Instructions for How to Make a Fabric Child's Beanie Hat

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Instructions for How to Make a Fabric Child's Beanie Hat
A beanie hat is a style for younger and older children. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A beanie hat is a snug fitting hat that is usually made of a stretchy fabric or knit. This type of hat is comfortable and keeps the ears warm. Children often need to wear comfortable hats when playing outside in the winter, but they can easily lose them too. Having a simple pattern on hand makes it easy and inexpensive to replace hats quickly. A hat only takes a few minutes to sew, even if you add chin ties.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Beanie pattern
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbons (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate a beanie hat pattern. This pattern is one piece and it looks like four gothic-arched windows next to each other. This pattern is available online for free (Resource). Determine the best size for your child's head.

  2. 2

    Find a stretchy fabric. You will need an 11-by-19-inch piece of fabric for a toddler, 11-by-21 inches for a young adult and 11-by-23 inches for an adult. Fabric measurements are marked on the pattern. Old sweaters, fleece and other fabrics work well. You can use a non-stretchy fabric such as jean material, but the fit will be tighter which may mean a little extra pinning and sewing to correct the fit.

  3. 3

    Pin the pattern on the fabric and cut out your pattern. The pattern is one piece so it is not necessary to fold your pattern or fabric when cutting.

  4. 4

    Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, with the face sides together so that you see two arches on one end and a flat side on the bottom end. Start at the 90 degree corner and sew toward the arches. The face side of fabric is the side that faces outward on the finished project. Face sides together is a standard sewing term to differentiate the right (face side) from the wrong (back side) of the fabric. All fabrics have a face side.

  5. 5

    Sew along the side and up the first set of arches. Stop at the point of the arch and remove your hat from the sewing machine. Half of each arch needs to be sewn to 1/2 of the adjacent arch to form the top of the hat. You have already sewn two adjacent half arches together with your first seam. Move away from your first seam to your left. You will see half of one arch bending to the right and half of the adjacent arch bending to the left.

  6. 6

    Fold the two arch halves together, aligning the curves. Pin with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew from the bottom of the seam toward the arch point. When you reach the arch point, stop and remove the hat from the sewing machine. Move away from your second seam to your left. You will see half of one arch bending to the right and half of the adjacent arch bending to the left.

  7. 7

    Fold the two arch halves together, aligning the curves. Pin with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew from the bottom of the seam toward the arch point. When you reach the arch point, stop and remove the hat from the sewing machine. Move away from your third seam to your left. You will see half of one arch bending to the right and half of the adjacent arch bending to the left.

  8. 8

    Fold the two arch halves together, aligning the curves. Pin with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew from the bottom of the seam toward the arch point. When you reach the arch point, stop and remove the hat from the sewing machine. All four seams creating the top of the hat should be sewn.

  9. 9

    Hand-sew the points and trim off the excess fabric. Turn the hat face side out. Fold the fabric on the bottom flat side under 1/4 inch. Fold the fold under another 1/4 inch to make a rolled hem. Hem along the bottom edge.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a pom-pom to the points or ribbons along the sides to dress up your basic beanie.

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