How to Make a Hat for Baby

By Corrine Flatt, midwife, Las Vegas NV


You will need a piece of jersey knit (tee shirt) material, 14 inches by 18 inches.  (One of Daddy’s old tee shirts will make at least three baby hats, and a fourth can be made from the sleeves of the tee shirt.) 


If you are using a sewing machine, set your machine to zigzag stitch.  The stitches need to be narrow and tight, 10-12 stitches per inch, and 1/6 to 1/4 inch wide.  If you are using a serger, set your machine up for three-thread overlock stitch, 10 stitches per inch, and 1/6 to 1/8 inch wide/deep. 


Fold your material in half, “wrong side” out, making a 7-inch by 18-inch rectangle, and sew up the long edge.


Turn half of the inside of the “tube” out, so that you have a double layer tube, 9-inches by about 6-7 inches, with the stitching on the inside of the folded tube. 


Lay the tube out flat, and with the cut edge at the top, draw (with a washable crayon) two triangles, 3 inches across and 4 inches down, the top side being that cut edge. 


Cut out the triangles (all layers) and discard.  Re-fold the tube 1 1/2 inches over, so that two of the edges are aligned, and sew those two edges (four layers of cloth) together.  Repeat, folding and sewing, and with the last edge you sew, continue sewing about an inch over the top, to close any remaining hole. 


Turn the hat so that the stitching is on the inside. 


TA DAH!!  Once you get started, you will be able to make a dozen of these in about an hour.