Looking for a fun and easy holiday sewing project with that quick-finish gratification? These Santa hats pair fuzzy fleece with your favorite cotton prints to make fun, modern, cozy hats for all your festive moments. They are the perfect weeknight / weekend project – they come together super fast – and it’s impossible to make just one!

All our holiday collections would be perfect for these hats. The three shown in this tutorial were all made with Noel, our most recent Christmas collection, in stores now. Get the full tutorial and pattern pieces below!

MATERIALS

  • Santa Hat Template (download here)
  • 5/8 yd main fabric
  • 5/8 yard fleece for lining
  • Optional: 1/4 yard super fuzzy fleece for band and pom pom (if you don’t get this, the 5/8 yard of fleece for the lining is enough for the band and pom pom as well)
  • Cotton+Steel Thread by Sulky
  • Hand sewing needle

Note about the fleece: For the band, something with some stretch works the best. Both our fleeces are from the baby blanket section of Joann Fabrics.

PREP

Print out the template, being sure that your printer is set to print at 100%. There is a 1″ square you can measure on the printout to check. Cut out the pieces and use the taping diagram to tape together hat.

CUTTING

From main hat fabric, cut one Main Hat template on the fold.

From fleece lining, cut one Main Hat template on the fold. (Be sure to leave room for the band if using same fabric.)

From extra furry fleece, cut Band: 25″ wide by 7.5″ tall, and Pom Pom.

DIRECTIONS

All seam allowances are 5/8″ unless otherwise noted.

Fold main fabric hat in half, right sides together, and pin together straight edges.

Stitch edges together. Trim top point as shown below.

Press seam open.

Repeat process with fleece lining, minus the pressing. To reduce bulk, trim entire seam allowance of fleece lining in half.

Turn main hat right side out. Put lining inside main fabric so that wrong sides of both fabrics are touching.

Line up bottom raw edges, aligning seams and pinning all the way around. Put your stitch length up to 4.0 and sew all the way around the bottom edge at 3/8″.

Fold band fabric in half with right sides together, aligning short ends. Sew short ends together. (TIP: After sewing, fold the band in half and try it on for size. If you’d like it to be snugger, re-sew the seam a little further in from the edge.) Trim seam allowance.

Fold band in half, wrong sides together, lining up the two long raw edges.

Place folded band inside hat with the folded edge of band pointed towards the inside. Line up band and hat seams and pin.

Work all the way around, lining up the raw edges and pinning everything together. If you made your band shorter, you’ll need to stretch it a little to make it fit the hat. That’s ok!

Stitch all the way around the bottom edges at your 5/8″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. If you’re using super fuzzy fleece like we are, we recommend putting your stitch length all the way up – the thickness of the fabric will eat up that length and your stitching will look normal. Also, this is a thick seam. You may need to gently pull the fabric through the machine as you sew. Be prepared to (wo)manhandle it.

Sew the same edge at 3/8″ with a zig zag stitch. Again, womanhandle that fabric and show it who’s boss. Then trim the excess just outside the zig zag.

Fold the band up to cover the seam.

On the Pom Pom piece, use a hand sewing needle to sew a large running stitch all the way around about 3/8″ in from the edge, leaving tails long and unknotted. We used green thread so you can see, but you’ll want to use something that matches your fleece.

Gently pull on thread tails to tighten. Stuff pom pom – this is a perfect chance to use up some fabric scraps!

Once stuffed, gently pull the threads to tighten all the way. Tie into a knot, but don’t trim yet. Stitch back and forth across the top of the pom pom until it feels tightly closed.

Tie another knot, then hand stitch the pom pom onto the tip of the hat.

Tie a final knot then bury the thread tails in the pom pom. Put on your new hat and find some cookies to decorate or presents to wrap!

Then make a hat for all your friends!

Be sure to tag your makes with #cottonandsteel on social media so we can see!

Note: This is a one-size-fits-most-adults pattern, but it would be easy to take it in to fit kids! In the instructions above, sew the band first and have the kid try it on for size so you can see how much to take it in. If it’s taken in a ton (say, more than 4 or 5″) you should probably take in the hat seam a bit as well. By sewing the band first you can see if you need to adjust the hat at all before you attach the outside and lining together at the bottom.

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  • FlourishingPalms
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    I absolutely love this idea, and appreciate the specs and tutorial you’ve provided so we can sew them ourselves. Thank you very much! My only question… Is this an adults-only pattern? Is the band stretchy enough to be suitable for children?

    • cottonandsteel
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      Hello! This is a one-size-fits-most-adults pattern, but it would be easy to take it in to fit kids! In the instructions above, after you sew the band’s short ends there is a mention of trying it on for size. At that point you could try it on the child’s head and take it in. If it’s taken in a ton (say, more than 4 or 5″) you should probably take in the hat seam a bit as well. If you sew the band first and have them try it on, then you’ll know if you need to adjust the hat seam when you sew it!

  • Sandy
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    These are so cute. Do you think the pattern can be reduced to make a size that would fit preemie babies? Some of the ladies in my sewing group crochet hats for the NICU, but these would be darling (and warm).

  • Deb Pete
    Reply

    Great Holiday hat. What size circle do you cut out for the Pom Pom? Thankyou

    • cottonandsteel
      Reply

      There is a pattern piece for it on the printout 🙂 it is a 7″ circle!

  • Nita Hanenburg
    Reply

    This is Way Fun & Easy! Thank Thank Thank You so much for this.

  • Jeanne
    Reply

    I just made 4 hats for my daughters family. Too much fun! Thanks for such a cute and easy to follow pattern. Merry Christmas!!

    • cottonandsteel
      Reply

      Yaaay that makes us so happy!! So glad you liked the pattern, merry christmas!!

  • Deanna Degraff
    Reply

    Unfortunately my Jo-Ann fabric store does not carry the Cotton + Steel prints as pictured above which is disappointing. So I substituted 2 other prints & will be ordering the candy cane print online. I am also going to contact Jo-Ann fabrics corporate & find out if that product is only stocked in some of their stores in a different area of the UNITED STATES. I am on the east coast NJ. Just st thought this information might be helpful.

    • cottonandsteel
      Reply

      Hello! Cotton+Steel is not sold in any Joann Fabrics locations, only independent fabric stores and websites. There is a stockist list at the top of our website if you click “where to buy.” The mention of Joann in the post is about the fleece fabric used for the lining and band, which is not a Cotton+Steel fabric. Hope that helps, and we’re sure any fabric you use for the hats will be cute!

  • Fredette Kopola
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    I loved this cute hat so much, I ran out on my lunch hour and bought some fabric for it! Unfortunately couldn’t buy any Cotton & Steel fabric. I checked the page with retail sellers, but there isn’t anything for Canada. Does anyone in Canada carry your fabrics? I am in Edmonton, Alberta. Or internet retailers?
    Thanks. 🙂

    • cottonandsteel
      Reply

      Hello! Our fabric is sold through a distributor in Canada, so we don’t have a list of stores, but they might be able to help you – Trend-Tex Fabrics. Also a quick google search turned up a shop called Sparrow Quilt Co in Edmonton as carrying Cotton+Steel, you might try them!

  • Christy Greene
    Reply

    Love this Tutorial, and of course Love my Cotton and Steel fabric!

  • Anne ehlers
    Reply

    It would make printing a bit easier if the pages were numbered.
    I’m about to make one for my daughter to wear at work over Christmas.
    Anne

  • Kim Callaway
    Reply

    On the printed part of your hat pattern, it says to cut 2 of fleece. This is a mistake. It should read cut 1 of fleece. I am making the Santa hat right now, and I am really going to enjoy wearing it!

  • Tania
    Reply

    Thank you so much for this pattern, I have just whipped up 6 santa hats and I’m sure I’ll have orders for more from the rest of the family next year!

  • Layasa
    Reply

    wow!! very charming and colorful hats. Brilliant tutorial, I love this.

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