Spoonflower Modern Jersey Baby Hat with Polar Bears

We’re loving our newest addition to the Spoonflower fabric family, Modern Jersey. It’s perfectly soft and stretchy, and when printed, this fabric features rich, deep color that holds up beautifully to washing, even the repeated washes that baby things need. Since we launched Modern Jersey last month, our guest author and frequent contributor of brilliant sewing projects, Emma Jeffery of the Hello Beautiful blog, has been sharing projects and sewing tips for our soft and stretchy jersey in vibrant prints from the Spoonflower marketplace like this lovely infinity scarf, and these comfy shirts for her daughter in new Figgy’s patterns. Today Emma is back to share another simple Modern Jersey sewing tutorial, this time for soft and snuggly newborn baby hats. More of a visual learner? Skip down to the bottom of the post where Spoonflower HR team member Joyce recreates this project in a video tutorial.

EMMA: The first time I felt Spoonflower’s new Modern Jersey, I thought, baby clothes! Its cozy, snuggly texture is soft against a baby’s delicate skin and the fun, modern designs available in the Spoonflower marketplace are perfect for creating unique baby clothes and accessories.

To make a newborn baby hat, start by selecting your fabric. For my hats I used Flowers and Black Stripes fabric by MintPeony, and Geo Girls Pinks and Girl Chevron by Natitys. You can make at least two hats from one fat quarter of Modern Jersey (you can maybe eke out a third if you’re not worrying about matching directional prints at the seams). Then, print the hat pattern. Make sure to print the pattern at 100%. Check the 1” square on the pattern measures 1” x 1” after printing.

NOTE: This newborn hat pattern is designed to fit a newborn with an average head circumference of about 13.5”.

Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut 2 pieces. I prefer to cut one pattern piece at a time, so that I can make sure to cut along lines determined by the fabric design. Ultimately this gives a neater finish to your hats.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together, with right sides facing and set your machine up ready to sew knits. I like to use a loose zig zag stitch (length 3, width 1.5), and usually use a ballpoint needle.


Sew the two pattern pieces together, leaving the bottom opening unsewn. Sew with the presser foot against the raw edges of the fabric to guide you around the curve of the hat and to give you a small ¼” seam allowance.

Turn up the bottom opening of the hat 2” to the wrong side and press with an iron. (I turned mine up slightly more than 2”, so that I was keeping in line with the fabric design).

Sew the turn up all the way around the hat, about ¾” away from the raw edge.


Turn the hat to the right side and gently press the seams.

Fold up the bottom edge about 1” to the right side, to create a neat band around the opening of the hat.

With a needle and thread, tack the turn up in place along the side seams to secure.

About Our Guest Blogger

Hi! I’m Emma, and as well as working on the Fiskars Design Team, I blog over at hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com/

I’m an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they’re not absolutely perfect. And though I’m no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.

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    • Hi Virginia,
      The baby hat pattern is 7.5″ long. This is a great beginner-friendly tutorial and we think you’re going to love the finished results!
      -Meredith from Spoonflower

  • Thank you for the pattern. I am in the process of making baby hats with my stash of knits and will be sending them out to be distributed to hospitals. Do you mind my sharing the link on their
    Facebook page if there is an interest?

  • Clare Hinchey

    Hi love your hats. Do you have a pattern for 6 months and bigger nod for 4 and 5 year olds??

    • Hey Clare, unfortunately we don’t, but what I’ve done in the past to scale up this pattern is to trace a hat you already have that’s the right size and use that as a pattern. Alternatively you could borrow a hat from someone else or buy a very inexpensive one to draft your own pattern. Wax paper or interfacing is perfect for tracing a pattern, too. Hope this helps!

  • I think this pattern runs a little small. It almost fits my son who is 2 weeks old. His head was 13.25″in at his doctor appointment a week ago. It’s really cute though! I just wish it fit. ):

  • I checked my square and using the 1/4 SA this pattern was TINY! I ended up having to trace a different hat that I had on hand just a different color that I needed. This was good for a preemie or a doll size.

  • Do you finish the edge inside the hat…the edge you sewed 3/4 inch away from?
    Thank you,

  • Is it possible for you to share the measurements of the pattern? Height and width. Mine looks really small.

  • Hi,great hats 🙂 but would you be able to show or explain how to make exactly these but reversible hat

  • Great pattern!!! So so cute & most important–no buttons–so many people are adding buttons for decorative add-ons. Buttons are SO dangerous to use around babies. CONGRATS!! to you for a beautiful safe pattern!!!

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