Thursday, November 5, 2009

easy knit baby hats

from here

The Three Birdies are excited to announce the arrival of the newest little birdie! Jessica & hubby welcomed baby Grayson on Thursday night. He's just as cute as his brothers, and I'm sure we'll be using him to model our creations in the near future. Stacy and I are so happy for their little family. Congrats, Jess!

To celebrate our newest arrival, here's a quick tutorial on a simple bear baby hat made out of soft knit fabric. We love that you can so easily personalize them or match them to an outfit with just a scrap of fabric on the ears!

Baby Bear Knit Hat Tutorial

*Knit fabric
*Scrap of contrasting cotton or knit fabric
*Sewing machine or serger
*Needle and thread

1. To get started, cut two pieces of the knit fabric in a shape similar to the picture below. These two pieces are approximately 7 inches wide at the bottom and about 7 1/2 inches tall. Next cut two ear pieces out of both the knit and the contrasting fabric (for a total of four pieces). Our ears are about 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches tall. Feel free to improvise here on the ears. If you want long bunny ears, then cut longer pieces or in a triangle shape for kitty ears. This is where your creativity can come into play.

2. Sew one patterned fabric ear piece and one knit ear piece right sides together along the rounded sides, but not the flat side.

3. Turn the ear pieces inside out so they look like this. You may need to snip notches in your curved part of the ear to help it turn better and lay flatter.

4. Next, we will pinch the bottom of the ears together like so.

5. Sew the ear along the flat side to help keep the shape of the fold. You really only need about three to four stitches.

6. Now, open your ears up and sandwich them between the two large pieces of knit fabric. Pin in place.

7. Sew or serge all the way around the curved edge of the hat. Turn your hat inside out. Roll the bottom of the hat up twice and, using a needle and thread, sew the roll in place by placing two stitches on each side of the hat on the seam

Aren't these sweet? They would be perfect paired with a onesie with a shape appliqued on the front in a matching fabric, like these. These are both simple but darling baby gifts you can make ahead and have on hand the next time a new little one comes along!

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