Fleece Knight Helmet Hat with tutorial and free pattern!
Let me just start this post by saying that it was so insanely difficult to photograph Gavin in this hat, because he couldn’t break character. He was so busy posing and being a knight that it was seriously almost impossible to get a decent picture that shows off the hat.
Such a ham.
Gavin wanted to be a knight for Halloween, and I decided to make him the frock thing (Nathan is reading this hanging his head in shame that I don’t know the right terminology), and the shield. But we planned on buying him a sword and helmet. The sword we found right away, but we couldn’t for the life of us find just a plain helmet without a bunch of other stuff included. So I decided to make him one! I figured that it could be part of his Halloween costume and then would last into winter as a winter hat.
The base for this hat comes from this amazing Dinosaur Hat from Stitched. I switched out the spikes for the red piece in the back, and changed the ear piece to be a little more square. Then I added a front piece with buttons that can flip down, flip up, or just be taken off.
Want to make one too? Gavin’s head is about 22 inches around, and here is the pattern I made to make it!
Here is the pattern on three sheets:
Once you have printed out all three sheets, cut all the pieces of paper out, and tape together piece 3a to piece 3b and piece 4a to piece 4b.
You need about a half yard of gray and just scraps of red. The cutting out of the fleece is very straight forward, with the exception of piece 4. You need four piece 4’s, but you want to cut it in such a way that it is cut as two pieces, this way there won’t be a seam in the front of the hat. This is what it looks like all cut out:
I used a half inch seam allowance for the whole project.
The front piece isn’t pictured because I needed to see how it fit first to see how long it needed to be. Make sure you cut out two piece 3’s.
Now sew one side of a piece 1 to another side of a piece 1. Repeat that with the two remaining piece 1’s. (Pictures of this would be helpful huh? Head over to STITCHED.) Sew the red pieces together and flip inside out. Now you can complete the top of the hat. Pin the two sides of the hat together with the red part on the inside sandwiched between the right sides of the fabric.
Now sew together the two piece fours, leaving the wide piece at the end unsewn. Once it is sewn together, flip it so that the right sides of it are together, and sew down the length of the wide part. This will make it a full circle.
Put the top part of the hat inside the ear flap circle. Make sure that the red piece that goes in the back is lined up with the widest part of the ear flap (longest part?). Pin it in place. Sew around.
Sew the two piece 3’s together, leaving a small two inch gap. Flip it inside out, and then top stitch around it.
With your kid having the hat on very carefully pin piece 3 in place, add buttons, cut holes in piece 3, and you are done!
My sincere apologies for the lack of pictures. I made this on the fly and wasn’t sure that it would even work let along be blog worthy. Head over to STITCHED. The concept is totally the same, and she has step by step pictures. You know, like a classy blogger.