Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

Do you need a hat for marching around town this weekend? I’m planning to sew up a few, we’re having record cold temps. I made a similar hat in a light weight knit last year, so I decided to sew myself up a cozy fleece version.

The unique shape of the hat is easy to achieve; the ear shape is made by folding over a rectangle and seaming the sides. Here’s a quick and easy method that even a novice can master.Pink Hat e1516291513492 300x300 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

  1. Measure the circumference of your (or any other marcher’s) head. Divide that number by two, then add 3/4” for seam allowance. Record this as the width.
  2. From pink fleece, cut a rectangle that measures the recorded width by 22” for an adult, 20” for a child, 16 1/2” for a toddler or 14” for a baby. Cut with the width along the direction of greatest stretch.
  3. Fold the rectangle in half widthwise with the wrong sides together. Mark 2” from the raw edges on both side seams. Stitch from the mark to the raw edge using 3/8” seam allowances.
  4. Clip into the seam allowances at the mark, being careful not to cut the stitches. Clip the seam allowances at the raw edge on the diagonal.SquareHat 1 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?
  5. Turn the hat wrong side out. Stitch the remaining sections of the side seams with a 3/8” seam allowance.SquareHat 2 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?
  6. Turn the hat right side out. Turn up the lower 2”, creating a cuff. Easy peasy!


Femme Fatale Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

I decided to jazz my hat up with some embroidery. Urban Threads has a collection called “Femme Fatale” that I’ve been eyeing for a while, so this seemed like a great opportunity to put one to use.

The design is big — 7.83” wide by 7.01” high, which was just big enough to fit comfortably on the front half of my hat (my width was 12”). I reduced my cuff to 1 1/2” in order to give myself a little extra room.

To find my center point, I first decided that the lower edge of the design should be 3 1/2” from the lower edge (that’s 1 1/2” for the cuff, 1 1/2” for the fabric the cuff will cover, and 1/2” so it’s not right against the edge). Then I divided the height of the design (7.01”) in half (approx. 3 1/2”) and added that measurement to the 3 1/2” I designated from the lower edge. That made my center point 7” from the lower edge. I chose one of the short edges to be my front, found the lengthwise center, and marked 7” up from there.

Embroidered pink hat e1516291564950 300x300 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?Because my rectangle was too small to be hooped in the required hoop, I hooped only a piece of heavyweight tear-away stabilizer, then sprayed it with temporary adhesive and finger pressed the fleece onto the stabilizer. Then I covered it with water-soluble topper so the stitches didn’t sink into the fleece, holding it in place at the edge with painter’s tape. When I embroidered the design, I chose darker pinks than the design called for to make the flowers pop against the pink of the hat.

In hindsight, I probably should have purchased a smaller version of the design (I somehow missed that there were size options for this one!); the “feminist” gets lost a little in the fold between the ears. Oh, well — live and learn! I’m still pretty pleased.

Pink hat on e1516291530152 300x300 Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?Of course, if you’re not a feminist killjoy (or are but don’t want to advertise it), you can embroider anything you like on the front of these hats. They don’t have to come in pink or be for the Woman’s March, either — they’re a super fast make in any color with any design, and they’ll keep you warm no matter why you’re out in the cold.

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About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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3 Responses to Need A Warm Hat This Weekend?

  1. Sara Yoiwish says:

    I wish the whole post was removed. There is no reason for political statements to be posted here. This post makes me so angry

  2. Katie says:

    Why did you change the title of this article? and why was the Facebook post linking to it taken down? Very disappointed that it seems things were edited to appease a few complainers on Facebook.