DIY Fleece Hat with Contrast
I started with this project as a no-sew fleece hat. It was no bueno. But, with a few simple stitches, it was as cute as can be!
I’m a beginner when it comes to sewing, so this was the prefect project to get up to speed. Now, I’m going to be using straight stitches, but you can go to town with a serger or overlock stitches if that suits you.
Ok, first grab two contrasting pieces of fleece. Make sure the fleece stretches lengthwise.
I’m using remnants from JoAnn Fabric and Walmart. The pink and blue hat above is a licensed Frozen fleece pattern. For demonstrations I’m using a different pattern because I ran out of the Frozen fleece. By the way, Frozen fleece is MUCH cheaper at Walmart than at JoAnn Fabrics, but it is hard to find.
Measure your head or the wearer’s, and add an inch. My daughter’s head circumference was 19″, so I’m going to cut a rectangle 20″ wide by 14″ high.
Next, cut fringe at the top. The fringe should be 1/2″ wide by 4″ long (more or less).
With right sides together, pin and sew a seam lengthwise.
Trim off any excess.
Undo the the pins, and with right sides together fold into a tube, and pin again.
Sew down the length of the hat.
Trim off any excess as needed.
Then, turn the tube right side out.
Fold the contrasting color into the inside of the hat.
Next, you’ll need one of your scraps to tie the top of your hat.
I found it helpful to fold the hat into a cloverleaf to tie, this way the hat didn’t become lopsided.
Tie your scrap around the base of the fringe, and cut off the ends.
Fold up the bottom and voila, an awesome hat!