DIY: How to Sew Infant Hats


Sew a simple, cute hat to keep a baby's head warm during the cold winter months. Use a soft fabric, such as fleece or a cotton jersey so that the hat doesn't irritate the baby's head. Making a hat is a project suitable for beginners. After sewing the hat for an infant, you can increase the size of the pattern to make hats for older children or even for adults. Once you feel comfortable with the basic shape, add pom-poms or other embellishments to the hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fleece or cotton jersey fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Measure around the baby's head at the widest part, at the top of the ears and around the middle part of the forehead.

  • Cut a piece of fabric that measures the width around the baby's head, plus 1/2 inch for a seam allowance by 10 inches.

  • Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides facing out. Pin the side edge together, then sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

  • Pin the top edge of the hat together and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

  • Turn the hat right side out. Turn the bottom edge of the hat up 1/2 inch and pin, then sew. Turn the bottom up another inch to make a cuff. Try the hat on the baby's head and adjust the size of the cuff as needed to make the hat fit. Take the hat of off the baby's head, pin and then sew the cuff.

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