This hat is my second completed item for the UFO Contest this year. The hat and mitten set was supposed to be a baby shower gift many years ago. The crown pieces were sewn and I think it became a UFO because I needed to dig out scraps of stretch fleece for the band and who knows where those scraps were at the time. The mittens without thumbs are from a Stretch & Sew pattern and they were finished years ago with the crown.
Polar Fleece baby hat. The crown is 4 triangles sewn together. The band is 2 layers. I'm pretty sure the hat pattern is from the first Polarfleece Pizzazz Book, but all I have is a photocopy of the pattern. I have the second book in the series and this hat is not in there.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but it helps to already be familiar with how to sew high-quality polyester fleeces.
The seam allowances are 1/4" and I find it difficult to do much less than 3/8" on my regular sewing machine when using Polartec 200, 300, or other thick, plush fleece. I find 1/4" seams to be easier on a serger when using plush fabrics because the overlock stitch helps to compress the seam allowances.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I've made several of these hats for baby shower gifts over the years and they are quick to make.
The crown is made from scraps of Polartec 200 in a printed moose pattern. The band is two layers of heather grey MicroPowerstretch from stash scraps. For the inside band, the fleece side is out. For the outside band, I put the smooth side out for more durability.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Used a different fleece for the band and left off the loop from the top of the crown.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Now I have a cold-weather baby shower gift all ready to go.