Tutorial time again, and boy do I have a cute one for you today! I have the adorable Luke modelling a very easy baby beanie hat which would make a very cute last minute Christmas present for any babies you need a gift for. You could easily size this up to make an adult hat as well! The lovely Elephant In My Handbag supplied the gorgeous arrow print jersey for this tutorial, and if you fancy getting your hands on some for yourself, you can follow this link.
Luke is also rocking some rather rad matching leggings. If you feel like making some of them as well, I used this tutorial (er… it’s in french, but the photos are pretty easy to follow!), but made a few changes. I might do a tutorial on my version some other day.
But for now, keep reading for the beanie tutorial:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Less than half a meter/yard of jersey fabric
- A hat which fits OR a tape measure
- Sewing machine and/or overlocker (serger)
- Fabric Scissors and Paper Scissors
- Paper to make your pattern
1. MAKE YOUR PATTERN
If you have a beanie hat which fits, use this as your guide and draw around it onto your paper. If you don’t have a hat, then measure the head you are making your hat for and draw a semi-circle with the diameter of half the head measurement. No need for seam allowance as we want the hat to the tight and the jersey will stretch.
OK, I know the above photo looks very strange (!) but this is the pattern piece we want to end up with. To do this, first create a mirror image of your drawn semi-circle to make a circle. If you want your hat a little baggier, which I did, then make it more of an oval than circle…which is why I didn’t tell you to just draw a circle in the beginning! Then you need to free-hand the extended bit (which will make the top knot). Measure about 20cm up from the top of your oval and then draw a strip which is about 5cm wide around this and create a gentle curve where it meets the oval. I.E. make it look like the photo above! Cut this out and you have your pattern piece