Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fish Hat Tutorial

I finally had time to put together the fish hat tutorial for you all.  I think it's a great hat and really you could probably make all kinds of different animals for hats by using this basic hat shape.  All the kids that tried the hat on loved it.  You may need to make it bigger or smaller depending on the child's head size.

1/2 yard Fleece Fabric - main color
1/4 yard Fleece Fabric - accent color
2 " strip of Velcro
Coordinating thread
Fiber fill
Google Eyes

The pattern is available through Scribd.  If you are printing in Adobe Acrobat Reader, please make sure page scaling is set to NONE in the print menu. 

Fish Hat Pattern

Lay out the fabric and cut out the pattern pieces for the hat.

Then cut out the fins, tail, lips on the accent color.

I used the main color on the fins, tail and lips too.  You just need to cut the same pieces out slightly larger than you did on the accent color.  Then you will sandwich it in between the accent color. I'm letting you know ahead of time though that it gets tough to sew through that many layers of fleece.  So you might want to use felt.

Start sewing the tail pieces together.  Do the same with the fins and lips. Stuff the tail and fins with fiber fill.

Next we will start assembling the hat.  Sew 2 of the quadrant pieces together, then sew the other 2 together.

Now place the tail and top fin on the inside with the right sides together.  Pin and sew together.

Flip the hat out and sew the lips to the front.

Sew the fins on the side.  Center middle of fins with side seam and sew.

Sew two pieces of the ear flaps together and turn right side out. Repeat for the other side.

Attach side flaps to sides of the hat.  Center the middle of the flap with the side seam of the hat and sew in place.

Sew fleece lining together.  Leave a 2" gap in the top between where the top fin and back fin are on the hat.  This will allow you to pull it through at the very end.

Pin lining to fish hat with right sides facing each other.  It will look like a ball when you are doing this step.

Sew together.

Turn inside out by pulling through the hole you left in between the tail and top fin.  Whipstich the opening closed. Tack lining to hat.

Cut a 2" piece of velcro or longer depending on size of the child's head.  Attach to flaps.

Glue on the google eyes.  I used hot glue to glue them on.  Now you're done!


  1. This is so adorable! Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. That is SO cute - I've downloaded the pattern and will give it a try - thank you so much, LOL!

  3. thanks so much for sharing your fun pattern and for taking the time to post a tutorial.

  4. This is beyond adorable a must try for my daughter !! Thank you so much very kind of you to share !!!

  5. Thank you for sharing this, it is so cute!

  6. Thanks for sharing this great little fish hat. I've linked you to a post about Simplicity 4926, a fish costume that is highly in demand and seriously unavailable.

    Perhaps searches of this pattern will find some comfort in your tutorial !

  7. This is too cute! My 3yr old loves fishing, I bet he'd get a kick out of this!! :) thanks so much for sharing!!

  8. I love it! I'm making one for my daughter!

  9. Just came across your blog today when looking for cute fleece hats to make for kids. Thanks for the great tutorial. They are so cute!

  10. The fish hats are adorable, thank you for the pattern and ideas.

  11. I must be missing something. It says i have to pay to download is this true? It is a great pattern and would love to make it. Thank you!

    1. No, you shouldn't have to pay a thing. I think you do need to have a Scribd account which is free and easy to sign up for. Once you are logged in you should have the ability to download.

    2. It appears that because its in the archive that you either have to pay or upload an original item. Which I cant do so as I dont have an original item therefore I cant download the pattern

    3. Send me your email address and I'll email you the pdf. I'm not sure why it isn't working.

    4. Send me your email address and I'll email you the pdf. I'm not sure why it isn't working.

  12. original!!!, super original!!! :) I love it!! (LOL)

  13. I love this! It is so cute!!
    I'd love to make it asap but I am also having problems downloading the file as it says that I have to pay for membership.

    Are you able to send me a pdf via email too?

  14. In order to download the pattern pages, right click on each pattern page and save. Cute pattern...thanks for sharing!!

  15. Me as well. ScribD is charging for download of this pattern, but only tell you after you've gone through the signup/login process.

  16. Are the seam allowances included in the parrern and how big are the seams? Thanks. This ia so cute.

    1. I did include seam allowances, but the fit of the hat really depends on the size of the child's head. I normally do the seam allowance at 5/8"