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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Free Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial

If you’re looking for a cute way to carry around your cumbersome yoga mat to your next class, or even to coffee afterwards, why not make your own carrying bag?  I have an easy and quick tutorial to make a bag that can be completely personalized to your taste.

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What you’ll need:

1 – Outer Fabric (canvas or something with a decent weight but flexible) : 28 (width) in by 20 (height) in (*Note, if your mat is wider than a basic mat, you may want to make the height taller) If you choose a fabric that is not too stiff, use interfacing to add weight and stiffness.

1 – Liner Fabric (Quilting cotton or similar weight which you can find here) : 28 (width) in by 20 (height) in (*Note, if your mat is wider than a basic mat, you may want to make the height taller)

1 – 32 x 4 inch piece of fabric for strap

1 – 6 in. diameter circle for bottom in outer fabric

Material for pocket – 2 piece 8×10 inches and 1 piece 8 x 6.5 inches

Snaps or velcro for pocket

1 – Piece of cord at least 32 inches long for drawstring.

I love getting fabric from fabric.com. They have lots of canvas and cotton prints to choose from. I debated making this bag in this awesome canvas by cotton and steel, but I’m saving it for a tote bag instead.

Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Canvas Rosa Floral Natural Fabric

I also have quilting cotton available for the lining and pocket pieces. Take a look here.

You will need a sewing machine, and if you have it, a serger will help as well! You can check out my recommendations here at my resources page.

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Once you have your pieces cut, we will start by making the pocket. First put the 2 larger pieces right sides together, stitch all the way around but leave a 2 inch opening. Trim the seam allowance, then turn the piece right side out. Also, pin the smaller piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch around but leave an opening to turn it around. Once turned around, top stitch it on the two short sides, and one long side. If you are using a velcro closure, stitch the velcro pieces to the pocket pieces before attaching to the main bag piece. 

 

Find the center of your large piece of outer fabric by folding it in half lengthwise wrong sides in. Keep it folded in half. Also fold the main pocket piece in half, and line it up with the fold of the main piece. Position the pocket about half way down the piece. Place one pin through the pocket and the one layer of the main piece, then open it up, and pin the rest of the pocket down.

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Top stitch around the three sides of the pocket, leaving the top open. Be sure to back stitch at the ends. Then position the flap piece so it overlaps the top. Stitch along the top.

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If you are using snaps, use the tool to poke the hole through both the pocket and the flap piece, then use the snap pliers to attach the snap.

Now sew the outer and liner fabric together. You will actually sew these wrong sides together. Pin them together, and stitch all the way around with a 3/8 seam allowance.

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Then we will prepare the strap. Fold the strap lengthwise in half and stitch all the way down with a 3/8 seam allowance, making sure to reverse stitch at each end. Use a pushing stick (chop stick) or knitting needle to turn it around. Press, and top stitch.

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On one of the shorter ends of the large fabric piece, we will zig-zag stitch or serge all the way across. Then, on either end, fold and tuck a flap a few inches long. Pin it down, and straight stitch it down. Do this on both ends. Then fold over the top hem about 1 inch to the wrong side, and top stitch it about 1/8 in, leaving an opening for your cord.

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We will now pin the strap to the bag. Find the long side of your large piece of fabric. Pin one end right below the opening we created with the flap, and the other end of the strap will be about 5-6 inches from the bottom. This can be adjusted depending on how you want to carry the bag. For more horizontal, put the straps closer to the center. For carrying it more vertical, spread it out. Use a small seam allowance, and stitch 2-3 times for durability.

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Almost done! Now fold the large piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together and stitch up the long side. Now we will add the bottom. With the bag still inside out, you will carefully pin the circle, right side in, to the bottom of the bag. You will need many pins. Make sure it is evenly spread out, make adjustments. Now stitch around the circle. You may want to stitch twice for durability. Trim the seam.

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Turn the bag right side out! Almost done! Use a safety pin on one end of the cord to pull it through the opening we created. Once it’s through, tie the ends, and you are all done!

I love how this came out! My good friend is enjoying this bag out in California! Be sure to save this to Pinterest for later!!

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