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Animals on the Edge Hats

 

Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
Animals on the Edge designs are cuter than ever, smiling from a fleece hat! Choose your little one's favorite critter and create a hat sure to keep them cozy and warm this winter.

We stitched the design and made the hat so that the animal peeks from the brim. A fleece tassel on top adds extra color and charm.

Read below for these free project instructions!
 

Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat


Supplies Needed:

**1/2 yard fleece
  (for brim/inner lining)


**
1/2 yard fleece
  (for outer shell)

**Medium weight cutaway
  stabilizer

**Water soluble stabilizer
  - for topping (we prefer
  Sulky Solvy or Sulky
  Super Solvy)
 
Supplies Continued:

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil (for marking and placement)

**Needle and thread for some hand sewing
 


Designs Used:

I used the small size of the Peeking Penguin design from the Animals on the Edge design pack for the fleece hat. The applique version of the Animals on the Edge designs will work great too!
 

 


Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 

To begin, I will prepare the fabric for the embroidered cuff/inner lining piece. Lay the fleece out in front of you and stretch it in both directions (top to bottom and side to side). The direction with the most stretch will be used for the width of the fabric piece. This will allow the hat to stretch and give a better fit.



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
Using the sizing information below, position the fabric with the most stretch along the width (side to side) and cut the fabric using your desired dimensions. I made a child sized hat (3 years and up) so I cut my fabric to 21" wide by 12 1/2" high.

Infant (0-12 mos)
16 1/2" wide x 10" high

Toddler (12-36 mos)
18 1/2" wide x 11 1/4" high

Child (3 years and up)
20 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" high

Teen/Adult
23 1/2" wide x 14 1/4" high
 

Using an air erase pen, measure and mark 5" down along each side starting at the top corners. Draw a line connecting the marks and measure and mark the center of the line by measuring and dividing by two.
 



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 

Create a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. See these handy instructions for more information about making and using templates.

I trimmed the template by cutting right along the bottom edge of the design, and around the side and top edges, leaving about 1/2" of excess around the side and top edges of the design.

Position the template with the bottom edge aligned with the line and the bottom center axis point aligned with the mark on the line. Poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Also, mark the side and top axis points.
 



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 

Remove the template. Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top.

I am embroidering on a textured fleece, so I also added one layer of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fleece. Adding the topping will help prevent the stitches from sinking too far into the fabric (when embroidering on textured or high pile fleece). If you are embroidering on fleece with a smooth surface (low pile), topping is not necessary.
 

For more information on embroidering on fleece, click here. Hoop all the layers together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.
 



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
When the design has finished, carefully trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery and also tear away the excess topping. If any small bits of the topping remain you can use a tweezers to remove them or wet your fingertips with water and gently brush them away.

I am embroidering the stitch-filled Peeking Penguin design. You can also embroider the applique version of these designs if you prefer. Click here for instructions.


Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
Now it is time to assemble the cap! Fold the fabric together, right sides together, with the short side ends aligned. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only.


Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
To prepare the outer shell fabric piece, cut another piece of fleece to the same dimensions you used to cut the cuff/inner lining (I cut mine to 21" wide by 12 1/2" high.)

Fold the fabric together, right sides together, with the short side ends aligned. Pin in place and sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only. Turn the outer shell right side out and insert it inside the inner lining, right sides together, with the seams and raw ends aligned.
 

Pin in place along the raw edge closest to the embroidery (what will become the bottom edge of the cap). Sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge leaving about 3" open along the back for turning.
 



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
Keeping the right sides together, turn the fabric so the outer shell is facing out. Bring the seam side together with the opposite side and tack in place with a couple of hand-sewn stitches. Also, bring each side edge in to meet and tack in place.


Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
Lay each fold flat and measure down about 1 1/2" starting at the top corner. Draw a line from the mark to the tacked stitches. Trim the fabric leaving about 1/4" of excess fabric to the outside of the line.


Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
Cut and remove all of the tacked stitches and pull the cuff/inner lining out from inside the outer shell.

Realign the fabric at each end (the end of the cuff/inner lining and the outer shell separately), right sides together, and tack it in place with a couple hand-sewn stitches (as you did earlier).

Align each fold together, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the top of each fold.


Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
Turn the hat right side out through the opening at the bottom of the hat and insert the cuff/inner lining inside the outer shell.

Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and sew a 1/4" seam along the entire bottom edge of the hat.

Turn the cuff up so that the bottom edge of the design is flush with the bottom fold of the cuff. To keep the design "on the edge" you can hand sew a couple of stitches through the bottom fold of the cuff along each side of the design (at the bottom of the design).
 



Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat
 
To create the tassel, cut a total of 20 pieces of fleece to 1/2" wide by 4" long (I cut from two different colors of fleece - 10 pieces each). Lay the pieces together in a pile, wrap thread around them in the center, and tie the thread tight with a knot. Hand sew the tassel in place at the top center of the cap.

Free project instructions to make an animals on the edge hat

You're finished and ready to stay warm in style this winter.

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Products used in this Project:

Peeking Sock Monkey (Girl) $3.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.50" x 5.00" | 6.84" x 4.03" | 3.86" x 2.27"

Peeking Sock Monkey (Boy) $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.50" x 5.09" | 6.84" x 4.10" | 3.86" x 2.31"

Peeking Cat $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

7.03" x 5.86" | 5.84" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.21"

Peeking Cat (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.70" x 5.88" | 5.58" x 4.89" | 3.88" x 3.40"

Peeking Dog $3.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.26" x 5.86" | 6.85" x 4.34" | 3.85" x 2.44"

Peeking Dog (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.05" x 5.88" | 6.90" x 4.48" | 3.88" x 2.53"

Peeking Monkey $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.41" x 4.58" | 6.86" x 3.34" | 3.86" x 1.88"

Peeking Monkey (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.43" x 5.04" | 6.84" x 3.66" | 3.88" x 2.08"

Peeking Skunk $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.51" x 5.03" | 6.87" x 4.06" | 3.86" x 2.28"

Peeking Skunk (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.99" | 6.88" x 4.03" | 3.90" x 2.28"