Free Baby Top Knot Hat Sewing Pattern and Tutorial

Baby hats are both useful if your little one is born in colder months and are super cute. I love this little top knot hat so I thought I’d share how to make it. It’s made for size 0-3 months and fits about a 14″ circumference.

This project is super easy and quick so you could easily make a few in one day. They’re best if made from a stretchy cotton jersey knit. It needs to have good stretch and retains shape (doesn’t stretch out). Using cotton jersey also ensures its breathable so they won’t get too hot. These aren’t necessarily outdoor winter hats, but perfect for inside on chilly days. I have a selection of cute cotton jersey prints available in my fabric shop for sale here.

 

What You’ll need:

1 Fat quarter of cotton jersey knit fabric, which you can find here.

Printable Pattern – DOWNLOAD HERE Baby Hat Pattern (make sure to print at 100% scale. Check box is 1 inch. There are two pages, line them up and tape together)

Equipment and Tools: 

Sewing Machine

Scissors, Pins, Iron

 

First, Cut out the pattern from two opposite facing pieces of the fabric. Hint: typically I will fold my piece of material in half with the right side of the fabric facing each other. That way, when I cut it, all I have to do is pin it because it will already be lined up. Here I show it with the right sides out. 
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Next, pin the two pieces together in a few places. 
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Next, you will serge or sew the two pieces together along the edges except the bottom. If you don’t have a serger, you can use a tight zig-zag stitch or your machine might have a special stitch for stretch. Do not use a straight stitch as it will rip when the hat is stretched onto the hat.

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Now that the two pieces are together we’ll finish the bottom. This is the quickest version of these hats, but I also like that it gives two ways to wear it, down or cuffed up. While the hat is still inside out, fold up the bottom 2 inches all the way around. Busy Bee Fabric Co | Baby Hat Tutorial | Baby Hat Sewing Pattern | Baby Top Knot Hat | Newborn Hat | Sewing Pattern | Free Tutorial

 

Remove the extension table/storage compartment so you can slip the opening of the hat around the machine. Starting at one of the side seams, use a zig zag stitch and stitch all the way around the hat overlapping the edge of the fabric. Be mindful of your thread color as this will show on the outside. I used white for contrast.

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Now, flip the hat right side out, make sure to get the point at the top nice and flat. Now, iron the hat flat.

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The last step is to tie the knot and you are done! you can adjust the fit of the hat by adjusting the knot. Also if it is too long on their head, fold up the bottom to make it like a little cuff.
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Toddler Survival Kit Must Haves!


Hi!

So many of us register for adorable baby items when we’re expecting and don’t think past the first year. My daughter’s second birthday is coming up and it made me think about what has been a must have this past year and what new things we will need in the next year to make our lives easier! There are so many helpful and clever products out there for toddlers, so I curated a list of some must haves. If you’re expecting a new little one, it would be smart to add some toddler items to your registry! Might as well get these now because, believe it or not, that first year flies by so fast and our little babies must grow up ( I know, it’s hard to face the truth!!)

If you’re an expecting new mama, I highly recommend starting an Amazon baby registry. There are just so many great products and deals on amazon, it’s a no-brainer. It’s easy to share with your friends and family, it will keep track of who the gifts are from which is perfect for thank you cards, you can add items from other websites, and it’s easy and discreet to make returns just in case. I think the best part is that Amazon Prime members get a 15% completion discount! They have new deals all the time (especially for Prime members, so check your email!)

Baby Registry – $100 credit towards diapers and wipes

 

Before I start the list let’s talk about Amazon Prime for a moment. Are you a member already? That’s awesome…then you know what all the hype is about. If you’re not, what are you waiting for?? First of all, there’s a free trial, try it. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial You need to get the trial now and get started with Amazon Prime now because….Amazon Prime Day starts on July 10th and you will not want to miss out on the deals!! There will be deals posted for 30 hours and things sell out fast! It’s fun and exciting, and it’s a great time to stock up on some really useful or fun items. If you missed Prime Day, don’t worry! Amazon has flash deals all of the time and you can check out Prime Day next year!

Let’s get into the list!

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1. Silicone Placemat
Toddlers eat…a  lot….and they are messy, and can be picky. This first survival item will make meal time fun and hopefully less stressful. This silicone placemat will suction to a clean surface like your table or counter (because toddlers want to be like the big kids and eat at the table). The placemat is colorful and fun and has sections for their food. These are also great for restaurants and they can be reused again and again – perfect for the eco-conscious mama. Available on Amazon, just click here or the picture.
Sew Jersey Mama | Toddler Must Haves | Baby Registry | Toddler Survival Kit | Summer Toddler Fun | Toddler Activities 2. Silicone Sippy Lids
     These silicone sippy lids are super neat! They make basically any cup into a sippy cup. These are perfect to keep in your bag for when you’re out and stuck without a regular sippy cup. They       don’t leak either! They have some other varieties including tops for straws too!

Boon Snug Silicone Sippy Lids Blue/Orange/Green

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3. Munchkin Miracle 360 Cups

I could definitely talk about food and drink items for quite a bit (it seems like all Riley does is eat and drink all day), but this will be my last one. These 360 cups are pretty cool! Riley learned how to use it at about 9 or 10 months (just keep offering), and we still use it now. They are great because not only do they NOT leak, but they are much better for oral development than regular sippy cups. It mimics drinking from a real cup (without the spills) so your toddler will learn to drink from a normal cup easier and quicker. Amazon has a few color choices and even some with characters available. Shop around here or click the picture.

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4. Skip Hop Zoo Safety Harness Backpack

I know these are a bit controversial (especially to new mommys and relatives, and strangers) but as a mama to a toddler who likes to bolt, this is a life saver. Ignore the glares and stares, because you know your little wild child will be safe with this harness backpack on! Riley has the ladybug version and it is adorable! She’s only worn it a few times so far, but I don’t know what I would have done without it. Most recently she wore it when I took her to the fabric warehouse with me during a sale when strollers weren’t allowed. When I’ve let her “stand near me” in the past, she wanders off, and with it being crowded, it’s not ideal. She happily wore her backpack, and mostly held the little leash herself, but it was there for me to grab when I could tell she was about to start wandering off again. I love that she wants to explore, but sometimes its just not safe (i.e big street festival, boardwalk, theme park…). Your toddler will love wearing their adorable backpack and you’ll have peace of mind. The leash part can unclip or tuck in when its not needed, so it can function just as a little backpack as well. This unicorn one is irresistibly cute, but it is a little pricier than some of the other animals. Pick your favorite, it’s such a good deal for a versatile item!

Skip Hop Zoo Safety Harness, Unicorn, Multi

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5. Melissa & Doug Water Wow!

These coloring notepads are AMAZING! Riley loves these and they are so easy and the perfect size to have in the bag for eating out or even just to have at home. Anything that doesn’t make a huge mess is a good activity- right moms? These ‘coloring books’ are colored or painted by water! The paint brush holds a little bit of water (easy to refill) and then your toddler paints the water onto the special page and color appears! Magic! The colored image will stay until it dries, and then, wait for it-this is the best part, the color goes away and you can use it again and again!! This is seriously a life saver at a restaurant and keeps Riley occupied for quite some time. Amazon has a few sets and some individual ones.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Farm/Safari/Under the Sea Reusable Colors with Pad (3 Pack)

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6. Umbrella Stroller

An umbrella stroller is an absolute must have for a toddler. Although they love to walk themselves, they get tired quick and sometimes it’s just not feasible. I loved our full-sized stroller I had for Riley when she was younger, and my husband has it in his car just in case, but around 18 months it was definitely time to switch to a lighter stroller. It’s much easier to push around and maneuver a lighter and smaller stroller, especially with a heavy toddler in the seat. I love this one because it still reclines to multiple positions, and the leg rest can be up for a younger baby or toddler, and all the way down for an older toddler. It folds up pretty compact and has a handle for carrying. I could not give up the basket for storage and I’m glad this one still has that unlike some other more basic styles. Chicco has a few colors and styles available, and they’re all reasonably priced!
Chicco Liteway Stroller, Jasmine

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7. Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

I have to preface this by saying, I don’t have one of these for Riley (yet??) but I think it looks pretty awesome. I’m not a fan of too much screen/tablet time, but there is a time and place for everything. There have been nights we are at a restaurant with some family or friend and Riley is just not having it, and a little screen time is all that will calm down the hysterics. The Fire 7 Kids Edition looks pretty awesome and something that she would be able to use for a few years. First off, it comes with 2 years of protection – it breaks, they replace it – no question. It has a special case for kids to help protect it, and has great content and parental controls. It looks super user friendly for a little one and makes it easy to find awesome videos and interactive games and apps for toddlers and kids. It’s definitely reasonably priced…starting at $99, but I have a feeling there might be a deal during Prime Day!
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8. Little Tikes Water Table

Toddlers love water tables! These are great for summer to keep your little one cool without setting up a whole kiddie swimming pool. They can also be used year round with sand or another sensory texture item to fill it up. Riley loves this one but there’s a variety of water tables available on Amazon depending on what you’re looking to spend. This Little Tikes table is super reasonably priced around $30.

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table
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9. Radio Flyer 4 – in – 1 Stroll ‘N Trike

I’m all about saving money, especially since kids grow out of their toys so fast.  This 4 in 1 trike by Radio Flyer will last your little one from early toddlerhood till kindergarten age. It changes as they grow, starting with safety straps, canopy, and push bar for parents, to a tricycle they can pedal themselves. Riley loves going for a ride in her trike with mama’s help. I’m sure she’ll love riding this on her own too!
Radio Flyer 811X 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike

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10. Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat 

Your little one is going to grow out of their infant car seat before you know it! While they might still meet the weight limit, make sure you check the height limit. Once their head reaches a certain height in the seat, it’s time to give it up. I know it was convenient to snap the seat in and out, but honestly, they get too heavy to carry around in the seat, and they start to not like it anymore. I have heard really great things about the Graco Extend2Fit Convertible car seat. It rear faces and forward faces so it will last the rest of the time your kiddo needs to be in a seat. It has an awesome feature providing more leg room for your growing toddler. The straps and headrest adjust together, making it easy to make an adjustment when you notice it’s needed. I was gifted a different car seat, but this car seat would have been awesome because Riley is definitely running out of leg room but I am not ready to turn her around just yet.
Graco Extend2Fit Convertible Car Seat, Gotham

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I hope you got some ideas for items for your baby registry, or if your little one is growing up before your eyes, some items to purchase for their 2nd and 3rd year of life! Thanks for reading.

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If you’re looking for more things to get a toddler, check out my Non-Toy Gift Guide for Toddlers!

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