Hats with Girl Charlee Hacci Sweater Knit

HatsBeanies, or Cold Weather Toboggan

Ms. R Smiling with hat

Hats, who doesn’t love a hat in cold weather! This tutorial will show you how easy it is to draft a quick pattern using your measurements and then sew together a hat for Baby, kid/tween, and adult! It’s fun, fast, and an easy project.

I will show you how to use some necessary measurements to create a cute hat for everyone in your family!  My head is 20 inches around, so I wanted to start with at least a 20 width of fabric. This will enable me to use negative ease to keep it on my head (you can always make it 1-2 inches smaller depending on the fabric stretch).  I wanted it to be a little more of a slouchy hat, so I used 8 1/2″ to make the depth of the hat.  This will allow some extra in the back of the fabric to slouch.  If I wanted this to fit like a Toboggan, I would have used 6″ for the depth. You would take the 2 1/2″ off the height of the fabric and follow the same instructions using the different measurements. (Contact me if you are having any problems)

Let’s Make Hats!

Girl Charlee sent me this super adorable Ugly Sweater Reindeer Diamond Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric; it’s a nice weight and thicker to keep those heads toasty and warm.  With this crazy cold front this year, it’s the perfect fabric to use! Even though I was given this material to make a tutorial for you all, my thoughts are my own.

What you will need:

1/2 yard of knit fabric 
Paper – 20″ (horizontally) x 11 1/2″ (vertically)
Stretch, jersey, or Ballpoint Needle
Matching all-purpose polyester thread or Coats&Clarks new Eloflex
Sewing Kit
Sewing machine 

 All of the sewing on this project is 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Instructions:

First: Fold the paper in half, and then half again; it will now be in quarters. 
tracing paper in fourths
 
 
Next: See the image below for creating your pattern. On the right side of the folded paper, measure up the side 8 1/2″ and mark, then at the top edge of the right side, mark 1/2″ in from the folded edge. Using a ruler, draw a line from the edge of the paper at the 8 1/2″ mark at an angle to the 1/2″ mark measurement.  Then on the left side of the paper, measure up 6″ from the bottom. Then, using something circular, connect that 6″ mark to the top.
making your pattern
cutting out your tracing paper
   
 
 
Next: Cut out the Beanie shape, cutting through 1 layer of fabric.
placing pattern to fabric and pin
 
 
Remove the pattern and pin the fabric in half.
easy way to make a hat
cut out according to your measurements
 
Then stitch along edge 1, and edge 2.
side view pinning and sew up the sides
sew up the sides
Then re-fold the hat so the two seams you have just sewn are in the center.
Pin and sew the last curved seam around the top.  
hat flat and pinned up
love how easy this hat is to make

sewing up the side to create the 3d shape
these seams can sometimes be hard but you got this!

Next, you will need to him the raw edge if you prefer; just remember knit doesn’t fray, so finish the raw edge how you would like! 
I folded up 1/2 inch and zig-zag around using matching thread. 

pinning makes it so much easier to sew.
always pin to make it look the best
zigzag the bottom edge for hemming
easy stitches – zig zag

 

Tada! You are done!  Quick and easy way to make a hat for anyone in your family!

a fun saggy hat
floppy hat side view
front view of floppy hat
Let me know if you made one.
 
A huge Thank You to Girl Charlee for supplying the fabric for this project! I hope you will check out the fantastic choice of materials they have to offer and sew each family member up to one of these adorable hats! 
 
Any questions? Post them below! 
Have a wonderful weekend!!
 
 

The owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, Located in Kettering, Ohio. I love teaching, it really is my passion. The "lightbulb" moments are my favorite! I am so excited to share my passion for sewing, design, and art with you! I was also a former co-owner of Sew Dayton.

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