Today’s free sewing pattern is an easy fleece cuffed beanie. I don’t mind winter, but I don’t much enjoy being cold. In fact, it makes me quite grumpy. So if I’m heading outside any at all between, say November and March, I’m going to have a hat on my head. Something to keep my ears warm and my body heat in so I can avoid getting all cold and grumpy and generally no fun to be around.
And though I legit have a dresser drawer full of winter hats, I just made myself a new fleece beanie for this year. Because I can always use a new hat, right?
And if you’re thinking you need a new hat, too, I’ve got a free sewing pattern for you below: an easy fleece cuffed beanie.
I noticed that the stores are full of cuffed beanies right now, so I copied that style for my hat. A fleece cuffed beanie. I might really love this hat. Because while the cuff is a nice style line, it’s also extra layers of fleece at my ears. Three layers of fleece, in fact. That’ll certainly keep me warm and not grumpy!
I got my daughter to wear my hat so I could show it to you. She’s way cuter in it than I am.
Not only is it warm, this fleece cuffed beanie is also super easy to make. It’s just two pattern pieces and a handful of seams. I can make one start to finish in just 15 minutes!
So easy that I made another hat just for her, this time out of a faux fur fleece. The furry fleece is all trendy right now, showing up on hats and jackets and even purses, so when I saw it at the fabric store I grabbed some up to make a hat for her.
I will say that the faux fur fleece is more challenging to sew than just the plain fleece, so I couldn’t recommend it to an absolute beginner. When the layers of fur get smashed down under the presser foot, the fluffiness just kind of splooshes out the sides of the fabric making it hard to gauge if the layers are lined up or if you’re getting an accurate seam allowance. But if you’re okay with all that, the faux fur fleece makes an awful cute beanie. (And honestly, with all that fluffiness no one will be able to see if your seams aren’t even.)
All you need is a ½ yard of fleece fabric and my free sewing pattern. (The ½ yard of fleece is actually enough to make 2 beanies.)
Here’s how to make your own fleece cuffed beanie:
1/2 yard fleece
Easy Fleece Cuffed Beanie – free pattern
All seam allowances ½”. RST = Right Sides Together
Sew the Cuff
Fold the Cuff in half the short way to make a folded piece 11” wide x 6” tall. Sew down the side to create a short tube.
Fold the Cuff in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, creating a double-sided tube.
Sew the Crown
Fold one of the Crown pieces in half, RST. Sew the short curved edge, starting at the top. To get a nice curved top to your hat, blend the seam line into the straight edge with a long smooth curve.
Repeat with the other Crown piece.
Place the two Crown pieces RST. Sew around the curved edge.
With the Crown still turned wrong side out, place the Cuff around the bottom of the Crown with raw edges touching and with side seams aligned.
Sew around the bottom opening, attaching the Cuff to the bottom of the Crown. The fabric will be bulky where the side seam of the Cuff meets up with one of the side seams of the Crown. Just take it slowly and hand crank through that little bit if necessary.
Flip the Cuff down and turn the beanie right side out. You’ll see that the seam allowance shows on the front of the beanie. That’s okay because the Cuff will flip over it and cover it up. But first, go ahead and use a zig zag stitch to sew that seam allowance down to the front of the beanie to help reduce bulk. I used a short, wide stitch with a setting of 3 length and 5 width.
Flip the Cuff back up over the seam allowance. Your fleece cuffed beanie is finished!
If you love this easy fleece cuffed beanie then you will also love this Faux Fur Ear Warmer Sewing Tutorial: