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Oh Baby! with Fabric.com: Knit Hats & Receiving Blankets

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Cute receiving blankets and cute little hats... it's a classic combo that never ceases to delight a new mama and daddy. Because, let's face it, when it comes to cute hats... they're really designed for adults to look at! Put an adorable hat on an even more adorable baby, and every adult in the room will immediately oooohhhh and aaahhhh. The baby will likely be less-impressed, but for him/her, we have our super softee, bound knit blankies. A BIG thanks to Fabric.com for sponsoring the Oh Baby! series. It's thanks to great sponsors, like Fabric.com, that we are able to bring you our wonderful projects and tutorials and patterns FREE of charge! Today's hat project includes one of those dandy free patterns. All you need is the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.We had such a fun time browsing and selecting from Fabric.com's amazing selection of stretch cotton jersey knits. If you are brand new to binding, and are reluctant to make your debut with these thin and stretchy knits, you could substitute a packaged extra-wide double fold bias tape. 

If you are new to knits... welcome, and if you missed it yesterday, check out our Sewing with Knits tutorial.

Our hat is made to fit sizes of about 9 months to 1 year, however, babies' heads vary considerably. The inner opening finishes at approximately 17" in circumference (approximately 6½" in diameter), and the depth is approximately 4½". You can certainly adjust the width and depth of the pattern, and/or the fold-up cuff, to make your hat slightly smaller or larger. 

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

Supplies listed below are for ONE Blanket and ONE Hat. But, we bet you can't stop at just one pair. There are too many pretty knits to mix and match. In the list below, we identify all the fabrics we used for our two sets of two. 

FABRIC FOR BLANKET

FABRIC FOR HAT 

NOTIONS FOR BOTH 

  • All-purpose sewing thread in colors to match fabric
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • See-through ruler
  • Straight pins - ballpoint
  • Seam gauge 
  • Seam ripper
  • Iron and ironing board

Getting Started

We always recommend thinkin' about preshrinkin' whenever you start a project, but as you learned yesterday in our Sewing with Knits tutorial, knits can shrink and twist. With a project that is bound, washing and drying your fabric first will help eliminate this problem. Iron the fabric flat prior to cutting.  

BLANKET

  1. We used single knits for our blankets. As mentioned in our Sewing with Knits tutorial, when stretched gently, single knit fabrics will roll toward the right side of the fabric.
  2. From each blanket fabric (the front and the back), cut ONE 36" x 36" square. 
  3. Fold each square into quarters. 
  4. Use a small dessert plate (or other round household object approximately 8" across) to round the four corners of each square. 
  5. From the binding fabric, cut THREE 2¼" x Width of Fabric strips. Trim the selvedges from all the strips. 
    NOTE: These strips are cut slightly wider than you might normally cut for the ½" finished width. This is to allow a fold-and-baste technique shown below, which will make the stretchy binding easier to work with.

HAT

  1. Download and print the Knit Hat Part 1 (the top and bottom) and Knit Hat Part 2 (the center).
    IMPORTANT: Each pattern consists of ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print these PDF files at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
  2. Cut out the three pattern pieces along the solid lines.
  3. Butt the three pieces together to create the full pattern, following the assembly arrows drawn on the pattern. Do NOT overlap. Tape together.
    NOTE: If you would like to create a full hat pattern rather than cutting on the fold, you can print an additional set of the pattern pieces, assemble them, then flip one set over and join the two halves together down the middle. Again, butt together the two halves; do not overlap.
  4. Using the pattern and aligning it on the fold, cut TWO pieces from the hat fabric.  

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board

BLANKET

  1. Place the two rounded-corner-squares WRONG sides together, matching the raw edges all around. Pin in place.
  2. Find the three lengths of 2¼" binding. Pin the strips right sides together end-to-end to create one continuous length of trim. 
  3. Stitch the short seams, using a ¼" seam allowance.
  4. Starting in the middle of one side of the blanket front, and leaving 4" loose at the head, lightly pin the binding, right sides together, to the blanket.
  5. Using a ½" seam allowance, stitch the binding to the blanket. 
  6. When you have made it all around the blanket and are 4" from where you started, stop and lock your stitch.  
  7. Trim both ends of the binding as needed so the two ends overlap ½". 
  8. Pull the binding ends away from the fabric, and sew the ends together, using a ¼" seam. 
  9. Place the binding back against the blanket. It should lay flat. Drop you needle back in at the exact point your left off and finish the ½" seam.

    NOTE: If you are new to binding, review our tutorial for additional information and photos of these and other binding steps
  10. Flip the blanket to the back and fold in the raw edge of the binding ½".
  11. Machine baste in place. This will help control the tendency of the knit fabric to roll toward the right side of the trim. 
  12. Fold the edge of the binding again, encasing the raw edge, and pin in place. This second fold should cover the line of machine basting. Pin in place and/or hand baste in place. 
  13. From the right side of the blanket, stitch close to the edge, catching the basted edge as you sew (you can see our bright green hand basting).
  14. Remove both the hand and machine basting stitches. Press well.
     

HAT

  1. Make sure your have transferred the "fold line" placement from the original pattern. You can use pins or a fabric pen or pencil. 
  2. Place the two hat pieces right sides together, matching all the raw edges. Pin in place all around.
  3. Set up your machine with a ball point needle. Select an appropriate stitch for knit.
    NOTE: At the risk of becoming too repetitive, if you are new to sewing with knits, don't forget to check out our tutorial, which shows sewing machine stitch options and appropriate supplies.  
  4. Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch around the hat from one bottom corner to the opposite bottom corner, leaving the lower edge open. Go slowly around the curves to keep your stitch line nice and smooth. We have a tutorial on sewing curves if you'd like to learn more.
  5. When the stitching is complete, sew a second line of zigzag stitching ¼” from the first line of stitching. 
  6. Trim the seam close to the second line of stitching. (Here I go again... this finishing step is outlined in our Sewing with Knits tutorial.)
  7. Turn the hat right side out through the bottom opening and use your finger or a long, blunt-end tool to smooth out the curves.
  8. Fold the hem of the hat to the inside on the marked line (4” from the bottom edge). 
  9. Stitch the hem in place, using a medium zig zag stitch. The sample uses a zig zag 3 mm in width and 1.5 mm in length.
  10. You simply need the swing of the needle to encase the raw edge.
     
  11. Turn up the hem to create the cuff. Press in place.
  12. The cuff should just cover the line of stitching.
  13. To complete the hat, tie the ends together to form a topknot bow or knot each end separately to create bunny ears.

Contributors

Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Michele Mishler

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Comments (35)

Suzersalad said:
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I read over your knit tutorials and understand your different stitches but you used a straight stitch on the blankets and whenever I do that my blanket stretches all over the Place. Should I use a zig zag stitch to sew the borders around everything or does that create a look I don't want?

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ Suzersaled - As you saw in our Sewing with Knits tutorial, you can use a regular straight stitch, but (oddly enough) this is considered an advanced technique. The seamstress who made our samples was indeed experienced and prefers the straight stitch. As shown above, the trick with this binding is really all about the basting steps described to get a smooth finish. If you've had problems with stretching, you may indeed want to go with one of the other stitch options. You could consider using a zig zag for all except the very final topstitching, which is what shows the most. The look is really your choice - if you like it... then it's right :-).

mjsmom73 said:
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Those fabrics are so adorable, especially the one with the elephants.  I love making baby crafts.  I would love to make these for my new nephew and the new baby we are trying for...

dora said:
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These are gorgeous! I love the fabric print combinations!

teagster said:
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I love these hats! Such a fun idea to match hats with blankies!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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Very cute with the stripes. Thanks for sharing.

Sewinbear said:
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Love these blankets! Great for charity/mission gifts too. thanks for sharing this tutorial! :)

Allison C said:
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I don't think to work with knits and I haven't thought about making a baby hat before.  It seems so easy from your tut.  I will put this olusty list 

SewLindaAnn said:
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I think these type hats are always being requested for charities, as well as blankets for little ones. I have bookmarked the info. on sewing with knits as I never have and really want to try them. Fabric.com has a great huge variety of them and I'm going to have to really read to find out which type of knit suits the project. I love that all the designers are putting out knit patterned fabric designs. With knits, I'd love to see baby onesies made easy to sew up for gifts.

Lana T said:
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I make a ton of these for gifts now I can add a hat!

MarciaFlorida said:
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Thanks for a tutorial on knit hats for those of us who cannot crochet.

Laura Adams said:
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Great tips!  Love the binding technique. Thanks!

gaylemn said:
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what a nice blanket the knit ones in stores are too small I'm going to make this one great for all seasons

Sabine said:
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Sweet!  I have one friend who's a not into the 'cutness' of all baby clothes, so this would be perfect for his little daughter

ljmcwilliams said:
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This is a wonderful tutorial. The hats and blankets were so easy to make! They will make fabulous Christmas gifts! I would love to see more projects for kids and boys in the future.

Kimberly N said:
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I usually like to serge my knits, but it can be just as easy to work with in the sewing machine. Just don't forget the ball point needle!

dmarie006 said:
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I have been wanting to make some cute hats for awhile now.  The two turquoise prints are SOOOOO cute and I love them.

The fabric that I like the most is Riley Blake Zoofari.  It can be used for a lot of different things.  I'd like to see a pattern for a car seat cover.  Somethings they get dirty or you just want something cuter/personalized then what you bought.  Thanks for the consideration.

Crisa said:
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The hats are adorable! I love the Animal Parade fabric by Ana Davis at fabric.com! I would like to learn how to make a highchair cover.

kansas1 said:
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Safe sleep recommendations for the prevention of SIDS includes, among other things, no bedding, pillows, bumper pads, etc. in cribs with children under 12 months old. I'd love to see a pattern for fleece sleep sacks with a zipper down the front or snaps at the neck and a safe closure at the bottom. These are used over a onesie or pajamas in place of blankets or quilts. Thanks in advance for giving this idea some consideration!

dstitchgal said:
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Love the binding technique!!  Making blankets for local charity and their request Was for " soft" blankets. This solves binding issue. Thank you for your great tips!

SunnySewing said:
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I love all the flannel, minky and fleece over at Fabric.com; however, I've always had a soft spot for Pooh.  I'd pick my favorite to be sleepy Pooh Nursery Sleepy Z's in Cream.  

As for projects, I'd love to see a baby sling on here.  One that goes over your shoulder and holds the baby close to you. 

Thanks for the chance to win!

SomeBunnyWhoSews said:
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The Beatrix Potter line of fabrics are SO cute!  How about a tutorial for a shopping cart cover with those?  :)

The Lucky Ladybug said:
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My favorite baby fabric is Michael Miller Gypsy Bandana Gypsy Paisley Pink/Lime and I'd love to see more diaper bag designs :)

MountainMom said:
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The link you provide for tips on Sewing with Knits doesn't work.

alicia.thommas said:
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Thanks for letting us know. That link has been fixed :)

cathydeecher said:
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in the picture under step 11 what is the seam allowance on the blanket, waas it stitched in a basting stitch , because i thought the 2 blankets were pinned together, ? could you clear this up for me thank you

cathy

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@ cathydeecher - in that photo, as it mentions, you have flipped the blanket over. So the seam you are seeing to the left is the seam that attached the binding to the blanket in the steps above. Step 11 describes what is happening in the photo below it -- the binding has been folded back 1/2" and you are machine basting that fold in place right along the edge. Hope that helps. 

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