They’re cute, they’re easy, they’re inexpensive: what’s not to love about handmade baby hats? You can make at least two hats from one fat quarter of our knit fabrics, so you can have some on hand for friends or family. Download the free hat pattern and follow the step-by-step tutorial below or jump to the video tutorial to get started. 

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog
Featured designs: Hat: Watercolor Field by katievernon and Bright Day by allierunnion


 

Here’s What You’ll Need:

*Designed to fit a newborn with an average head circumference of 13.5″

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog

Cut Out Your Pattern Pieces

1. Trace the pattern onto your folded fat quarter of fabric and cut out the pieces. You should have two hat pieces cut from your fabric.

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog

Assemble the Hat

2. Pin the two hat pieces together, right sides facing.

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog

3. With right sides facing, stitch together the two hat pieces with a zig-zag stitch. 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.

Pro tip: Set your machine to a loose zigzag stitch (length 3, width 1.5) and use a ballpoint needle.

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog

4. With the hat still flipped inside out, roll up the bottom edge of the hat by ¼” twice. 

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog

5. Flip right side out and hem into place. 

For an optional cuff: 

1. Fold the bottom opening of the hat 2″ to the wrong side and press with an iron. Sew the folded fabric all the way around the hat, about ¾” away from the raw edge.

2. Turn the hat right side out, 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.

3. Hand sew a small tack in the turn up along the side seams to secure.

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog

Place directly onto a little nugget’s head because you’re done! To complete the perfect baby outfit, pair the hat with a pair of handmade baby leggings using the free pattern and tutorial

Stitch Up a Quick and Easy Knit Baby Hat | Free Pattern | Spoonflower Blog
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  • Alicia K Walker

    my machine will not sew this material. I\’m using a ballpoint needle, but it will not do the zigzag stitch. It just will not work. I\’ve changed the setting many times to get it to sew correctly, but it can\’t do it.

    • Hi Alicia,

      Very sorry you’re experiencing this! A few suggestions:

      – I would recommend looking into a walking foot for your machine, as this will guide the knit fabric through your machine easier. I know this was a game changer for me when it came to sewing with knits.
      – You can check out our help article all about needles, thread and stitches per inch for each of our fabric types.
      – If all else fails with these tips + your machine settings, I would check the machine’s manual to see if it lists any specifics for sewing with stretch fabric.

      Happy sewing,
      Anna
      Spoonflower

    • Hi Karin,

      Thank you for your question! You do not need to cut the hat longer to accommodate for the cuff. Best of luck with your project!

      Take care,
      Amy
      Spoonflower

    • Hi Carmel,
      When working with knit fabrics, we recommend using a zig zag stitch. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask! – Meredith