Learn How to Sew a Baby Hat With a Top Knot With This Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern. This Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial Also Includes a Video and It's Perfect for Beginners.
If you've been following along with me for a while, then you know I'm completely obsessed with sewing for babies! I get giddy when I find out one of my friends is expecting and I start sewing like a crazy person! I actually keep a box full of handmade baby gifts just for baby showers! That's why I'm so excited to share this Double Top Knot Baby Hat Pattern with you!
The best part about sewing for babies is that you can use up your scraps and the projects come together so quickly!
This hat is easy enough that a beginner can sew it and I've included step by step photos as well as a video. I'm also sharing a few of my favorite tips for stress-free sewing with knit fabric.
Be sure to check out the posts listed below for even more FREE baby patterns!
New to sewing with Knit fabric? Read THIS post for even more tips on sewing with knit fabric.
Create adorable baby hats with this easy-to-use sewing pattern!
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Beginner-Friendly Baby Hat Sewing Pattern
This download includes a professionally drafted, color-coded double top knot baby hat and a single top knot baby hat sewing pattern in 6 different sizes.
Step-by-step detailed photos and detailed written instructions are also included.
- 3-6 Month
- 6-12 Month
- 12-18 Month
- 18-24 Month
- 2 Years
Included in this pattern is a professionally drafted and graded color-coded pattern. Use the 1x1 inch printing guide to ensure accuracy and quickly put this pattern together with its no-trim pieces.
Step-by-step detailed photo and written instructions are also included.
For this pattern, I recommend using a medium-weight knit fabric with a content of 95% Cotton, 5% Lycra/Spandex. Having at least 5% Lycra or Spandex allows the fabric to have elasticity and bounce back to its original shape without getting stretched out over time.
To determine the stretch of your fabric simply stretch a 2-inch piece of the knit fabric in one direction and repeat this process in the opposite direction. Choose the direction of the greatest stretch to go around the head.
Supplies Needed for your Top Knot Baby Hat Pattern:
- Knit Fabric (I prefer 95% Cotton 5% Lycra)
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Thread (Optional Eloflex)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Ballpoint Needle
- Download Baby Hat Pattern (choose either one or two top knots)
View the full Youtube video tutorial for this baby hat sewing pattern below.
Step 1: Download Baby Hat Sewing Pattern
Download this baby hat pattern and print it out. You can choose between two different patterns, one features a single knot and the other features a double knot. I'm using the double knot in this tutorial.
I like to print off my pattern on cardstock so that it will last for multiples uses.
Download the pattern to your computer and print the pattern at 100% with no scaling.
Step 2: Cut out the Baby Hat Pattern and Fabric
Choose the correct size, lay it on top of two pieces of fabric with the greatest amount of stretch going across (This is very important!) the pattern horizontally. Pin it in place and cut around the outside of the pattern.
Cut out the band with the greatest stretch going across the width of the fabric.
Step 3: Pin Fabric Together
Clip or pin the two pieces of fabric with right sides facing together.
Here's one of my favorite knit sewing tips!! Coats recently released Eloflex thread and it's a game-changer! I keep about 10 spools of these on hand in a variety of colors for all of my knit sewing. This allows me to use a sewing machine instead of needing a serger for every project.
the Eloflex thread is a stretchable thread which allows the fabric to stretch without the seams popping or breaking. This means you can use a normal stitch instead of a lighting or stretch stitch when sewing with knit fabric. I just wish this thread would have been around when I first started sewing with knits years ago!!
Step 4: Sew Top Knot Baby Hat and Band
Sew around the hat using a 3/8ths-inch seam allowance. If you find sewing around the points of the hat tricky, try setting your needle to the down position and lifting the presser foot to rotate the fabric as you go around the curves.
Trim down the seam allowance to reduce bulk.
Fold the fabric in half with right sides together and sew along the short side.
Turn both the hat and band right side out.
Fold the band in half with wrong sides together.
Step Five: Pin and Sew Baby Hat to Band
Slip the band around the hat aligning the side seams on one side and the side seam and the middle of the band on the other side. The raw edges of the band and the raw edge of the hat should be aligned.
With a 3/8ths-inch seam allowance sew through all three layers of fabric.
Press the seam allowance upwards towards the hat and the band downwards. Then fold the band upwards 1.5 inches.