How to make a jersey pom pom hat for ladies, tutorial.

This was almost an abandoned project. In the icy cold weather about a year ago I had a plan to make a fleecy hat and scarf. I began working on them but didn’t really like the way they were turning out, the whole idea was about to get shelved for a rework at a later date when two of my customers fell in love with some penguin print jersey that I was selling and wanted to make fun Winter hats. We decided to try the pattern in jersey and it worked really well. When one of my customers visited again recently wearing the hat I decided it was worth carrying on with and publishing!

It doesn’t take much fabric therefore it’s perfect if you have large leftover pieces from making leggings or a top. The pattern is one size suitable for ladies. If you were making as a gift you could team up with the infinity scarf that I shared the tutorial for last week.


Medium weight cotton/elastane jersey fabric 35cm high x 70cm wide for outer

Medium weight cotton/elastane  jersey fabric 35cm high x 70cm wide for outer

Ball of yarn


Download the template here:

adult pom pom hat pattern

How to make:

You can sew this together with an overlocker if you have one. Make sure  it is threaded with 4 threads for strong seams. If you don’t have an overlocker you can sew together with a regular sewing machine set up with a medium size zig-zag stitch and a ball point or stretch needle.

Use a 1cm seam allowance to sew the hat together.

  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the outer hat together stopping at the centre of the upper curve. Do the same with the lining fabric.
  2. Prepare your pom pom. I am not generally into gadgets but one gadget I did buy was a pom pom maker, which I quite liked…however it broke! So if you don’t have a pom pom gadget you can use something quite rigid like a hardback book or piece of firm cardboard. The depth needs to be slightly larger than the overall size you would like your pom pom to be. There are no rules how big or small to make it. I went for a big pom pom, but couldn’t find a hardback book so I used this medium sized catalogue. Wrap the yarn tightly around the book, you can see what happens with a soft back catalogue… it curled up. I did manage to make this into a pom pom but it is much easier with a firmer object to wrap the yarn around.
  3. Slide the wrapped yarn off the book and tie a long length of yarn tightly around the centre.
  4. Leave a good length of the yarn you tied the centre with hanging so you can secure this to the hat. Cut the upper and lower looped edges.
  5. Give the pom pom a trim to shape it into a nice ball.
  6. Bring the two edges together where the stitching has ended pulling the ‘V’ shape out into a straight line. Where the seams meet on the outer hat insert the pom pom, so the pom pom sits against the right side of the hat. Pull the length of yarn that is tied around the centre through the gap. With the seams matched and the pom pom as close to the seam as you can get, machine stitch the pom pom several times to hold in place. Once this is secured stitch the whole seam closed. Repeat on the lining omitting the pom pom.
  7. With right sides together and seams matched pin the two hats together at the lower edge. Stitch leaving a small gap for turning through.
  8. Turn through, press the lower edge creating a neat line over the opening.
  9. Discreetly stitch the outer and lining together at the centre where the pom pom is stitched in.
  10. Slip stitch the gap closed to complete.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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