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To tell you the truth, this hat can probably be made for even less, depending on where you buy your material. I got a 1 yard remnant of black fleece from Jo-anns, and that is probably enough to make 2 adult hats depending on how big your head is. This hat fit my 9 year old sister and my mom. This is an entry for the sew warm contest. If you like this instructable please vote for my sister and I! If anyone needs any help notify me in the comments!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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All you need to make your head nice and toasty warm are:
  • Fleece
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread*
  • Scissors
  • 5 minutes
*If you use a needle and thread, add around 2 hours to the time. I wouldn't recommend using a needle and thead.

Step 2: Measuring and Cutting

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Cut a square about 22"x22". This will fit an adult. If you are making this for a child smaller then my sister, cut it smaller.

Step 3: Sewing

Once you have cut your square, figure out which direction is more stretchy. You will want to fold up the edge that runs parallel to the stretchy direction. This will be the rim of your hat. Fold this up 1" and sew.(See picture for more details) Once you have sewn the rim of your hat, fold it in half, overlapping the rim. Now you will be sewing the side seam of your hat creating a long tube that is open in both ends. This step is confusing so see the pictures PLEASE!

Step 4: Tying

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Once you are finished, you should have something that looks like a huge tube sock that is open on both ends. Cut strips that go halfway down the hat (this should be around 11 inches) from the open side on the top, opposite the rim. Do not cut these strips off. Tie 4 of the opposite strips together, or until it is sealed on the top and you have your $5, 5 minute hat!

Frindledon34 years ago
Awesome. But I dont have a sewing mahcine. -tear-
I can operate a sewing machine, but choose not to. All you have to do is just sew in the areas it tells you to and do all that other good stuff. No need to cry, Frindledon3! I don't own one anyway and plan to do this! I could probably figure out how to do this no-sew, if needed. Just PM me! 
Patience. Watch the curbs, thrift stores, Craig's List, sometimes Free-Cycle. Heavy built to last pre-1975 machines are often tossed or sell for <$15. Most can be brought back to life with a through cleaning, rarely do they need more adjustment then the thread tension. Heavy, but will outlast the next generation of sewers. Yahoo! has several groups that help people resurrect/keep them going. A Zigzag isn't even necessary for most home projects like this or curtains, towels etc.

Ron
You could do it by hand (if you have loads and loads of spare time that is :))

I made a hat like this way back. It's so warm I only use it when it is very very cold. Made an accompanying  scarf to go with it as well.
I'm making it for a cancer patient. To keep her head warm in the winter. I can adjust it for someone with no hair.. Thanks
Very detailed! Thank you!
canida4 years ago
Cute hat!  Looks toasty.