It won’t matter for this project if you use cotton, polyester, or even a wool-style fleece. Anything that will keep a head warm will work!
Start by measuring your hat-wearer’s head with a measuring tape. Fleece is usually a little stretchy so you don’t need to add in much extra but just to make sure, I would add an extra 1/2 inch seam allowance onto your measurement.
If your fleece does not have any stretch to it at all, add a little more extra space or select a different fleece fabric.
This measurement that you are making now will be the width.
Now for the length here are some measurements:
Baby – 10 inches
Toddler & Child – 13 inches
Adult – 15- 17 inches
Those measurements may be a little give or take depending on the size of the hat-wearer’s head.
Cut the fabric to this length now and you are officially done with cutting out your hat!
Fold the fleece the wrong side out and stitch a straight linedown the side of the hat. You are sewing down the cut sides to keep them together. You can sew fleece with a regular needle since it’s only 2 layers and won’t be too thick.
I used a zigzag stitch just for extra strength. This could also easily be hand sewn if you are able to sew in a fairly straight line.
Leave 2 inches unsewn along this straight line at the top of the hat for the next step.
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Take a rotary cutter or scissors and cut 2-inch long strips across the top of the hat. Turn the hat right side out.
This will be for the fringe or the poof on top of the hat.
Gather all the cut strips together and tie with another thin fleece strip. (Just a piece of scrap fleece will do.) If you don’t have any extras you can also use a piece of yarn.)
Fold up the bottom of the hat as many times as needed to create the brim of the hat.
And that’s all you need to do to create a super cute fleece beanie. This is such an easy fleece hat pattern, anyone can do it!
When I made these for my little one, I can get 3 hats out of 1/2 yard of fleece or I could do one hat for me and one hat for him with some fleece left over from the 1/2 yard. (This was for a toddler sized head.)
This project would be very easy to make even with small scraps of fleece fabric and you could definitely hand sew it if you don’t own a sewing machine.
Another fun and simple free sewing pattern for a project (that can also be handsewn) you need to check out these Homemade Hand Warmers.
Here are more Crafts and Sewing Projects for you to try.
Where Can I Buy Fleece Fabric?
There are often many sales on fleece fabric at stores like Joann Fabrics as we get into winter and close to the holiday season.
If you are looking to buy fleece fabric in other times of the year or if you are looking for more specialty prints, I would recommend getting fabric from Fabric.com . When I want to order fabric online, they are my favorite fabric store to shop at because they have such a huge selection. They also have free and fast shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member. Perfect for when you need to save money on gas and trips to the store!
How Much Fabric Do I Need to Make a Fleece Hat?
You can make 4-6 fleece hats out of one yard of fleece fabric depending on if you are making them for a child or for an adult.
How Do You Make an Adult Fleece Hat?
The measurements given above are in different sizes for each age. The best measurement you can get for width will be the measure your hat-wearer’s head first and then you can use the pre-determined sizes above for the length.
Can Fleece Be Embroidered?
Yes, you can embrioder fleece if you have a machine that does that or if you are skilled with hand embroidery. That would definitely make these hats extra special as a gift.
What fun projects do you make with fleece?
This Fleece Hat Pattern blog post was originally published on Little House Living in February 2014. It has been updated as of September 2022.