tutorial: slouchy beanie sewing pattern

This post is written by Teresa of Dandelion Drift.


Today I’m here to help you make your own comfy hat with this free slouchy beanie sewing pattern for babies, kids, and adults!

Has it started to get cold by you guys?  It’s cold here, in fact, today I’m wearing my boots and sweater, but cold is a little relative. It’s in the 60s here (in Florida) and that means I am freezing! But it also means I can do a little sewing for this cooler weather…woot! And both of my kids are in need of some new cold weather clothes!


I’m sure you all remember this hat from when Kahlin wore it for Project Run and Play (where Rachael showed off all of her slow sewing skills with a lot of hand stitching and Alabama Chanin). Want to know how to make one of your own? Rachael has put together a great free pattern for a slouchy beanie, and I’ll show you how easy it is to make!


Pattern notes:

  • All seams are 1/2 inch.
  • This pattern is to be used with knit fabric (fabric with stretch).
  • Use the stretch stitch on your sewing machine…mine looks like a lightning bolt.
  • When printing out your pattern, make sure you have the box that says no scaling checked.
  • There are just two pages, tape them together and you are about ready to sew!


1.  Measure the circumference of the head you are sewing for and choose the corresponding size. (click here to download the slouchy beanie pdf pattern)

2.  With the fabric folded in half, cut out two pattern pieces.

3.  Right sides together, stitch the long ends of the beanie (don’t forget to use the stretch stitch).

4.  Press seams open. Line up the two side seams in the middle of your hat. Stitch the top opening closed, with the two side seams matched in the middle (refer to the picture).


5.  Turn the beanie right side out. It should look a little strange with the points at the top, but don’t worry, that’s correct. Now move your hat so that the side seams are again on the side. Grab one of the points, and bring it tot he middle. Grab the other point and bring it to the middle. Stitch back and forth, just over that middle point to tack the points down.


6.  Ready for the end? Turn under the bottom 1/2 inch and then turn under again 1/2 inch. Stitch this hem in place, and you are done! (Don’t forget to use your stretch stitch) Alternately, you can leave the bottom edge un-hemmed – just make sure that your side seams are secured.


Pretty easy, huh?  The gray hat I made with a cut up t shirt.  And the black polka dot hat is made with reversible knit fabric from Joann’s {*affiliate link}.

I can’t wait to see the beanies that you start stitching!

P.S.  Recognize that cute skirt Sweet Pea is wearing?  It’s the alder skirt (with shorts underneath… tutorial here).


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Teresa Behr

Hi all...my name is Teresa.I have a serious problem sitting still and fill the little free time I have with projects.I love to create, especially when I get to use my sewing machine!

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42 Responses to tutorial: slouchy beanie sewing pattern

  1. Anne November 11, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    My daughter would love for me to make her one of these! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your post:


  2. Dale November 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Thank you for this looks like a fun simple project for gifts !

  3. karry November 14, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    hi! love it! is there a way to make it lined tho?

    • Rachael Gander November 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      oh, you totally could! I would just make two and then align then RST at the bottom edges, sew around but leave space to turn. then turn, and stitch opening closed. bam, lined hat!

      • karry November 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

        awesome! thanks!

      • Nicole October 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

        Hi Rachael!
        I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you could clarify this for me.

        • Marcy October 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

          To line one, you want to cut out a total of four pieces of fabric. Proceed like you are going to make 2 separate hats. Then, you will put the two un-hemmed hats together rights side to right side (so say the inner one is right side out, place the second one inside out on top of the first one. Make sure your side seams match up. Either way you look at the double-up hat, you should see the wrong side of each because the right sides are stuck together. Hem the bottom hem, allowing a small opening just big enough to turn the hats right-side-out and then finish the hem by closing the opening either by machine or hand. You can also tack the 2 pieces together at the very top if you like, once they are right-sides-out.

          I’ve made a few that were made of fleece and lines with fleece. Great for cold winter days but they turn out very thick. A jersey knit will be a lot thinner as a liner but also a bit slippery. Most of the ones I make now are single layer fleece.

    • Marcy August 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Yup! I just made two lined/reversible (different fabrics) and they came out AWESOME. The inside ends up showing through a bit like a band…and hemming it this way is way easier than folding under. You can see a couple pics at http://www.hatsofhope.org

      (I hope the link is okay, if not sorry)

      • Rachael Gander August 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

        that’s fabulous!! and yes, thanks for the link. they look adorable :)

        • Claudine October 1, 2015 at 1:42 am #

          Ohhh, Thank you very much for your pattern!!! Super!!!

  4. Brittany December 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Do you have any suggestions as to where to get the fabric? (newbie here!)

    • Rachael Gander December 12, 2014 at 5:37 am #

      there are some great knit fabrics in my shop (both solids and prints) and I also buy knits online from Girl Charlee or at my local Jo-Ann. you don’t need a whole lot of fabric for the hats, so you can even get one out of an old t-shirt if you have any lying around that are ready for a new life!

  5. Pamela Frederick March 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm #


    Thanks for the tutorial and pattern for the slouchy beanie hat. I am wondering if it matters how the pattern pieces are positioned on the knit fabric? By that, I mean does it matter which direction the stretch of the fabric is going in relation to the pattern piece?

    I hope you understand what I am asking. I guess I want to be sure the hat stretches enough in the correct direction.

    Pam Frederick

    • Rachael Gander March 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      you would want the stretch to go around the head, so the way the pattern pieces are, you would want to place the grain of the fabric to be parallel to the fold line.

      • Pamela Frederick March 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

        Don’t mean to be dumb but just to clarify, would I want the fabric to stretch from side to side when the pattern is placed on the fold? The other option would be to have the fabric stretch from top to bottom (from the fold to the top of the pattern piece). Thanks for taking time to help me understand.

        Pam Frederick

        • Rachael Gander March 6, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

          yes, exactly!! you want the fabric to stretch side to side, which in most cases will mean that the selvage of your fabric will be parallel to the center fold line on the pattern :)

          • Pamela Frederick March 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

            Thanks. I plan on making one today.


          • Rachael Gander March 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

            sounds great! I’d love to see pictures if you want to share :)

      • Pamela Frederick March 9, 2015 at 9:22 am #


        Excited about Selfish Sewing week!

        I made two of the slouchy beanies last week. I started with the largest size and it was enormous. I then tried the next size down and it it still way too large. My head is average size so I’m not sure why the beanies are so big.

        I made these beanies from some knit fabric I had on hand. Nothing special–along the lines of t-shirt knit. Anyway, I am thinking that perhaps the fit would be better if I try a lycra-type knit. I don’t have any of that on hand. If I do purchase some, I will let you know how things work out.

        I really like the look of the slouchy beanie but have to kind some kind of knit with a good amount of stretch.

        Pam Frederick

  6. Margaret Jankowski May 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm #

    Found your great pattern and whipped this up tonight in no time!! So cute and easy. I love it!

  7. Karen June 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    I was looking for something that I, being a new sewist, could make for my sweet daughter-in-law as she will soon lose her hair to Chemotherapy. She is only 38 years old. Thank you for making this available, and, FREE! I appreciate you so much. THANK YOU!!!

    • Rachael Gander June 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm #

      so glad to hear that it will put to such a great use :) best wishes to you and your daughter-in-law!

  8. Karen June 10, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    Thank you Rachael

  9. Karen from Canada Bliss June 23, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    I love your site. This is an awesome pattern! Now I’ll know what to do with all my t-shirt. Thank goodness I found your site before I gave them all away!

    All the best to you and your awesome blog!


  10. OnDeane July 11, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    Thank you so much. I plan on making a few of these with an elastic band a lining for me son and I.

  11. monst July 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial – it’s wonderful! I’m a newbie at sewing, so I’ve never sewed with stretchy fabric before. You mentioned using a stretch stitch, but do I need to use a different foot also? Thanks!!

    • Rachael Gander August 3, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      nope! sometimes if I’m having trouble with a knit, I’ll use my walking foot but most of the time I just use a zig-zag stitch and my regular foot.

  12. M. Lauryl Lewis July 26, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting this! My 11 year old is losing his hair right now (chemotherapy for brain cancer). Some lovely ladies I’ve known online for YEARS have offered to make him some slouch beanies and they linked to your site! Once things settle down a bit in our home, Henrik and I are going to be making these for other kids in our region who are fighting cancer. Just wanted to let you know how a single post can go a very long way… :-) http://www.hatsofhope.org (it’s not perfect yet)

    • Rachael Gander August 3, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      that is so wonderful!! thank you for sharing, and I will keep you and your son in my thoughts.

  13. Karilyn October 1, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    So grateful for this tutorial! Quick question, what age is the baby size for on the pattern? I don’t want to make one too small. :) I measured and his head is 17 inches around. Thank you in advance!!

  14. Monica November 15, 2015 at 1:53 pm #


    I tried making two of these but I am having trouble with the sizing. I know the seam allowance is 1/2 an inch but when I made the size that corresponds to my sons head circumference it came out way too big. it fit my husband’s big head lol. When I made two sizes smaller than it fit my son’s head but according to the pattern it was 3 inches smaller in circumference. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. I thought that maybe I was sewing the wrong side closed but I don’t think that is it. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

  15. kat December 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    I also tried making a few of these in a child’s medium and they were way too big even for an adult. I think the fabric is getting stretched out as I sew the brim – any suggestions? Maybe you can be more specific about what type of stretch stitch you use?

  16. Darla Barrows December 9, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    I just made this after seeing it posted on December Mothering Arts. It turned out so beautifully!!!! I used an old t-shirt that I have been toting around for the last few years because it had a small stain on it but the colour (heather karmine red) was so beautiful I couldn’t bear to throw it out. This was the perfect way to repurpose it. I have been looking for a sweet, useful homemade gift that I could make for friends this year and this is so perfect. It is also perfect for the men in our house who find knitted hats “too itchy”. :) Thank you for taking the time to post this!

  17. Hawaii Girl December 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    Your pattern and instructions are OUTSTANDING! Thank you so much! I’ve created an Upcycled version of it in Merino Wool for my grandson and he just loves it!

  18. Hawaii Girl December 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Btw, I also blogged about my project using your pattern and created a link to your website as well at http://www.hawaiigirladventures.com/2015/12/diy-merino-wool-upcycled-slouchy-beanie.html

    Thanks you again!

  19. Bridgette March 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Thanks for the great pattern, I am going to make a BUNCH, to drop off at the children’s cancer unit, so they can keep their little beanies warm, and fashionable!!!

  20. B April 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Ugh. I love the free pattern and the tutorial, but I cannot figure out how you sewed it all together with these photos! :( I need a video to follow along. One of the comments said to have 4 pieces total, I cut out the pattern and taped it together to be 2 pieces? Is that wrong? Idk I’m so bad at following patterns. :*(

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