I started out sewing at an early age, (yay 4-H Sewing Camp) which gave me a foundation to start from. But as for a sewing project, unguided by a mentor, I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing till I was in college and finishing up a design project for finals. It was crunch time and I had to figure it out fast! Since then, I have been all about making sewing projects and easy and efficient as possible so that hopefully even the most novice of sewers can easily tackle one of my sewing patterns.
When it comes to projects its always time versus money. So many times I want to make something but by the time I buy material and put in the time, I have spent way more money then buying a finished item in the first place. The reason why I am in love with this basic hat pattern and all its variations is that it totally makes sense from both a time and money perspective, and the variations are endless!
I first came up with this hat as a poor, newly married wife of a college student and mother of a darling 18 month old. I wanted to make my daughter a winter hat that she would actually want to keep on her head (because the material was soft), and would actually cover her ears and keep them warm.
So this hat was born for my first born.
Reversable Winter Hat with Ears
This hat has taken on many variations over the years, and these ones are one of my favorite! I made these matching hats for Breanna’s twins.
With out the added pom poms this hat can easily be reversible. To rev up the cutest factor I thought long silky ribbon ties would be perfect!
Not only is this hat a great winter hat, but when it comes to DIY costumes, its the best! My sister’s little twins are Minions this year, and what’s the point in having me for an aunt if I can’t make them a costume!?! I had the best time putting these together and I was so excited with how they turned out.
They are made completely out of felt, yes, the very same, inexpensive felt that is only pennies per sheet and per yard!
Just used the basic hat pattern and add some of these elements. Here is the free Minion variation printable.
Here is the FREE Minion Artwork:
“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another”….. I love the book “Where the Wild Things Are” and this hat always reminds me of that book. To make the hat I purchased fur at Hankock fabric and used tan felt as the liner. I used the basic hat pattern with the front flap removed and added to triangle shape ears and it was pretty much a done deal. I was concerned about sewing with fur and whether it would be too bulky but the hat turned out great and even fits me too. Its cozy and warm which is perfect for the nippy trick-or-treating nights.
It’s impossible to be too young to be a Star Wars fan, and so a few years ago I turned the basic hat pattern into a Yoda hat for my baby nephew. Wasn’t he a cutie (he still is but that’s besides the point). Because he spent most of his time in his car seat for Halloween I didn’t use any wire to stabilize the ears, but if you are making it for a toddler or older, then I highly recommend poking a little bit of wire inside to keep the ears from flopping.
Here is the Free Ear Pattern.
To make the complete hat, the basic hat pattern can be purchased here.
I have been DYING to make this hat. My kid’s school mascot is the Viking and we have passed up too many Viking days without a fun hat. The horns on this hat are big and proud, but feel free to put a more subtle small horn on instead. The patterns for this hat are sold on Etsy or use the basic hat pattern to create your own version.
Boots – Dora the Explorer
My daughter loved Dora the Explorer. So for Halloween one year I made her a beautiful Dora dress and her baby brother a Boots the Monkey outfit. The hat kept his head warm and cozy and gave him an extra set of eyeballs.
Basic Hat Instructions
If you want to buy the complete instructions and basic hat pattern you can purchase them in our Etsy Store. If you are a DIYer and want to create your own pattern, here are the basic instructions:
Cut out 2 pieces of fabric.
Mark points and corners.
Fold right sides together. Stitch back seam and front seam, ending at top point.
Re-fold and sew across remaining top seam.
Clip and trim seam allowance
Turn one piece right-side-out
Put that piece inside the other lining up ears.
Stitch and Trim.
Clip corners and rounded edges
Turn right side out and finish top stitch 1.4″ from edge
Add embellishments to finish it off!
And you’ve got a hat that’s sew cool and so warm all at the same time!