This sassy little fleece hat is ultra warm, and lots of fun to wear. Best of all, it can be made from scraps of fleece and there is no sewing involved. You can make it to fit any size head.
You need to start with two pieces of fleece. Measure around the head then add 4.5 inches. This is the width or circumference of the hat. For the height, you will need 7 inches plus the length of the tassel. I made mine about 5 inches. My rectangle was 26.5 x 12 inches. The photo I’m showing here is more square looking because I made a similar hat with a longer tassel on the top.
You will want to cut two rectangles. I wanted a multi color hat, so used two different colors. Place your two pieces of fabric together and pin in a few places to secure. Make sure you place the pins at least 3 inches away from all edges. I used straight pins, but you may want to use safety pins. I poked myself several times during the tying process.
Now, measure and mark for the strips you will be cutting. I used a permanent marker here so you could easily see the marks in the photos. When the hat was completed, the marks didn’t show, but I would recommend a washable marker or tailors chalk. You will want to measure 2 inches in on the bottom and front of the hat, and as many inches in on the top edge as the length of the tassel. Then, make a mark every 1/2 inch.
Next, you will cut strips all the way around, making sure to cut evenly and through both layers.
When you get to the corners, cut out the entire corner. This should happen naturally, as the cuts come together.
Your cut out pieces will look a bit like this.
Now, you will begin to tie the bottom of the hat together. Find the bottom, and begin tying the outer and lining pieces together. I chose a “granny” knot because I wanted a ruffly look. Tie every strip all along the bottom.
When done it should look like this
Now, fold the hat in half with the right side out.
Pin the 4 layers together, matching the strips as closely as possible. Now you will begin to tie the two sides together. Each tie should have two strips of each color that you tie together. Again, I used a simple knot.
When you have tied the front of the hat, remove all your pins. You are almost done. Cut another 1/2 inch piece of fleece, or you can use yarn or a ribbon. You will need a piece about 7 or 8 inches long. Gather the top of the hat just under the strips and tie tightly with the strip of fleece (or yarn/ribbon)
These hats are super warm because of the double thickness of fleece. If you make your top strips longer, you will have the look of a pony tail, and shorter makes a cute little tassel. My photo is of a medium length.
This design is my own and the pattern and design is copyrighted. You may make these for your own use and gifts, but not for commercial gain.