Diy Baby Beanie Hats from Recycled T shirts

Repurposing clothing is something I get excited about, and it’s not only from sweaters. There are a lot of things you can do with an upcycled T SHIRT as well. How about a baby beanie?

Baby and toddler clothes are so fun to make with upcycled t shirts because they don’t require a lot of fabric. These beanie hats are so fun and easy to make.

Although I don’t have any little ones around at the time, I was preparing some baby gifts and wanted to add a few beanie hats to what I had already purchased. I got into my t shirts box (yep, I save a few nice t shirts as well as sweaters) and found some cute t shirts that would work for beanies. They were cut out and sewn in 30 minutes.

This pattern includes THREE different types of hats and THREE different sizes.

Supplies & Items Needed

  • Stretchy knit t shirts or knit fabric

Look for soft stretchy fabric that would feel good on the little ones heads.

  • Free pattern (downloaded and cut out)
  • Scissors
  • Pins or fabric clips
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (single needle or serger can be used)

**If using a single needle machine, set the stitch to a small zigzag stitch to prevent seams from popping. 4 width and 1 1/2 length.

baby beanie pattern – download here 

Instructions Basic baby beanie

1-  Choose an existing t shirt or purchase 1/4 yard of knit fabric

Remember that this fabric will be touching a babies head, so find something that is cozy and soft to the touch. (Most knits are).

2-  cut out the pattern size and pin  on fabric

Make sure the stretch of the fabric is going horizontal as indicated on the pattern. To make things quicker, double fabric so you only have to make one cut. You need two top pieces.

beanie cuff3-  Fold fabric in half and place cuff piece on the fold where indicated on pattern.

Pin in place and cut out. You only need one cuff.

seams4-  Place top pieces Right Sides Together (RST).

Pin in place and sew the top sides. Do not sew the V pleat yet.

cuff seam

5-  Fold the cuff in half horizontally with (RST) and sew the side seam.


6-  Sew top piece darts.

Fold the top piece together so the side seams you just sewed are in alignment. Pin in place. Sew from the dart end all the way over the top to the end of the dart. Angle off slowly to prevent seam puff. Clip threads.

half way points7-   marking 1/2 way points with pins

With the top piece folded in half, mark the outer points with pins.

cuff half way points8- Hat cuff

Fold the cuff piece in half, with (RST) to form a band. Now place a pin at the half way point.

cuff to hat9-  Putting it all together

With the WRONG side out of the top piece, take the cuff and align 1/2 way points. Make sure the seam of the cuff is not on one of the side seams of the top piece. (You’ll want the seam to be in the back of the beanie not on the side.

sewing together

Secure in place with pins and sew all the way around.

seam allowance10- Press seam allowance towards top piece

Take an iron and press the seam towards the top piece. This will allow the cuff to fold nicely.

pressing11- Press cuff fold

Turn the right side to the outside and fold cuff in half. Press inner fold.

Ta- dah!  Now wasn’t that a snap.

knot beanieInstructions Top knot beanie

knot top side seams1-  Place (RST) and sew around beanie top, leaving the bottom open.

2-  Follow the same basic instruction from the basic beanie.

3-  After pressing the beanie, tie a knot in the top hat tail.

Isn’t this adorable!


bear beanieInstructions for Baby bear beanie

ear seams1-  With (RST) sew around ears and cuff side seam.

2-  Turn earns inside out and fold pleats, then pin in place.

You can baste to hold in place or just pin.

ear seams3-  Place the ears where indicated on pattern.

Take the other top piece and put it on top of the ears. (RST). Line up edges. (The ears will extend past the edge). Pin in place and sew the two sides.

4- Line up the side seams and sew the dart seam, just as with the basic beanie instructions above.

5-   Apply the cuff.

Press seam allowance.

beanie collection

These beanies make great baby gifts, or whip some up for your own little one.

Here are some other fun baby gift tutorials.

Patterns can be found in my Etsy shop.

Some other T shirt repurposing posts

Upcycling T Shirts 

Repurposing T Shirts – Cutting Out Tips

Happy sewing!

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  • BrittanyFebruary 23, 2020 - 6:35 pm

    None of the download links work. They all take my to your archived page. I then find the title Baby Beanie hats and it brings me back to the post. No download 🙁ReplyCancel

  • SusanApril 7, 2020 - 1:53 pm

    These baby beanies are adorable. They look like they are quick to sew, too. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • BethApril 24, 2020 - 11:46 am

    Hiya! I’m having issues on working out how to do the cuff, could you please give more detailed instructions! I’m quite new to this 🙂ReplyCancel

    • JanApril 24, 2020 - 8:30 pm

      Hi Beth,
      Could you be more specific on what you don’t understand or are confused about. That will help me direct you.ReplyCancel

      • NastashaJune 9, 2020 - 4:01 am

        Hi there. I am also having an issue with the cuff. So I cut one template for the cuff and not two but I don’t understand how to put it together after thatReplyCancel

        • JanJune 9, 2020 - 8:45 am

          Hi Natasha,
          The cuff is all one piece. Sew the side seam of the cuff first, and then fold it in half (wrong sides together) That will make a cuff that has a folded edge and a edge with two raw edges.
          You take the raw edges, after you have marked the half way points with pins, pin it to the cap. The cap should be WRONG SIDES FACING OUT. I know it seems counter intuitive, but it all works out.
          Does this help? Let me know if you are still needing more explaining. I’m here. Talk soon.ReplyCancel

    • JanJune 9, 2020 - 8:41 am

      Hi Beth, I am just checking in to make sure you were able to figure out the beanie cuff since I never heard back from you. Still willing to help out.Let me know what is tripping you up on the cuff process.ReplyCancel

  • AngelaMay 28, 2020 - 2:09 pm

    Hi Jan,

    So cute! What size seam allowance are you using? 5/8″ then trimming or sewing on the edge? I’m using a single needle sewing machine. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • JanMay 28, 2020 - 8:03 pm

      HI Angela,
      You use a 1/4 – 3/8 inch seam allowance. This is usually the edge of your presser foot.
      Have fun sewing,

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