Thursday, December 07, 2006

Quick and easy fleece hats

Since Laura commented about how she makes her fleece hats, I thought I'd post my recipe.

Since I like the contrast band, I cut two pieces: a rectangle 10" x 20" and another 5" x 20". Make sure to make the direction of greatest stretch (usually across the grain) goes around the head.

Fold each in half, with right sides together, and sew center back seams with a 3/8" seam allowance. Turn right side out.

Fold the band in half, with wrong sides together. Place the band around the crown part of the hat, matching raw edges. Using a zig zag or stretch stitch, or serger, and stretching hat as you sew, join the band onto the crown.

To close the top, sew four curved darts, meeting in the center. Trim excess fleece. If you want to decorate the top of your hat, cut some strips of fleece and sew a little cluster of them into the top as you work the last two darts.



Bezzie said...

My sewing machine sits like a scary monster in my closet. I just can't get the nerve to use him after the tangled bobbin nightmare of 2001.

But if I ever conquer my white whale--I could totally see using this pattern, it looks simple enough.

YarnThrower said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern! Your hats are adorable!

And just in time for today's weather!

Elizabeth said...

Bezzie, maybe you put your bobbin into the case backward. That'll make it jam up in a hurry. Also, never crank your sewing machine backward with the handturning knob. If you need to raise your needle, move it in a forward direction. Finally, make sure you have the appropriate size needle for your fabric and change regularly. Bad needles or one that's the wrong size for the weight will make a mess in a hurry, too.

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

*Blog Jack: Also, Bezzie, if you ever do try sewing with a machine again, hold onto the ends of the thread when you take the first few stitches.
*End Blog Jack