DIY Upcycled Knotted Baby Hat

baby-hats-main aliceandlois.comI don’t know about you, but one can never have too many simple cotton baby hats. I love this tutorial as it is easy and you don’t have to buy any fabric! You can use old cotton t-shirts right from your closet! This DIY for our Baby Love Series is perfect for your baby or perfect for baby gifts.

Read more to see the full tutorial…..

supplies aliceandlois.comSupplies:

  • sewing machine
  • cotton t-shirts (with some stretch)
  • scissors
  • double stick fusible webbing
  • patterned fabric and baby hat for template


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Step 1: Lay your baby hat on top of the bottom of t-shirt and pin. Cut 1/4 inch around the hat. I used a baby hat in size 3-6 months for my template (See photo for detail). You are cutting 2 identical pieces of the t-shirt. You will use the hemmed edge of the old t-shirt for bottom of hat (no hemming required)!

Step 2: Pin the 2 sides of hat, right sides of fabric together.

Step 3: Using a zig-zag stitch, sew 1/4 in on 2 sides of hat. Do not sew the hemmed bottom edge of t-shirt. This is the hat opening.

Step 4: Inside out the hat and pull the top part out. Knot the top of hat.

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Step 5: Now to add some personality to the hat.

Iron on Applique technique

Use double sided fusible webbing (I use steam a seam brand). Press applique fabric on top of sticky side of webbing. Cut around desired pattern. Press onto hat. Follow directions on package of webbing. You can stitch the applique for a finished look, or leave it for a simple raw edge look.

I used a few applique techniques for the hats that I made…..The green hat was made from a t-shirt that had a bear design on the front. I cut around the bear, pinned it on the hat and sewed it on using a zig-zag stitch. I did not use the webbing for bear as I did not want the hat to feel too stiff. The other hats I used the simple applique technique using the webbing.

DIY tutorial for upcycled knotted baby hats on aliceandlois.com

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Enjoy the project!  I would love to see your finished projects! Please post some pictures on our Facebook page (click here).


All photos by Sara for alice & lois design studios, all rights reserved.

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  1. Beverly Frey says:

    Love it…where do I get pattern? Have photography studio…the hats would be great for newborn shoots…thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi Beverly
      I used a baby hat from babyGap that I had for my pattern.

  2. These would be great for any kid. Stocking hats itch so bad, and these would not. Great idea!!

  3. Really brilliant work. I will try to make this for my baby.

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