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Make A Cozy Fleece Hat In 5 Minutes Flat!

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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

5-Minute Fleece Hats

What you’ll need:

Fleece fabric* (1 yd will make about 4 hats)
Scissors
Yarn or string
Sewing machine

*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!)

5-Minute Fleece Hats

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.

5-Minute Fleece Hats

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.)

5-Minute Fleece Hats

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.

5-Minute Fleece Hats

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.

5 minute beanie

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! :-)

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  • This is super cool. We had a drawer of hats as kids, and they inevitably all got lost at one point or another, “Maaaaa! Where did you put my hat?!”

  • Instead of ironing, I would fold then tack it down with needle and thread (one tack in front, back and both sides) to hold in place. It should hold up to multiple washings as well ……………..

  • Great idea!! A couple of hints on working with fleece: (a) fleece stretches, don’t pull it through the sewing machine – stretches the fabric out of shape and you can damage the sewing machine with the needle getting pulled into the wrong place inside the machine – use an even-feed or walking foot to move the fabric evenly through the needle and (b) if you are going to iron fleece, use a low temperature so you don’t melt the fleece to to your iron.

  • I’ve been sewing for 70+ years, made all my own clothes, even made a suit for my husband, and you lost me on the hats. After making the “tube”…….you turned the bottom up twice? That leaves the “seam” exposed! Instead, turn it under 2″ (or twice what you want the fold to be) stitch into place, then fold it up. The string around the top, I agree with the other poster. Try a long running stitch on the sewing machine, then gather it up, and knot the ends. Even a hand running stitch might do it. It’s really a clever idea, and fast, too.

  • I have made over 3000 simple fleece hat’s for chemo patients. They are soft enough to sleep in and help retain body heat. The pattern I follow uses 2 – 11″ squares, cutting a semi circle at the top. Zig zag the seams and donate it to the local infusion center.

  • How do you come up with such great ideas? Fleece keeps you so warm and would be perfect for making a quick hat.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark
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  • What a great idea! I wish I’d known when my kids were young about these hats. So simple to make. Mittens would be easy too. You could make matching sets of mittens, hats and scarves for gifts at Christmas or birthdays or just because.

  • If we didn’t want to tie off top with string, is there a way to sew it that way? Newbie sewing mom with rough kids, I can see string not lasting very long… :(

    • I have 3 sons and I get what you mean by rough kids. You could use a very strong thread (upholstery?), doubled up, and sew a running stitch in and out all around that upper part of the tube. Do not knot one end but be careful not to pull the threads through and leave long tails – then cut off the needle once you have stitched all the way around (don’t use tiny stitches)…finally gather the fleece along that running stitch and knot very tightly. You could even put a drop of super glue on that knot. Putting in a running stitch and gathering it will only take 2 minutes.

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