Sewing for beginners - Sew a simple hat in five minutes!

Péťa  ·  14.2.2020  ·  3 minutes of reading

Today’s article is shorter than you are used to, because it’s about really simple hat. I’ve based this hat on one of my older patterns, which is available here: Pattern for beanie hat (age 0 -99). This pattern is suitable even for absolute beginners and today I will show you how to sew this hat with visible decorative seams.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

You can get this pattern here:

Pattern for reversible hat (age 0 -99)

Návod na jednoduchou čepici
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT
Návod na jednoduchou čepici
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Recommended material

The ideal choice for this hat is some type of thinner knit (basic knit, tracksuit fabric with elastane, etc.), but you can also use thicker knits. If you are going to do this, extend the seam allowances from 1 cm to 2 cm to make the hat a bit looser.  Important thing is to choose fabric that is not going to fray.

I’ve used furry tracksuit fabric (sometimes marketed as warmkeeper or alpenfleece) from Dumlatek.cz. You can get it here:

Grey / blue fabric is from the same store:

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Sewing

This is what a prepared piece looks like. Align the paper pattern with the fold on your fabric and cut the piece with 1 cm wider seam allowance on the side - left side of the piece in the picture.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

This hat is ment to be worn with rolled up bottom edge and you can shorten it a bit if you want to have less loose material on top of your head. I haven’t shortened my hat at all.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Fold your piece reverse side in if you want to sew reversible hat (reverse side is the furry one in my case). Pin two outer edges on top of your piece, the “side seam” of the hat is in the middle.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Sew previously pinned edges on regular sewing machine. I recommend reducing the tension of the thread and sewing with a elastic stitch. You can click here to discover more tips about sewing elastic fabrics on a regular sewing machine.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Press the seam allowances open.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Seam allowances are connected at the bottom, cut this part (up to the seam) so you can spread them fully.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT
Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Now set your machine to its widest zigzag. My machine is able to sew up to 9 mm wide seams, but this varies - choose widest zigzag possible on your machine. I’ve used elastic zigzag seam, but you can sew with regular zigzag just fine. It’s also important to reduce the thread tension.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT
Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Now sew through the seam allowances along (on top) of the original seam.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

You can cut off the excess parts of the seam allowances. Be careful not to cut through the hat.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

This is how the finished seam should like.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Now fold and pin your hat like this. ↓

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Take care to align finished seams on top of your hat nicely.

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

Sew the “side seam” to close the hat, press the seam allowances open, and sew through them as before. Now you just cut off the excess parts of the seam allowances and your hat will be ready! ?

Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT
Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT
Návod na jednoduchou čepici (šití pro začátečníky)
HOW TO SEW A SIMPLE HAT

How do you like this simple hat and today’s article? Are you going to try this pattern?

Pattern for this hat is available here:

Pattern for reversible hat (age 0 -99)

Have a nice day, Peťa

Comments

Kim 15. 11. 2020

Really like your sewing ideas, very helpful to me. I’ve been sewing for years off and on, but still am basically a beginner. Thanks so much

picollycom 16. 11. 2020

Hi Kim, thank you very much for your kind comment! Good luck with sewing! Peťa

Joanie 15. 11. 2020

Excited!

picollycom 16. 11. 2020

Yay! :)