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Project

Solid-Color Polarfleece Hat

Introduction

Developed in the 1970s as a synthetic alternative to wool, Polarfleece is an excellent winter fabric because it's soft, lightweight, durable, and machine-washable. And although it traps heat just as efficiently as wool, its stretchy fibers don't shrink or absorb water. These Polarfleece hats are relatively easy to construct and make wonderful holiday gifts.

Average Head-Size Chart:

Newborn (6 Months and Younger)
Circumference: 14 to 17 inches
Crown: 8 to 10 inches

Infant (6 to 12 Months)
Circumference: 16 to 19 inches
Crown: 11 to 12 inches

Child (1 to 3 Years)
Circumference: 18 to 20 inches
Crown: 11 to 12 inches

Child (3 Years and Older)
Circumference: 20 to 22 inches
Crown: 13 to 14 inches

Adult Woman
Circumference: 21 to 23 1/2 inches
Crown: 13 to 15 inches

Adult Man
Circumference: 22 to 24 1/2 inches
Crown: 14 to 16 inches


Try another of our Polarfleece hat projects: Horizontal-Stripe, Vertical-Stripe, Crown.

Materials

  • Soft tape measure
  • Polarfleece fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Strong matching thread
  • Thread
  • Small pom-poms (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    You'll need one panel of fabric to make this hat. To determine the width of the fabric, measure the circumference of your head (including your ears), or use our size chart, adding a 1/4 inch on each side for seam allowance. The length for an adult hat should be about 13 inches; for a child's hat, about 10 inches. Cut out the panel of fabric.

  2. Step 2

    With right sides facing in, sew the long ends, forming a tube. Trim seam allowance closely. If you wish to press open any remaining seam, use your fingers; do not use an iron because the fabric could melt.

  3. Step 3

    To make a cuff, fold up bottom edge of fabric about 3 inches, then fold in another 1/4 inch for seam. Sew hem close to the turned edge.

  4. Step 4

    Sew along the top of the hat, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim seam. Turn hat right-side out.

  5. Step 5

    You can finish off the top of the hat with or without ears. For a hat with ears: Pinch corners into a fold, with the opening of each fold, facing front. Using matching thread, tightly tie off each folded corner about 1 1/2 inches down. Secure with 3 or 4 hand stitches through each ear. For a hat without ears: Join the two corners of the top of the hat together with a single stitch. Using strong thread, bring the needle through the inside of the hat at one corner and through the top of the other corner. Pull thread tight so the corners meet at the center. Tie off the thread inside hat.

  6. Step 6

    For a large pom-pom, cut a strip of fleece 24 inches in length (or 9 to 12 inches for a smaller pom-pom) and as wide as you would like the pom-pom (4 inches is a good width for an adult hat). Fold the strip in half widthwise.

  7. Step 7

    Lightly draw a line down the center of the fabric lengthwise. Cut fringes to the left and right of the line, leaving about 1/4 inch uncut in the center. The fringes can be as narrow or as wide as you like. Roll up strip of fabric.

  8. Step 8

    Using upholstery thread, bring the needle through the core of the pom-pom, and wrap the thread tightly around the center a few times. Bring needle through the core again, and tie a tight knot. Use the excess thread to sew the pom-pom to the top, or the edges, of the hat.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (16)

  • raddish6 24 Jan, 2011

    For the person who has trouble on the videos loading, that is your computer not MS' fault, it's all about the speed of your processor. Why would you need two panels of fleece? You just fold it over and sew on the side seam. As for stretch, yes you cut them along the selvage on anything that goes around. What an easy project and for the people who are visual, I am sure there are other sites that have similar patterns with youtube instructions, use google! Happy Sewing!

  • raddish6 24 Jan, 2011

    For the person who has trouble on the videos loading, that is your computer not MS' fault, it's all about the speed of your processor. Why would you need two panels of fleece? You just fold it over and sew on the side seam. As for stretch, yes you cut them along the selvage on anything that goes around. What an easy project and for the people who are visual, I am sure there are other sites that have similar patterns with youtube instructions, use google! Happy Sewing!

  • Cinnie1 21 Oct, 2010

    No template?

  • Wildebunch 20 Feb, 2009

    I can't find the how to video for these hats ?

  • bkings123 19 Feb, 2009

    If you let the video play all the way through while cruising another site, then you can replay it without the pauses.

  • mykele 19 Feb, 2009

    I noticed that some have asked for a video to show how to make
    this but I have to say that most of the videos on
    this site spend more time loading than showing. I lost the whole
    jest of what I was trying to learn...just a waste of time..

  • ferlie 19 Feb, 2009

    These hats look incredibly easy. I hope you will all make a couple of extra to take to your local womens shelter or food bank. They will be happy to receive your gift!!

  • snocookie 19 Feb, 2009

    If you Google balaclava pattern there are several on the web...

  • lunule 19 Feb, 2009

    Does anyone have a child's balaclava pattern they would recommend for polarfleece? We live in Canada and winters are COLD--balaclavas offer more coverage without having to add a scarf to the mix.

  • JerseyGal01 11 Nov, 2008

    When I made a couple of these hats, they came out way too big, even though the measurements were correct. Is the around-the-head distance cut along the selvege so it doesn't stretch, or on the width of the fabric where there is lots of stretch? I have good fleece but the hats kept stretching when cut across the fabric and they are unwearable. Also, in the directions, the measurement for the height of the man's hat is different from the measurement chart. I found them too tall and floppy.

  • CDNurse 19 Jan, 2008

    So easy to do! I've made several for our church's Christmas Bazaar

  • MsCaliLady 28 Dec, 2007

    I saw a mother in JoAnn's with a baby and toddler in these hats. Asked her if they were made by her from Martha Stewart show. She said, "yes, and they were ridiculously easy to do". They looked absolutely adorable! I have left over fleece from blankets and intend to make several of these!

  • barbie1950 24 Dec, 2007

    I saw the show and this is so easy to make. Basically you cut on piece of fabric fold over and sew a seam. put in a hem or cuff, Then sew across the top, Turn right side out. Then take a stitch to attach the two corners. This could easily be made in 15-20 minutes. Very cute... This is on my list of things to make next Christmas.

  • pink24 18 Dec, 2007

    i think you are right. she made these on her show yesterday and the instructions give the illusion that its harder than it is.

  • msalie 16 Dec, 2007

    i think that someone didn't proofread the instructions well. it sounds like you need 2 panels of fleece (to sew up the sides and then across the top) or, 1 folded-over piece which is sewn up the sides only to form a pocket. i can see where a woman's hat would be 22 inches in circumferance and about 8 inches in height... right?

  • bigglo 16 Dec, 2007

    I wish there was a video on this making these hats. I would love to make them. I don't understand the directions.