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Method 1 - one print

fleece hats

HINT:  For this style, you might consider using a lighter-weight fleece, as the double thinkness of the fabric makes the hat bulky to work with.

 

1. For a child-size hat, cut a piece of fleece fabric 23" wide by 30" long.  For custom sizing, measure the head and add two inches for the width

2. Fold the fabric in half, so that you have a folded piece of fabric that is 11-1/2" wide by 30" long.

3.  Sew a half-inch seam along the edge opposite the fold.

4.  Turn the hat right-side out, but only halfway, lining up the upfinished edges.

5.  Trim the unfinished edges with pinking shears.

6.  Fold back the folded edge to make a 2" cuff.

7.  Finish the top (see notes below.)

Method 2 - two prints

1. Cut one piece of fleece fabric 23" wide by 15" long for the main part of the hat.

2. Cut a second piece of fleece fabric 23" wide by 4" long for the cuff of the hat.

3. Line up the long edge of the two pieces of fabric and sew a half-inch seam along the matched edge.

4. Turn the fabric and fold at the stitched seam, enclosing the unfinished edge, offsetting the seam slightly onto the large piece of fabric.

5.  Using a zig-zag or other fancy stitch, sew the unfinished edge of the smaller piece onto the larger piece.

6.  Flip the fabric over and turn back the folded seam to make the cuff of the hat.  Pin in place.

7.  Fold the fabric in half so that you have a piece 11-1/2" by 15", positioning the cuff on the inside of the fold.

8.  Line up the unfinished edges, making sure the the cuff is even.  Pin.

9.  Sew a half-inch seam along the unfinished edge.  This can be tricky as the fleece is very bulky at the cuff.  It might help to start sewing from the top of the hat and towards the cuff.

10.  Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears.

11.  Turn the hat.  Trim the unfinished edge at the top with pinking shears.

12.  Finish the top (see notes below.)

Method 3 - two prints

1. Cut one piece of fleece fabric 23" wide by 12" long for the main part of the hat.

2. Cut a second piece of fleece fabric 23" wide by 7" long for the cuff of the hat.

3. Line up the long edge of the two pieces of fabric and sew a half-inch seam along the matched edge.

4. Fold back the smaller fabric to form a cuff, turning the excess fabric under the seamed edge.  Pin in place while folded

5.  Unfold the cuff.  Using a zig-zag or other fancy stitch, sew the unfinished edge of the smaller piece onto the larger piece.

6.  Refold the cuff.  Pin in place.

7.  Fold the fabric in half and match up the two unfinished sides, so that you have a piece approximately 11-1/2" by 15", positioning the cuff on the inside of the fold.

8.  Line up the unfinished edges, making sure the the cuff is even.  Pin.

9.  Sew a half-inch seam along the unfinished edge.  This can be tricky as the fleece is very bulky at the cuff.  It might help to start sewing from the top of the hat towards the cuff.

10.  Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears.

11.  Turn the hat.  Trim the unfinished edge at the top with pinking shears.

12.  Finish the top (see notes below.)

difficulty rating - 1

Finishing the top

1. Choose the style of top you want and trim appropriately.

    ...gathered - simply gather the end and secure with a rubberband.

    ...smooth top - turn the hat inside out, gather the end and secure with a rubberband; turn back.

    ...pom - perform steps for smooth top but include a pom, attaching with yarn.

    ...tassels -  measure the desired tassel length (3-5") from the unfinished edge and draw a light line parallel to the top edge.  Pencil works well for this.  Using sharp scissors, cut strips of fabric about 1/2" wide from the unfinished edge to the drawn line.  (Cut wider strips for a chunky tassel, or thinner strips for a fluffy one.)  Gather the fabric together at the unfinished edge, allowing the appropriate amount of room for fitting on the head.  Secure with a strong rubberband.  Tie a strip of fleece over the rubber band for extra strength and decoration.

2.  Use fleece scraps to apply additional decorations, as well as buttons, snaps and other embellishments as available.