All you need is some scraps of fleece, scissors, and a sewing machine. Okay, and about 30 minutes.
First, decide how big you want to make the hat. I made one that is size 2T-3T but my 2 year old was napping when I took the picture, so I put it on my baby (who has a larger head) but it was still big for him. Anyway, you get the idea, right?? (If you want to make it smaller than the dimensions I show, just measure your child around the largest part of their head, use that measurement instead of the one below and add a 1/2 inch on either side for the seam allowance. Then take off 1 1/2-2 inches from the height in my directions.)
The main part of the hat (blue piece) is two pieces cut at 7 inches x 10 inches. The band around the bottom (multi-colored) is two pieces cut at 3 inches x 10 inches. Then cut 7-8 sections at 5 inches x 1 1/2 inches for the pom-pom (multi-colored) at the top.
**NOTE: I allowed enough fabric for 1/2 inch seams, unless otherwise noted.
***Cut the main hat sections and the band sections with the stretch of the fabric pulling across the long way of the fabric. That way, the fabric will stretch a little while your child pulls it over their head.
Sew the pom-pom pieces together in a stack, across the 1 1/2 inch width, down the middle. Then cut the ends into four thin strips, cutting about 1/4 inch away from the seam. (Click on the picture above or below to see a larger image.) Then you’re going to take some of the pieces on one side to wrap around the middle and tie in a knot on the other side.
Then, set the pom-pom aside and sew your two main hat sections together at the sides (the 7 inch side). Then do a zig-zag or another straight stitch right next to it, to reinforce your seam. Do the same thing with the band pieces, sewing on the 3 inch end. Then, pin the right side of your band fabric to the wrong side of the main section, like this.
Then, before cutting your thread, hand stitch your pom-pom in place as well. Lastly, turn under the band a 1/4 inch and tack into place on the hat. Now slide it on the head of your little cutesy-wootsy and you’re done.