How to Make a Fleece Beanie Hat


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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