Fleece hats with ear flaps are a perfect winter wardrobe staple. They’re so quick and easy to make for your little one and they also make great gifts. I love fleece not just because they’re so soft and warm but also because they’re easy to maintain. I turn the fleece garment inside out to reduce pilling, wash in cold water and tumble dry low.
This hat is a toddler size and because the pattern pieces are small you can use up the scraps you have. I used Blizzard fleece and sweater fleece – the ivory Blizzard fleece was leftover fabric pieces from sleepsacks I made for baby Madeline a few years ago. There is also a video tutorial available for this fleece hat.
Ok so let’s get started…
Things You Will Need:
Print pattern *here*
Fleece (I used Blizzard & Sweater Fleece)
Watch video *here*
This is the reversible version and will require a bit of hand sewing. If you’re feeling pain or experiencing any swelling in your fingers and having trouble pinching something small like a needle, I’ve included a non-reversible version as well.
Firstly print out and assemble the pattern – choose “Do Not Scale” and check the 1″ test square.
After cutting out all the pieces, sew the panels together in 2s with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Then put the 4 panels together to make the crown. Leave a 2″ opening on one of the hats which will be used to pull the hat through right side out (for the reversible version it doesn’t matter which hat piece you choose for the opening but if one-sided version leave the opening on the side that will be inside when worn).
Moving onto the sideband with earflaps – fold it in half and sew with a 1/4″ seam.
Now attach the crown to the band – fold the crown in half and match the seam on one side of the crown to the seam on the band and then match the seam to the center front of the band. Pin it around and then sew with a 1/4″ seam.
Before putting the 2 hat pieces together, let’s work on the straps – I cut out 4 Blizzard Fleece pieces that are 1″ wide and 14.5″ long. I ended up sewing it 1/4″ from the edge all around and then another 1/8″ seam. I also trimmed down the edges.
The end that’s left open will be attached to the ear flap. Attached the straps to the ear flaps with a 1/8″ seam allowance.
Now it’s time to put the hat together. Put the 2 hat pieces right sides together and pin it all around and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then pull the hat right side out through the opening.
For the Non-reversible option – Pull the hat pieces apart so that you are not sewing them together. Then using your sewing machine, sew close to the folded edge. Since it is a one-sided version, that seam will be hidden inside the hat.
The reversible version requires some hand stitching. The invisible ladder stitch along the folded panel is perfect for hiding seams. Leave a little tail where you started handsewing and then sew back to that thread tail and tie the threads together in a knot. Then clip the thread and push the knot in between the seam with the needle.
And that’s it! Now it’s time to try the new fleece hat on and let your little munchkin enjoy some outdoor winter activities while keeping their little noggins warm.