Good Morning All.
Here are my pics of my easy fleece hats.
To make these hats is very simple. All you need is at least 1/2 yard of fleece to complete.
Measure the stretchy side of material to the circumference of the size hat you wish to make (see chart below). Depending on which type of hat you are making the length (seam side) will be around 13 to 16 inches long.
Here is an example, you are making a fringe hat your material will be 21 inches by 16 inches (add 1 inch to the side seam for seam allowance). After you sew the seam up, you will cut closely to the seam to have a real nice finished edge. You then take 2 inches from one of the ends and bring it up on the same side as your seam. This will be the band. You then sew the band and then again clip closely to the sewn edge. Now all you have left to do is the other end. Lay the hat down with the seam in the middle of the hat. Take a ruler and make a line across that measures anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 inches across. This will be your line for the length of fringe. In my fringe hats I cut the fleece every 1/2 inch. Now you are ready to gather the fringe and tie. Turn the hat right side and gather fringe. What I did so that they look nice, I took and folded in half then brought the side to the center. Where the fringe is I then folded at an angle the outside into the center. I then grasped the fringe and held in hand. Taking one of the good piece of seam that I cut off, I used to tie the fringe tight. Wrap it around twice and knot twice. Make sure that you do the knotting by the seam where it won’t be noticeable.
To make the double fringe (flower appearance), you will make another band at the other end that will be cut. Make sure you don’t cut the seam when you are making the fringe. Again, once completed you gather and tie.
To make the plain hat, I still made the fringe and tied, but then cut all the fringe out. You have to make sure when you do the plain hat, the fringe is on the inside of the hat. When you cut all the fringe off, continue to cut the fleece closely to make a nice and neat little ball.
To do the beaded hats, I took pony beads to each piece of fringe. Hooked 2 beads to each piece of fring, tied a knot to the end so the bead stays in place. The type of hook I used is used for turning purse handles and straps. I do not know any other way to bead them on, if you would know, please post a comment.
Here are the sizes for hats so you have the correct information, I usually just stick with the circumference of 16 (easier to remember). I have some cute fleece for babies and am going to make some newborn/infant sizes.:
Average Head Sizes
Newborn (6 months and younger)
Circumference: 14 to 17 inches
Crown: 8 to 10 inches
Infant (6 to 12 months)
Circumference: 16 to 19 inches
Crown: 11 to 12 inches
Child (12 months to 3 years)
Circumference: 18 to 20 inches
Crown: 11 to 12 inches
Child (3 years and older)
Circumference: 20 to 22 inches
Crown: 13 to 14 inches
Circumference: 21 to 23 1/2 inches
Crown: 13 to 15 inches
Circumference: 22 to 24 1/2 inches
Crown: 14 to 16 inches