How to Make a Fleece Beanie Hat

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Stay chic and comfortable with a fleece cap.
Stay chic and comfortable with a fleece cap. (Image: nito100/iStock/Getty Images)

Whether it’s a simple style that doesn’t require a pattern or an elaborately designed, one-of-a-kind variety, fleece beanies are equal parts panache and warmth. Even beginning seamstresses can complete this uncomplicated, single-seam project in minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fleece
  • Scissors
  • Quilter’s pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Iron
  • Tissue paper
  • 1/2-inch ribbon

No Pattern, No Problem

Measure around your head where you want to wear the beanie. Add 1 inch to your measurement.

Mark out a rectangle that is 18 inches wide and as long as your head measurements.

Fold the fabric so that the right sides are together and the 8-inch ends match. Pin the edges together.

Stitch the ends together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Measure and mark 1/2-inch intervals around one edge of the circle of fabric. These mark the width of the beanie’s fringe.

Draw a line 6 inches from the same edge of the fabric, all around the circle. This will be your “stop cutting” line.

Cut to the stopping line at each of the 1/2-inch marks you made for the fringe.

Turn the circle inside out so that the seam in on the inside.

Cut a 1-inch by 13-inch strip of fleece.

Gather the fleece circle just below the cutting line and tie it with the extra strip. Trim any extra to make the ends the same length as the trim.

Roll 2 inches up along the open edge. Roll it again the same amount. Press the cuff.

Patterns and Ribbon

Draw a semicircle pattern with a straight edge that is half the circumference of your head plus 5/8 inch on a sheet of tissue paper. At the top, mark a V that measures about 1 1/2 inches across, with 1 1/2-inch legs.

Cut out the paper pattern, leaving 1/2 inch around the outside lines.

Fold the fleece with the right sides together.

Pin the pattern to the folded fabric.

Cut out the two pieces.

Stitch the pieces together, using a 5/8-inch seam allowance.

Trim the seam to 1/4 inch and press it open.

Top-stitch the opening of the beanie, using a zigzag stitch. This helps keep the edge flat, as well as adding a decorative touch.

Measure 1 inch from the edge of the beanie and make a light mark with the chalk.

Mark a second spot 3/4 inch above the first. Connect the marks with a chalk line.

Continue making lines around the hat, about 2 inches apart. Adjust the spacing to keep the lines evenly spaced around the circumference.

Cut each of the marked lines to make small slits around the hat.

Measure a piece of ribbon that is about 12 inches longer than the distance around your head.

Weave the ribbon through the slits, beginning and ending on one side of the hat. Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the ends at a diagonal angle.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of tying a bow, you can overlap the ribbon ends slightly and stitch them down. Cover the ends with a brooch, fabric flower, button or other embellishment.To make your beanie even more versatile, stitch hook-and-loop tape to the overlapped ends and to the embellishments, so you can switch them out easily.

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