Brrrr! Tis getting to the season of holiday cheer and nippy temperatures. Perhaps this gift giving season a warm adorable hat would be appreciated by your loved ones (or, if you make one to keep for yourself…we won’t tell 😉 )
Yesterday I attended a hat making party. The organizer, a lovely young lady named Miriam, holds these parties to sew geeky and cute fleece hats for kids going through chemotherapy – they’re going through a hard enough time without having to deal with ugly hats! She very kindly showed me how to make a kitty ear hat. Here’s the instructions for the pattern – please also check out her super great tutorial for a basic fleece hat.
Picture heavy territory ahead!
One triangle 6″ across the bottom, 5.5″ from the tip to the base. All sides are rounded gently outwards.
One triangle for the ears, about 5.5″ across the bottom and 4.5″ from tip to base.
The hat band is 24″ x 6″.
Step Two: Cut 4 of the large triangles for your crown. Fleece has a slight one directional stretch. Be sure that the stretch is running across the bottom of the triangle; I give it a slight tug before I cut or sew to check. (It’s much more comfortable for your head to have the stretch going the correct direction!)
Step 3: Cut 2 ear pieces out of your main fabric, then 2 pieces out of a contrasting piece of fabric for the inside of the ears. Here’s the head and the ear pattern pieces on top of each other so you can see their relative sizes.
Step 4: Using one piece of your main color fabric and 1 of your contrast fabric, stack the ear triangle pieces with the right sides facing in. Remember to leave the stretch along the bottom edge, and stitch the two sides, leaving the bottom open for now.
Repeat for the other ear.
Step 5: Flip those ears so the right sides are on the outside. Looking good!
Step 6: This part is pretty key on making your ears look right by helping them to stand up. Make a fold on each layer of your ear, like so.
Step Seven: Stitch the fold along the bottom to hold them in. Technically you don’t really have to do this if you can just pin them in place for now, but I think it is easier to do this to hold everything together.
Step Eight: With your 4 remaining triangles, sew the two halves of your hat crown. Remember, the stretch goes along the long side!
Step Nine: Now you’re going to place the ears on one half of your hat. You can tack them in place or pin them.
Step Ten: Put the other half of your ear sandwich on. (I just left one corner folded so you can see the ears inside. Remember, your hat crown pieces will be with the right sides facing in. Sew that top edge all together, and flip…
Step Eleven: Almost there. Take a sec to appreciate how cute this will be.
Step Twelve. Fold your hat band so the short edges match. Stitch along the short side (right sides facing in).
Step Thirteen: Flip the band right sides out, and fold it once length wise, so you have a short tube.
Step Fourteen: Put the crown of your hat through your little tube, so that all the loose edges meet up. Everything is right sides out.
Stitch all along your tube, then flip it over!
And you’re done!
I hope this hat will keep you or your loved ones warm this season!