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How to Make a Beanie Hat | 4-in-1 Beanie Hat Pattern for Slouchy + Ponytail Hat

We’ve stepped deep into autumn and winter is getting closer, which means one thing. It’s the perfect time to learn how to make a beanie hat!

Right around this time of year, you need a hat that will keep you warm but at the same time, you don’t want to whip out those heavy-duty winter hats.

This beanie hat we’re about to show you doesn’t use a plain beanie hat pattern since it’s completely different from your regular beanies.

It’s a 4-in-1! You can use it as a normal beanie hat, ponytail hat, a scarf, or as a headband! It will keep you warm and fashionable, no matter how you decide to wear it!

diy beanie hat modeled by a woman

Now say goodbye to that chilly breeze going through your hair and say hello to style and comfort because you’re about to whip up this awesome beanie!

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a beanie hat

For everyone in the family. It’s unisex and due to the stretch fits most heads, so you needn’t worry about the fit.

family with beanie hats

Supplies and tools

diy beanie hat supplies

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How to Sew a Beanie

Watch the diy beanie hat video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Take the measurements and cut the fabric

Start by measuring your head circumference first. This will be the width of the fabric you’ll be using.

The length of the beanie depends on who is going to wear it. For adults, about 22 inches should do. For kids, the length should be about 20 inches. If you plan on putting this beanie on your toddler or a child younger than 6 years, the length should be about 18 inches. Here’s a quick reference guide.

  1. fabric width = head circumference
  2. fabric height: 
    • adults and teens – 22 in / 55 cm
    • kids 6-12 – 20 in /50cm
    • toddlers and kids under 6 – 18 in/45 cm

cutting fabric to make a slouchy beanie

If you prefer download the beanie hat sewing pattern above for a quick reference later.

After you’ve taken the measurements, cut out the fabric according to them.

STEP 2: Start sewing the beanie hat

Lay the fabric on your workspace so that its vertical side is the width and its horizontal side is the length.

Fold the fabric in half so that its horizontal sides meet. Keep the right side in, align the edges, and secure everything in place with some pins or clips.

make beanie hat - pin

Sew along the pinned raw edges that meet after folding. Use a serger machine for all sewing in this project, if you have one. If you don’t have it, use your regular sewing machine but use a stretch stitch, a mock serger stitch or a medium zig zag.

Leave a small opening unstitched near the bottom of the tube so that you can turn the fabric through it.

STEP 3: Fold the fabric

Lay the fabric on your workspace as it was just before you have sewn it.

folding the fabric for the diy beanie hat- bottom left corner to top right corner

Then grab its bottom left corner and pull it towards the top right corner. Join their tips together.

scheme of folding the fabric for diy beanie

While keeping the fold you just made in place, pull the other top corner towards the bottom right corner. Join the tips of the corners. Straighten everything out a bit.

last step of folding the diy beanie hat- top corner to bottom corner

If you did everything right, your fabric piece should look a bit like a crooked house.

STEP 4: Pin the bottom raw edge of the beanie hat

You’ll notice that your fabric piece now has four layers on the bottom edge.

fold the raw bottom edges of the beanie hat inside

Grab the two inner layers and fold them inward a bit, then pin the bottom and top edge. Use pins or clips to secure everything in place and be careful not to pin the inner layers.

pin the outer raw edges of the diy beanie hat

STEP 5: Sew the beanie hat

Now you’ll need to sew the two outer layers together. Start after the first pin and slowly go towards the last pin. Make sure not to catch the two inner layers!

When you get close to the opposite end, stop with the presser foot and the needle in DOWN position. Then slightly pull out the fabric from the inside, towards the side where your seam is heading.

sewing the bottom of the beanie hat

Align the top and bottom edges again and continue your seam.

Keep doing this until your stitch reaches its beginning. In other words, you’ll need to sew all around the outer layers.

finished seams of the slouchy beanie hat

STEP 6: Finish the twisted beanie hat

Search the hat for the unstitched section you left when making the first seam. When you find it, turn the entire hat through it.

turning around the slouchy beanie hat through the opening on the side

Fold the raw edges of the opening inward a bit and pin them in place. Sew the opening shut either by hand or with your sewing machine.

If you are sewing by hand, use ladder stitch the make the seam invisible. If you are in a hurry, use your sewing machine as this part will be the lining of the hat and will not show.stitching the side gap closed

Shake the entire thing a bit until it twirl opens and it takes the form of a hat. If you want to use it as a ponytail hat, just put it on as a regular hat and then push your messy bun or ponytail through the opening.

When you want to use it as a scarf or headband, just roll it up a bit.

Your new twisted beanie hat is complete!

finished DIY twisted beanie hat - step by step pattern making

What do you think about this tutorial? Were you able to make a beanie hat? Make sure to tell us your thoughts and ideas for improvement in the comment section below. Enjoy your new practical and stylish accessory!

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 9 comments
Sarah-Marie - November 15, 2020

These look fabulous and so perfect for the colder weather we’re now having! #DreamTeam

Naush Samama - November 16, 2020

Such a cute beanie !
Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Much love

Jennifer Dynys - November 17, 2020

I have never seen the ponytail hat before! So smart! Thank your for linking up with us at Embracing Home and Family!

Marilyn Lesniak - November 19, 2020

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

Marilyn Lesniak - November 21, 2020

Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Isn’t it great!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this tutorial, Marilyn! Thank you for your lovely review and the feature!

Shelbee on the Edge - November 22, 2020

These are fun hats! Thanks for sharing at #StylishMonday!


    Helen - January 22, 2022

    It’s also great for gift giving! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Shelbee!

Lydia - November 6, 2022

Hello! The pattern link isn’t working. Is it possible to update the link?


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