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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Fleece Hat/Neck Warmer

At my last HCE (Home, Community and Education) meeting, my friend Fern gave us a pattern on how to make these hat/neck warmers and I wanted to show how easy it is to make one. And they rather stylist too. Perfect for all members of the family. I'm going to make one for my daughter in her school colors (orange and black for OSU) Go Pokes!!!
But this one is for me

I do not do self portrait photos very well but the hat does look good. So let's start.

Materials need:  1/2 yard fleece,  1 yard of 1/8" to 3/16" cording (fray check for ends),
cord stop, matching thread, scissors and/or rotary cutter and the usual sewing notions.

Fleece: The following gives the average head size for various ages and the dimensions to cut your fleece.  These cutting dimensions are approximate and may need adjusting based on the person you are making the hat for.

                           Head Size           Width of fabric            Height

Men                    23-24"                     24.5"                      17"
Women               21.5-22.5"                23"                        17"
Preteen-Teen       20.5-22"                   22.5"                     16"
Child (3-10yrs.)   19-20.5"                   21"                        15"

Cut the fabric to size needed.

Make a tube out of the fleece by bring the right sides together and sewing the short side with a 1/2" seam allowance. At this point you may want to try the hat on to check for fit. You can use a sewing machine or serger. (I use the serger)

Turn right side out and do a top stitch 1/4" from seam.

Optional serge around the top and bottom of the fleece tube.

Hem the bottom of the hat 4 1/2" by sewing 1/4" from the raw or serge edge and again 1/4" from the first sewing line.

Then you'll need to

Cut two 1/4" slits 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" from the top of the hat and approximately 1/2" on each side of the seam. Tack each side of slit. This is where the cording will go in.


Hem the top of the hat 1" making the casting for the cording.

Turn the hat inside out.  Push the cording through the casting using a safety pin attached to the end of the cording.  Push it through one slit and work it through until it comes out of the other side.

Thread the cording through the cord stop.

Tie a knot

Fold the bottom hem of the hat up like a cuff and tighten the cord to wear it as a hat. Loosen the cording and pull it over your head to your neck, for a neck warmer.

Till next time

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