Upcycled Onesies to Knit Baseball Caps…

I simply cannot believe that my little guy is already out of his newborn onesies!! Seriously?!! He was just born, I have a pile of these NB clothes in a drawer, and I already have to move onto the 0-3 month set.

I simply loved some of the images on these knits so much, that I needed to figure something out to make them go the extra mile – knowing that both my husband and I fully agree that this is our last child. What’s a crafty Momma to do?

Well, with a little prompting from my blog friends requesting to see more Benjamin photos…I thought it was just about time to give my sewing hands a shot at something for the BOY! Yeah! And so it begins :)

(look away if you hate blogs that have too many photos of their kids posted, because here comes some new momma baby love)

Awwww – look at that sweet thing posing so nicely for the camera…

Look ma, I can do hoodlum too…

Awww shucks, you shouldn’t have…

Go on…

Look ma, I can make spit bubbles…

Okay, okay, close up of just the hat…lol

Seriously now, lol, the hat is super easy to make – and I was so thrilled to be doing something with all of those onesies! The perfect gift for all of those little baby boys being born…

To make the Baby Knit Baseball Cap, you will need the pattern found HERE. As well as some knit fabric, and some heavier weight interfacing.

It should fit babies 0-6 months (maybe larger if you lessen the seam allowance). I used a rather large 1″ seam allowance for sewing this project – don’t know why, just seemed to work out that way. It fits Benjamin great and there is definitely room to grow!

To make simply…

1. Cut out all pattern pieces, as well as the interfacing
2. Cut (1) 17″L x 1″W piece of scrap knit fabric to use as bias tape
3. Interface wrong sides of bill pattern pieces
4. With right sides together, pin the outer edge of the bill pattern pieces together and sew

5. Trim seam allowance as close to stitching as possible
6. Turn bill right side out and Press. Edge stitch
7. Put the main hat pieces right sides together and pin outside edge
8. Sew using a zig zag stitch for extra stretch (but not necessary on this hat is you want to just use a plain old straight stitch that is fine as well). You don’t see it in the pic, but I used a straight stitch after this just to secure better.

9. Fold hat in half the opposite way, still right sides together, matching the seams in the middle. Stitch 2″ across the very top, just below the dome. This step isn’t necessary – but it does help the hat fit nicer on the top of the head.
10. Turn your hat right side out. Take your bill and line it up on the front center of the hat. Pin the raw edges together, arcing the hat around the raw edge of the bill. Baste stitch together as close to the edge, disregarding seam allowance. (Blurry pic – sorry about that!)
11. Now, taking your knit bias tape, with right sides together, match the raw edge all around the hat’s opening. Pin in place, and sew using a zig zag stitch. Disregard seam allowance here as well, just sew as close to edge as possible.
12. You should now have this. We will be pushing the bias tape to the inside of the hat.

13. Turning the hat wrong side out, fold under the knit bias tape enclosing any raw edges and pin around the inside brim.
14. Sew a straight line around the bill of the hat, and switch to zig zag stitch when sewing the bias tape on the rest of the hat. And voila, you are done!

I didn’t bother trying to cover up the seams on the inside of the hat – considering they are knit and wont fray.

And now my baby’s precious little head will be protected in style from all those Summer rays :).


Update on Momma, baby and family?

We are all doing great! Sure things can get a bit chaotic here at times, but that is life with three kids…lol. I think I was mentally preparing for the worst (think WW3) when Benjamin came home, and have been pleasantly surprised with the reality! Now that he has been around for 3+ weeks, the ‘newness’ of him has worn off for the girls – which was the toughest part. For a while there I couldn’t even walk into the room with him without having them try to jump all over him in their eagerness to show him love. But they have become more familiar with him now, and just love him to bits, learning how to do it more gently in the process.

Madeline, our 2 year old, has had some adjustments. Wanting her pacifier and lovey again more than just at bedtime. And she will still just climb into my lap regardless of whether or not Benjamin is there, she will just sit on top of him…lol. And Chloe, our almost 5 year old, is my little helper. She just looooooves it when I ask her to ‘watch’ him for Mommy, the feeling of responsibility and showing Mommy that I can trust her with such a task. We have also been doing a lot of special things with Chloe – taking just her to places that the other kids are too young to do. She is loving it. In fact, at this very moment she is in NY on her very own trip with Grandma all by herself! I am missing her terribly..she is becoming such a big girl already! I cannot believe it :(.

And Benjamin, well, he is a newbown. And a pretty good one at that. I have had one non-sleeper, and one amazing sleeper, and I would say Benjamin is right there in between. He sleeps at night, but is up every 1.5 – 2 hours, I am desperately hoping this starts to increase so I can get some REM cycles in…lol. But the more important thing is that he does indeed go back to sleep! Yeah! He is a content baby, smiles all the time (he’s got lots of gas…lol), and spits up like you wouldn’t believe – I should have bought stock in burp cloths! Lol. Went to the Doc recently, and Benjamin seems to be measuring up just great – yeah!

Momma and Daddy are doing great too, back into the swing of things. I have ventured out numerous times with all three kids in tow by myself now, all with no major meltdowns or other occurrences. We even had our first backyard potluck BBQ the other night with some of Chloe’s preschool friends, trying to continue to give our kids playdates while making friends with their parents in the process. We had a blast and will definitely do it again!

All in all, we are getting back to normal – or at least learning what our new ‘normal’ is. We are all in love with our newest family member, and we feel very blessed.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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  1. says

    SUPER adorable baby and cute hat! I’m expecting my little boy in 3 weeks (yikes) and was just looking at all the cute newborn clothes last night and being sad that he’d wear them for such a short time!

    (and I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old, so your description of how life is going is very encouraging!)

  2. says

    Ok…first off, Benjamin is to precious, that little faces just melts my heart. It makes me miss that age :) Next, your hats came out awesome!! What a great way to upcycle the onsies. You are so clever. Still not understanding how you are finding the time with 3 kids to still be so creative. And lastly, go glad to hear that everyone is adjusting well and that things are getting back to the new ‘normal.’ Stay well :)

  3. says

    Super cute hat! Lots of gas and spitting up could be intolerance to dairy in your diet. He might sleep longer without gas. But it takes a couple weeks to get it out of your system.

  4. says

    Oh he is SO cute!! Oh those little fingers!!

    Glad to hear you’re all adjusting well! I’m impressed you threw a bbq!!

    My daughter was really gassy and wouldn’t sleep b/c of it. I limited my dairy, which actually didn’t help. We gave her gas drops, which might’ve helped a little. I think she just needed to grow out of it.

  5. says

    These are absolutely adorable! I think my son had the striped orange and gray outfit! It is fun to see them made into hats! I need another baby boy so I can make some! :) Cute baby by the way…and I loved all of your captions. :) I am your newest follower!

  6. says

    Wow! The hats are so impressive! Your baby is so cute! We had our 3rd 8 months ago (still can’t believe it’s been that long)! We have the opposites of you, 2 boys (4 and 2) and our baby girl. I think 3 has been easier than 2 almost! It definitely hasn’t been as hard as I thought it was going to be! lol You’re doing amazingly well with your third and still making crafts!

  7. says

    Awwww – I’m sure the hat is lovely, but I was completely distracted by that gorgeous baby!! It’s good to hear your update Jessica, though I hope you manage to get a bit more sleep soon….

  8. says

    Thanks for the tutorial for the hats. I have been looking to get one for my 3 week old, but didn’t want to spend major bucks on a hat for his little head. So this just made my day to see this tutorial.
    And I love your description of life. I have two girls, and they are the same ages as your girls. And it is spot on about how they help, or don’t help. :) So glad it isn’t just my kids.

  9. says

    Oh Goodness, what a handsome little boy! He is so cute! The hats look fantastic and are a great way to recycle his little clothes so he’s still getting use from them – very clever.

  10. says

    I am visiting via Someday Crafts. This is an absolutely adorable project!

    If you have written a post about a great restaurant, store or perhaps taken a fun trip I am now hosting a new linky party entitled Wayfaring Wednesdays. Come on by!

    Happy Wednesday!

  11. says

    such a cute hat! cant wait to try one. just one question, does the pattern have the 1″ seam allowance included or do i have to make it bigger?
    thanks :)
    ps: sorry if you have already answered this question!

  12. says

    i just finished making one of these. everything turned out great except by the time the bias was finished, the bottom of the hat looks quite stretched and doesnt fit snuggly. any suggestions?
    thanks :)

  13. says

    The baby and the hat are so, so cute! Thank you!
    I was wondering if somebody has the idea what to do with piles and piles of burp-cloths and receiving blankets?! I still keep them and my baby is 5T! LOL!

    • says

      Thanks Irisha! I took all of my receiving blankets and made a GIANT fabric basket out of them for my daughter, which I love! Something we can use forever and stays in great shape. I used the fabric coil method, and it worked great!


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