Looking for a simple sewing project that's perfect for beginners or children? Discover how easy it is to make a hat using little more than a hunk of fleece. You simply need to sew one straight line to make this hat.
- Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- 26" x 26" Piece of Fleece (Approximate)
- Needle/Sewing Machine and Thread
Note: Fleece is a wonderful, soft, washable fabric, but it can be challenging for beginners because of its bulk. When working with fleece, you need to use top quality tools. So start with a new needle in your sewing machine. Use strong polyester thread. As you sew, be aware of any bits of fiber particles that may fray from the fleece. These should be cleaned off the sewing machine to avoid clogging.
- Start out by measuring around the head of the person who will wear the hat; add an inch to this measurement. Cut a piece of fleece as long as your measurement plus the 1" by about 26". Instead of using scissors, you might want to use a rotary cutter and mat if you have them. Save your scraps! Be aware that fleece can be stretchy. This matters when you are sizing your hat. Be careful to measure carefully!
- Lay the fleece on your work surface, fold up one side so your piece will be 26" tall by half the width of the measured head plus 1". Line up both long edges. If your fleece has a right side, make sure the right side is in when you fold your fleece (fleece curls toward the "wrong" side, making it easy to tell which side to use).
- Sew these long edges together forming a long tube, leaving about a 1/2" seam allowance. You can easily sew this by hand using a needle and thread and a straight stitch. You can also sew this on a machine if you like.
- Now, fold up one end of the tube and match up the two raw edges. The raw edges of the seam you just sewed should be on the inside. You should now be able to fit the folded edge on your head and the raw edges will stick up.
- Cut a piece of your scrap fleece about 2” x 8". This part is easier if you put the hat on some else’s head. Now, gather the raw edges along the top of your hat and tie the 8" piece of fleece around it like a ponytail.
- Finally, use the scissors and cut 1-inch wide strips in the raw edges to make it look like a big pom-pom on top of your hat. Trim the fringes down so they are 3" - 4" long.
See our guide to simple sewing for kids for more projects!