Who doesn’t love sewing for babies? Honestly, it’s the reason why I learned how to sew! I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, bought a sewing machine, and almost 7 years later.. here we are! 🙂
Today I’m sharing a fun, quick, and easy tutorial for an essential baby item – a knit baby hat! 2 out of 3 of my kids were born in the summer, but yet they still seemed to need to be bundled up! Especially for bedtime. I loved having knit baby hats because they are comfortable and soft, and since they stretch – babies don’t grow out of them in a matter of days!
I initially designed this tutorial for the Cricut Maker machine, but I decided to create a printable PDF pattern as well for those of you who don’t have a Maker (yet) 😉
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So let’s get started!
•Stretch knit fabric (I’m using Riley Blake Designs Fossil Rim cotton/lycra)
•Cricut Maker or Fabric Scissors or Rotary cutter & Pattern weights
•Pins or Clips
•Sewing machine with stretch/ball point needle or Serger
•(Optional) Walking foot for sewing machine
TIPS: Seam allowance is 1/4″. If using a sewing machine, be sure to use a stretch stitch or zig zag, and use a ball point or stretch needle. If using a serger, remember to finish your tails so they don’t unravel. I like to finish mine by pulling the serger tail back over the seam allowance, and zig zag with my sewing machine to secure it.
Downloads for the SVG cut file & printable PDF can be found here ↓↓
Here is a video tutorial that will walk you through the construction process! If you prefer a written tutorial, scroll below the video.
1. If using the Cricut Maker, download the SVG cut file & upload to Cricut Design Space™ . Don’t resize the image, this will throw off the seam allowances and proportions. Click “Make it”. You will need to use the 12×24 mat, and you will need to cut 1 from your main fabric and 1 from your lining. Be sure your rotary blade is installed, and choose the Jersey Fabric setting. → Skip to step 4.
2. If using the printable pattern pieces, print the PDF (NO scaling, Auto rotate) and trim the border of the pages. Line up the black border & little arrows and tape together. Then cut out your pattern piece.
3. Cut your pattern pieces from your fabric. You will cut 2 pieces per hat – 1 from your main fabric and 1 from your lining fabric. I prefer to use a rotary cutter & pattern weights.
4. Place your main & lining RIGHT sides together and pin or clip along the straight bottom edge. Sew along bottom edge only with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
5. Open up your hat pieces as show below. Now, fold over width wise, lining up the raw side edges. Pin or clip & sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
6. Fold your main fabric up over the lining fabric, enclosing the wrong sides of the fabric and the seams. If you need further clarification on this step, please watch the video above!
7. Now we will sew the darts. Fold the darts onto each other, right sides together. Align the raw edges and sew through all 4 layers of each dart. There are 2 darts on the front, and 2 darts on the back.
8. Once all 4 darts are sewn, we need to sew the top curve of the hat. Align the dart seams and pin or clip. Sew along the top with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
9. Turn your hat right side out and press well. Fold bottom edge of hat up if desired. We’re all finished!
This is the first in a series of “New Baby Gift” tutorials, featuring Riley Blake Designs fabric, I will link the others here as they become available. Do you like to give handmade baby gifts?
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Fabric was provided by Riley Blake Designs.