Hey y’all – today I’m sharing a tutorial for these super simple to sew beanie hats. These seriously take like 10 minutes each to sew, making them a perfect last minute gift. (Ask me how I know – because I sewed the bird hat about 10 minutes before this photo shoot).
I used Idle Wild Knits (95% cotton 5% spandex jersey knit) to make these hats. You’ll need 1/2 – 3/4 yard because the knit stretches selvedge to selvedge, but once you get that amount you can make two hats out of it.
I have two options for you – you can either draft your own pattern with the very specific directions below, or I now have this available in my shop to buy! It includes all the sizes preemie – men as well as the printable sewing instructions. To buy it, you can use the button below or visit my shop here.
To make your pattern, first divide the head circumference for the size you need by 4. Then draw a rectangle that is equal to 1/4 the head circumference wide by the height listed below for the size you need.
NB = 14 inches, Baby = 16 inches, Toddler = 17 inches, Child = 19 inches, Tween = 20 inches, Teens/Women = 21 inches, Men = 23 inches
NB/Baby = 8 inches, Toddler = 9 inches, Child = 10 inches, Tween = 11 inches, Teens/Women/Men – 12 inches
After you draw your rectangle, round off the top right corner, then draw a dart that extends down 1/4 of the hat height and 5/8 inch in from the top left corner (left diagram above). Then use that piece as a template; flip it along the vertical dart edge and trace again, then flip the whole hat pattern piece down along the bottom edge and trace both sides again. Finally, cut this pattern piece out on a fold of fabric so you get a piece of fabric that looks like the one below, with a total of 4 darts.
Now I’ve got both a video and written tutorial for you to follow – whichever you prefer. If the video below won’t load for some reason, you can watch how to sew a beanie hat on YouTube here.
Sew the darts on the pattern as shown above and below, using 1/4 inch seams.
Clip into the angled end of each dart so you can press them open flat as shown above and below.
Fold the hat in half, right sides together, matching the darts. Sew around the open edges, leaving an opening on the long side for turning. Make sure to use a stretch stitch; see tips for sewing knits here.
Turn the hat through the opening.
Push half of the hat as lining into the rest of the hat. Pin the opening together and sew it shut with a blind ladder stitch.
Now you have a fully reversible hat, so you can fold up as much or as little of the edge as you choose to make a cuff.
And they even work in mommy and me sets!