When my kids were little and their winters were full of sledding, snowball fights, and snow fort building, we used to have so many pairs of mittens, hats, snow pants, and coats lying around that it drove me CRAZY! In addition to all the clutter, no one could ever keep track of their snow gear, and inevitably things would get lost or go missing.
When I came across this project for making fleece hats, I immediately wished I had known about this a decade ago! If I had been able to replace a missing hat with 5 minutes of work, I would could have avoided several of my children’s angry tantrums, as well as many trips to the thrift store for replacements. But I can’t change the past, so I offer a tutorial of this simple project to you, in hopes that it will make handling your winter clothing situation a little bit easier. :-)
5-Minute Fleece Hats
What you’ll need:
Fleece fabric* (1 yd will make about 4 hats)
Yarn or string
*Note from Britta: I found all of the fleece shown in this post at Joann. It was hard to narrow it down to just a few, because they had so many cute options! I ended up choosing Navy White Zig Zag Aztec, Jacob’s Triangles, and Navy Orange Southwest.
Start by cutting a rectangle of fleece that is 16” on one side, and the other length will be the circumference of the head of whoever will be wearing the hat, plus 2”. (According to various internet sources, the average head size for adults is between 21”-23”. A quick search will also show you average head sizes for babies and children!)
Once you have your rectangle cut out, lay it face up, and fold it in half so the 16” edges match up. Using your sewing machine, sew that edge together leaving a 1/2” margin.
Bonus tip: If your machine does different stitches, choosing a zigzag stitch is a good option here. It allows the fleece to retain its natural stretch, rather than having a rigid straight stitch.
When you’re done, flip the fleece inside out, so that your hem is now on the inside of the “tube” you’ve made. Fold one of the open ends over twice, so there is a 1” or so cuff. (I found that the fleece didn’t really want to stay folded without some additional convincing, so I would recommend either stitching the cuff closed, or at least ironing the folds in.)
On the other end, gather the fabric together where the top of the wearer’s head would be, and use a length of yarn or string to tie it off.
You are certainly welcome to stop here, but I chose to take the extra fabric on top and make it into a sort of pom pom! All you need to do is cut the fabric above the string or yarn into 1/2”-3/4” pieces, stopping just before the string. I also chose to take a bit of length off of each of the pieces, just so it would be a little more poofy, rather than floppy.
These hats honestly took me 5 minutes or less to make. It took me longer to set up my sewing machine than it did to make one of these hats! And once you get going, they’re so easy and quick that you just might want to make more.
Based on my experience, if you happen to find some really cute fleece, you’re going to have several eager customers! :-)