How to Make Hats: 34 Sewing Tutorials to Make Hats You Will Love

By: Sari Lesk, Editor,
How to Make Hats 34 Sewing Tutorials to Make Hats You Will Love

The song will tell you that you're never fully dressed without a smile, but everyone knows you're never really fully dressed without a rockin' hat. Make your outfit complete by topping it off the most fedorable way you can. Hats are a matter of fashion as well as practicality. This accessory is just what you need to keep your head warm in the winter and your face sunburn-free in the summer. If you're already going to wear a hat for your health, you might as well make it high fashion. These 34 sewing tutorials will show you how to make a hat for your every need!

Whatever the occasion or season, you're bound to find the sewing tutorial you need for your next DIY hat in this collection. Whether you need a summer hat pattern to shade your skin or you'd like to learn how to make hats for winter to keep your noggin cozy, there's something for everyone here. Plus, you'll find baby hat sewing patterns throughout, and there's a bonus section for tutorials on how to make costume hats at the end of the page. You won't want to miss out on any of the many options here!

Sun Hat Patterns and More Hats for Summer

When the summer months roll around, the sun can turn your face an unsightly shade of red if you're not careful. While sunblock can help protect your face, it doesn't always do the trick. In addition to protecting your skin, a stylish summer hat pattern will also help shield your eyes from the sun's bright glare. Check out these sewing tutorials for sun hat patterns to learn how to make hats that will surely serve you well in the hot summer weather.

  • Boy's Sunhat

    This hat will keep the hair out of his eyes and protect his face from the sun while playing outdoors. If you're looking for free sewing hat patterns, give this one a try.

  • Sun Hat

    This floppy sun hat pattern is a great, versatile way to make your own hat for sunny days at the beach. This hat will protect you from the sun and serve as a fantastic fashionable accessory.

  • Toddler Baseball Cap Pattern

    This creative and upcycled sewing idea is so cute that you'll want to make a whole bunch of them. Perfect to block the sun and show off their favorite team, this pattern is surprisingly cheap to make, too!

  • DIY Kids' Sun Hat

    Protect your little one from harmful sunburns and UV rays with this adorable denim sun hat. Super easy to sew up and fit on any little head, this is the ideal project to start before the summer rays are shining.

  • Star Spangled Toddler Cap

    Print out the free template included with this tutorial and sew your child a hat full of red, white, and blue. Follow along with the instructions to learn how to make a hat that is perfect for your child to wear on the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day.

Winter Hat Sewing Patterns

If the ground is cloaked in a sparkling sheet of white snow, it's time to break out the warm and cozy winter hat patterns. A good winter hat can even help you stay healthy during the flu season. For the most chic ways to keep your head warm in a snow shower, give any of these sewing tutorials for winter hat sewing patterns a go.

  • Basic Hat With Ribbon Tutorial

    Here's a hat that will look adorable on any little girl. It's a simple hat made from fleece that will keep her head warm in the colder months.

  • Faux Fur Floppy Ears Hat

    Your ears will stay warm during even the coldest of days in winter with this hat. This is one of the best free sewing hat patterns for a combination of functionality and style.

  • How to Make a Fleece Hat With Ears

    Don't just send them out in an ordinary hat. Instead, make your children this cute fleece hat complete with puppy ears!

  • Twists and Bows Slouch Hat

    This is the perfect free sewing hat pattern for fashionistas looking to stay warm during the winter. The pattern is unique without losing its stylish appeal or its function, and you can find a new challenge in the techniques used to make it.

  • Cuffed Baby Hat Pattern

    This baby hat pattern is made out of soft knit fabric for a comfortable fit for your little one. It has a fitted top and a cuff that you can roll up however much you want.

  • Baby Hat with Chin Strap

    Keep your baby's head extra warm this winter. This easy sewing project will ensure that your baby's head is always covered and cozy, thanks to the chin strap feature.

  • Pom Pom Fleece Hat Sewing Pattern

    Create this winter hat pattern in as little as a few minutes, and have it ready to go next time your little snow bunny wants to go out and frolic in the fresh powder. Simply follow the step-by-step-tutorial and make one as a gift for your niece, nephew, or grandchild and watch as they enjoy the cold weather in warm, cozy comfort. 

  • Wool Sweater Hat

    In the winter, you've got to have a nice warm hat for the chilliest days. Now you can make one from material you already have in your home.

  • Reversible Wool Hat Pattern

    This hat will sew up very easily, and the tutorial will show you the steps you need to make to create a simple, cute hat for women. The pattern can be easily adjusted to be a kid and teen hat as well.

  • Faux Fur Bomber Hat Tutorial

    Make sure to keep extra warm this winter with this easy sewing project that uses faux fur! A simple sewing project that you can wear all winter, this tutorial for how to sew a hat comes with a diagram for creating your pattern pieces, and it gives detailed instructions for taking your measurements so that your hat fits you perfectly.

  • DIY Winter Hat from Upcycled Sweater

    These step-by-step instructions show you how to make a hat from your outgrown or unworn sweaters. Upcycled clothing items like these hats make wonderful homemade gift ideas that show your love while still saving you money and time.

  • Stylish Refashioned Hats with Pom Poms

    This quick and easy sewing pattern is a delightful way to upcycle an item that you likely would have pitched in the garbage otherwise. This sewing pattern is a frugal and budget-friendly way to replenish your winter gear without breaking the bank.

  • DIY Beanie and Infinity Scarf Refashion

    This refashioning tutorial shows you how to take an old thick sweater and transform it into two new DIY accessories for your winter wardrobe in under 10 minutes! With this refashioning project, you can design a warm winter hat using the sleeves of your sweater, and turn the bodice of your top into an easy infinity scarf.

How to Make Hats for Formal Settings

Dress to the nines from head to toe with these simple DIY hats. Your fabulous outfit just wouldn't be complete without a hat like a fedora or beret. If you're looking for a hat as classy as the outfit you'll match it with, these sewing tutorials are perfect for you.

  • Fine Fedora Hat

    Revive the style of the 1920s by following this tutorial to make a fedora. Because the instructions are so accessible and the final product extremely eye-catching, this easy hat pattern is a great way to fearlessly explore the sewing unknown!

  • Fleece Beret

    Here's a hat that's both stylish and comfy. It's perfect for a fall day and is a great way to support your favorite football team. All you need is some colorful fleece and our simple beret sewing pattern.

  • 1920s Cloche Hat Pattern

    It’s hard not to love all things vintage, which is why this pattern is just so cute! Learn how to sew a hat that fits tight against your head and comes down low towards the eyebrows—just like they wore them in the Roaring Twenties.

Dress-Up and Costume Hat Patterns

Kids love to play dress-up, and you can easily take the expense out of building up a wardrobe of costumes by sewing these costume hat patterns. These hats are perfect for helping your kids make believe. Check out these tutorials for free costume sewing patterns that will teach you how to make hats your kids will love to wear as they let their imaginations soar.

  • Bunny Hat

    This bunny hat is as easy to sew as it is cute! Make this cute craft for free using our free sewing pattern for babies, and your little cutie will be the talk of the town.

  • Kids Top Chef Hat

    This is a great do-it-yourself kids' costume idea to get your children's creative juices flowing. Other costume ideas are complicated, but this is an easy hat to make that could be a great Halloween costume for your kid.

  • Mini Top Hat

    Dress up any boring outfit with this adorable sewn project. When you're in need of free sewing hat patterns, turn to this fun project and create a mini top hat that's sure to turn heads!

  • Steampunk Pirate Hat

    Looking for an accessory to complete your Halloween costume? This hat is a perfect fit. Check out this easy tutorial and learn how to make a swashbuckling mini tricorn hat.

  • The Eddie Cap Tutorial

    This is the perfect way to outfit a little boy for fall. Sewn hat patterns like this little newsboy cap will keep your little fella's head warm, and this one is just too cute for words!

  • DIY Cowboy Hat

    If you or your children are rocking the Western look this year, this is a must-have piece for your ensemble. Fellow trick-or-treaters are sure to be impressed with your sewing prowess when they see this adorable DIY cowboy hat.

  • Yellow Hat Tutorial

    Because of his iconic headpiece, The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George is one of the world's most beloved characters. This tutorial will transform your little guy into his favorite explorer in a few simple steps.

  • Hocus Pocus Halloween Witch Hat

    Get your little witch ready for the holiday with this witchy hat! This DIY witch hat is ridiculously easy to make and perfectly tops off any witch's costume.

  • Zany Fox Hat Pattern

    This zany pattern is perfect for speaking to your child’s wilder side. Making a hat like this one for your son or daughter is a great way to ensure that he or she stays warm all winter long.

  • Enchanted Pixie Hat Pattern

    This will turn your daughter into a whimsical character straight out of a storybook. Learn how to sew a hat that's both cute and warm for the chilly days of winter.

  • Fleece Unicorn Hat

    The fleece used in this project will keep your child warm and toasty, while the colorful mane and gold horn will make it so much easier for you to spot your child in the crowd at school pickup. If your child loves unicorns, this sewing project will be a hit with them!

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