Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Knotted baby hat tutorial

Sewing for baby: Knotted hat tutorial
I did this guest post over at Whip Up a few weeks ago. Since then, I have modified the pattern a bit, so the final product looks more finished. Posting it here in case you missed it over at Whip Up and also adding the revised steps (in blue).

With the birth of my niece last month, newborn gifts are on my mind these days...Here's a tutorial for making a knotted hat for newborns. I love making and gifting these hats....because they are useful and practical?....naah...because seriously, what's cuter than a teeny-tiny hat on a teeny tiny head. The fact that hats are particularly pricey and difficult to find in ready-to-wear clothes doesn't hurt either. So without further's how to make one:


Knit fabrics: Take 2 pieces of same fabric or two different fabric. 

This is a great project to use up those scraps that are too big to throw away but too irregular to make into a dress, top etc.

1. Print out the pattern, tape the two pages as shown and cut both pieces of pattern ( total 3 cuts). Piece 1 spans both the pages whereas Piece 2 is only on Page 1.
Once you cut out all the three pieces, tape both parts of Piece 1 by overlapping the small part over the bigger part, up to the dash (-) mark.


Fold each fabric in two layers, then fold one more time. Place each pattern piece on fold and cut. So now you have two pieces of 1 and two pieces of 2.


 Sew together pieces of 1 along the conical side, right sides together. Sew together pieces of 2 along the semi-circular side, right sides together. 

Note: Leave  a 2 inch opening while sewing piece 2 ( lining). This is an improvement from earlier version where I leave the opening at the joining seam in step 4.


Now join 1 and 2 by sewing along the raw edge, right sides together. Leave about 2 inch opening.
Note: It was only after sewing a couple of these hats, that I realized I should have left the opening in inner lining piece instead of the seam joining the two pieces. It was one of those "Duh...I'm so stupid" moment.


Using the opening, turn the whole thing inside out. Use a pencil or point turner to poke the cone out on fabric 1. 
Note: Slip-stitch the opening in fabric 2 shut. I missed this step when I wrote the guest post. 

Push the fabric 2 inside fabric 1. 


Tie a knot with the cone of fabric 1. 
If the hat is a little big, you can turn some of the bottom out to fit the head of the baby. The best part is that these hats don't have a any inside seams to bother the baby skin. Enjoy your little munchkin...hats and all.