Simple ruffled flower baby turban tutorial to make your baby the cutest. This baby hat is sewn by hand, no sewing machine required.
I have a friend who is having her first girl this summer. I thought it would be fun to make her some cute baby hats. You know, since I have boys and never get to make cute girl stuff.
I love how the little turbans look on baby heads. Plus if they have a huge accessory it’s even better. Bigger is better with baby accessories, in my opinion.
So I decided to take this opportunity to make some cute baby hats. I bought my fabric at Hobby Lobby, but you can use any knit fabric.
Today I am going to show you how to make a baby turban with a big ruffled flower.
Before we get too far into this let’s talk supplies.
How to make a baby turban
In order to make a baby turban, any size really, you just need to know one measurement. The circumference of the head.
Since she hasn’t had the baby yet I just went with the average newborn baby head size.
For newborn babies, the average head circumference is 14 inches. If you can measure the baby’s head great. And if you are just guessing because you’re making it for an unborn baby, or as a gift, you can go with average sizes.
You can scale this hat to any size by subtracting 4 inches from whatever your circumference is. So for my hat for a newborn baby, the circumference is 14 in so I want my rectangle of fabric to be 14 inches wide by 10 inches tall from my knit fabric.
Fold the rectangle in half width-wise, so that it is 7 inches wide and 10 inches tall. Then you’re going to cut a curve on the top open corners, not the fold. It doesn’t have to be exact, just rounded.
When you open it back up you will then have a semicircle of fabric. Using a needle and thread, or a sewing machine, run a basting stitch all the way around the curved edge of the fabric. A basting stitch is a larger sized stitch.
Once you have a basting stitch all the way around you’re going to pull it nice and tight, so that both sides of the semicircle connect. Then stitch it closed. This is the base of a baby turban.
You can add whatever you want to the hat to cover up the gathered fabric. You could do a big flower. You could do a bow. You could do a bun. There are lots of different options.
In my opinion, bigger is better. I think babies look adorable with giant head accessories.
How to make a large ruffle flower
For this hat, I did a ruffle flower. I took a scrap piece of fabric and cut 3 strips that were 14 inches long and 3 inches wide. I ran a basting stitch along the bottom of all three pieces, making sure that I kept the right side up on all the pieces. You could also do a piece that is 3 inches high
Pull it into a tight ruffle.
Then I rolled the ruffle up and stitched the roll in place. Once I had my ruffle flower I hand tacked it down to the hat on top of the gather of the turban.
I left the edges all raw. It does not unravel too much and let’s be honest the baby isn’t going to move that much.
I think it turned out absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to see pictures of it on her tiny little head.
- Knit fabric (any fabric with a four-way stretch)
- Tape Measure
- Measure baby's head.
- Cut a rectangle where width is the circumference and the hight is the circumference minus 4 inches.
- Fold rectangle in half widthwise and cut the top open corners to create a semicircle of fabric.
- Using a needle and thread run a basting stitch around the curved edge of the hat.
- Pull tight and stitch the gather closed.
- Cut a 3" wide strip the width of fabric, about 40".
- Run a basting stitch along one of the long sides of the strip.
- Pull to gather the ruffle.
- Roll ruffle into a flower. Stitch closed.
- Stitch the flower to the gather on the baby turban.