Our youth group was fortunate enough to have been able to attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit this past summer. One of the activities that we really enjoyed during the Proclaim Story Day was making no-sew fleece hats for homeless kids in Detroit. This post will teach you how to make them for those in need in your context.
We will be making these hats for God’s Work Our Hands Sunday and giving them to Lutheran Family Services here in Nebraska. Enjoy!
No-Sew Fleece Hat Instructions
You will need:
2 yd. sections of 60” fleece fabric (this will make 10 hats)
strips of fleece to tie top
wooden templates for fringe making
- Mark 14 inches from the edge of a 9 foot table with blue painters tape.
- Make sure that the selvage edge of your 60 in fleece fabric is even. Adjust the fold, if needed.
- Line the cut edge of the fabric up with the edge of the table, and cut a 14 in strip along the painters tape.
- Your new piece will be 14 inches by 60 inches.
- Cut the piece in half along the fold; now you have two 14 in by 30 in pieces. These will make two hats.
- Trim off the excess selvage.
- Fold the short edges together; the piece should be 15 in long when folded in half and 14 in wide.
- Line up the template along the 14 in edge opposite the fold.
- Position both layers of fabric and the template slightly off the edge of the table.
- Use the template to cut the fringe.
- Tie the fringe together with a double knot to make a tube. This fringe will be the back of the hat.
- Choose which way will be the top of your hat. Position the template to cut fringe across the top and cut.
- There will be one fringe at the edge that will need to be cut in half.
- Hold all of the top fringe together in one hand.
- Use a scrap of fabric to tie the fringe together. Use a double knot. Trim the excess.
- Fold up the brim and you have a finished hat!
–Tri-Saints Lutheran Parish donates their hats to Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska for foster children.
–We learned how to make these hats at the ELCA National Youth Gathering of 2015 in Detroit, MI.