This simple no-sew top knot baby turban tutorial will make your baby the cutest kid at the park.
If you saw my previous post you saw that I was making baby hats for my friend.
In addition to the previous one I shared which was the ruffle flower, I also made her a top knot turban.
This was super easy to make. And I think it looks absolutely adorable.
How to make a baby turban
Measure the baby’s head. If you don’t actually have the baby yet you can go with the average newborn head size which is 14 in circumference.
You want to cut a rectangle that is as wide as the baby circumference and the height will be the circumference minus 4 in.
So for this newborn baby hat, I did a rectangle that was 14 in wide by 10 in high.
Fold the rectangle in half width wise. Then you are going to want to round the top open corners by cutting them off with the scissors.
It does not have to be exact. We are just going for a basic semicircle at this point
Open up your fabric. You should have a flat bottom and the top should be a big curve, so you basically have a semicircle.
Taking your needle and thread run a big basting stitch around the curved edge.
Pull the thread tight to gather it and throw in a couple of stitches to hold the gather closed. This is the basic turban.
How to make a fabric top knot
Now that you have the basic part of the hat done you can add your embellishments. I made a ruffle flower one.
I also made a cute top knot one that had a big bun on it. That’s the one I’m showing you today.
It was really simple. I went to Dollar Tree, and I bought a hair donut. It’s the mesh circle for putting in your top knot to make it nice and smooth and even.
My Dollar tree only had brown and black hair donuts so I had to use a couple of layers of fabric to cover it.
If you could find one that’s for blonde hair or if you are using a darker fabric then you could probably only use one layer of fabric.
I used that as the base of my bun for this hat. I took a scrap of matching fabric and laid it over the top of the hair donut. Then I pushed the center in.
If your fabric is directional, meaning it has a pattern that goes a certain way like my heart fabric does, then you are going to want to make sure the print on the bun goes the same way as the print on the hat.
From the back side of the hair donut, I tacked the center of the fabric to the hair donut so that it would stay pushed in.
Then I carefully folded all of the edges over to the back side of the hair donut and tacked them down as I went to secure all the edges behind the bun.
Once I had the hair donut completely covered, I stitched it on to the baby hat on top of where the gather was. This hides all of the ruffling and stitching from making the hat.
Again, I left all of the edges raw on the hat. This fabric did not fray either. Most knits do not. It just depends on your fabric.
I think it turned out absolutely adorable. And I can’t wait to see it on her baby.
- Knit fabric
- Hair Donut
- 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.
- Using a large scrap of the fabric, lay it over the hair donut.
- Push the fabric through the center of the donut and stitch the fabric to the to hair donut from the back side.
- Pull the edges of the fabric tight around the donut and stitch them to the backside.
- Stitch bun to the gather of the turban.