I made this cute fleece hat for my daughter and she loved it. Something about this pom-pom that just makes the hat so much fun. Ok! Ok! I admit it… I made the hat for me… but my daughter assumed it was for her and took it. But hey… no big deal! This hat took no time at all to make… so I’ll just make another!
Step 1: Fold your fleece right sides together (wrong sides out) aligning the selvage edges.
Step 2: Trim your folded fleece so that it is only 18″ tall.
Step 3: Measure from the folded edge over 10 1/4″ and mark in a few places.
Step 4: Cut your folded fleece so that it is 10 1/4″ wide.
Step 5: Unfold your fleece and lay it wrong side up.
Step 6: Fold the top edge down to the wrong side 3 1/2″
Step 7: Sew across the fleece panel 1/2″ above the bottom edge of the folded fleece.
Step 8: Cut from the top folded edge down to just above the stitching line… every 1/4″
These will become the loops to the fleece hat’s pom-pom
Step 9: Cut 1/2″ vertical slits just below the stitching line. Space the slits about 1″ apart.
The slits closest to the side edges should be 3/4″ in from the side edges.
Step 10: Fold the panel right sides together aligning the side edges.
Step 11: Sew a 1/2″ seam along the side edge… from the bottom edge to the stitching line.
Step 12: While the fleece hat is still wrong sides out, fold up the bottom edge 4 1/2″.
Step 13: Sew a zig-zag stitch along the top edge of the folded fleece… all the way around your hat.
Have the side seam open and flat when you fold and sew the fleece to reduce bulk.
Step 14: Turn your fleece hat right sides out.
Step 15: Cut a strip of fleece fabric that is 30″ long by 3/8″ wide
Step 16: Starting at the side seam, weave the strip of fleece in and out of the slits… all the way around the hat.
Step 17: When you have both ends of the strip at the side seam… pull the strip of fleece to gather the top of the hat tight. Tie the fleece strip into a tight bow… with the loops matching the length of the other loops.
And you’re all done! Now you have a cute pom-pom fleece hat that you can wear anywhere… or give as a gift!