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How to Sew a Beanie

There are all kinds of quick and easy sewing projects that you can make up in just a couple of hours. One of our favorites is the beanie, which is so easy to make, and so cute to wear.

This is something you can make out of just about any type of fabric, including old sweaters, and even blue jeans, and you can have one made and ready to wear in no time flat. Today we are going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own beanie.

Let’s get started.

Sewing a Beanie

Materials you will need:

  • ½ yard polar fleece fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Straight pins (ball heads are easier to see and use)
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors


The beanie we are working on today will be made from polar fleece fabric, so it is more of a winter hat. If you don’t have polar fleece, there are other options.

For instance, you can cut up an old sweatshirt or sweater to make this beanie, and it will save you money because you don’t have to run out and buy any fabric.

Before you can start cutting and sewing, the first thing you need to do is measure your head (or the head of the person the beanie is for). Measure around the largest part of the head with your measuring tape, and then you can start working on the following steps.

1. Cut a piece of polar fleece that will measure as long as the head circumference, plus an additional half inch at each end for seam allowance. The piece should measure nine inches wide.

2. After cutting the polar fleece fabric, fold it in half, width-wise, with the right sides facing each other. Pin the short edges together with straight pins.

3. Stitch a straight seam along the pinned edge, leaving a one half inch seam allowance, with your sewing machine. At this point, you will be creating a tube of fabric.

4. Thread the sewing needle with 24 inches of thread, knotting at the long end. Sew one-inch basting stitches, one-half inch from the top of the tube, along the long edge.

Pull the thread to gather  the stitches, gently, and leave the stitches fairly loose so you can gather the center properly. Make sure you tie off the end of the thread so the stitches don’t unravel. This gathered edge will be the top of the beanie.

Turn the beanie right side out. Fold up the bottom edge of the beanie 2 inches to create a nice finish.

You don’t have to stitch this in place, but if you don’t need to be able to adjust the length of this piece, you can run your sewing machine around the edge so it stays in place when worn.

That’s all there is to making your very own beanie. This project is quick and easy you will probably want to make up a few and give them to your friends and family as gifts.

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