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Free Sewing Pattern To Make A Tiny Beanie

Let’s make a tiny beanie with a free sewing pattern as a keepsake for parents who experienced a pregnancy loss.

Before writing this post, I did some reseach to learn more about miscarriage statistics and terminology related to pregnancy loss.

I wanted to be as respectful and informed as possible because this is a very important topic.

But what I found sometimes left me more confused than informed.

In fact, there were even some contradictions when comparing what are typically reliable resources on a national and international level.

So, I decided to default to the March of Dimes for my information since part of their mission is to “… end preventable preterm birth and infant death.”

And March of Dimes explains miscarriage like this:

Miscarriage (also called early pregnancy loss) is when there is pregnancy loss before 20 weeks. For women who know they’re pregnant, about 10 to 20 in 100 pregnancies (10 to 20 percent) end in miscarriage. Most miscarriages – 8 out of 10 (80 percent) – happen in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. Miscarriage in the second trimester (between 13 and 19 weeks) happens in 1 to 5 in 100 (1 to 5 percent) pregnancies. Pregnancy loss that happens after 20 weeks is called stillbirth.

March of Dimes

Since this is a deeply emotional experience for many people, it is sometimes hard to know how to be supportive .

There are organizations like Evan’s Box, for example, that provide crocheted hats and wraps at participating hospitals.

But how might we support people we know personally who’ve experienced pregnancy loss?

Tiny keepsake beanie pin.

Create A Teeny Beanie As A Keepsake

Create to Donate already offers a bunch of beanie patterns you can make and donate or gift to someone.

The easy DIY fleece beanie pattern is perfect for foster care organizations and family shelters, for example.

Black and orange reversible fleece hat made with free pattern.

There are also cancer support charities that would welcome chemo caps made from any one of these free crochet patterns.

For NICU babies, there are also all kinds of crochet hat patterns for preemies.

Crochet hats for preemies using a free pattern.

DIY patterns for handmade keepsakes that support parents who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, however, aren’t something I have addressed.

So the logical thing, for me at least, was to build on something that is already a typical handmade gift for a baby (fulltern or preemie).

And a small hat or beanie is the first thing that comes to mind for most people, right?

The default medium for hats is yarn, though.

And, I am not someone who crochets and don’t plan on picking it up soon.

Now, I do know how to knit.

I have even made hats for children and adults before, but I’m not a fan of following a pattern and counting/marking stitches.

A simple sewing pattern, however? That I can do.

How To Sew A Tiny Beanie

Sewing a tiny beanie is a project that takes less than 15 minutes. That even includes grabbing the materials and getting them prepped.

Create To Donate’s tiny beanie pattern comes in three sizes.

And truth be told, you don’t really even to cut out my pattern if you’ve worked a lot with patterns already.

To start, I took a 3″ x 3″ piece of paper, folded it in half, and then cut a small curve on a top edge.

I did the same for 2.5″ x 2.5″ and 2″ x 2″.

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN

To use the pattern, I folded the fabric over, then placed one long edge on the fold then, cut the curve and the other edge.

Once the fabric was 4″ x 2″, I didn’t even need the pattern and would freehand cutting the curve after sewing the edge that becomes the side seam.

I have still provided detailed instructions below for those who prefer to follow step-by-step instructions or who are new to sewing these kinds of handmade items with these materials.

For the embellishment, you can either design something using a tool like Canva or Illustrator, or try one of these graphics from Creative Fabrica (affiliate link).

I found a heart with angel wings and a halo that felt like a good fit for a variety of people that I will use.

Another idea would be commemorating the child’s birthday and name with some angel wings.

How To Sew A Tiny Beanie With A Free Pattern

Finished tiny keepsake beanie embellished with a heart with angel wings and a halo.

Make a tiny beanie with an embellishment as a keepsake to gift to parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Materials

Tools

  • Rotary cutter and mat or scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Criciut Mini Press

Instructions

  1. Download Create To Donate's Tiny Beanie Pattern and cut out the pattern size you want to use.
  2. Cut off a sleeve of a large t-shirt.
  3. Place the edge of the pattern on the fold of the sleeve with the bottom edge along the hem of the sleeve.
  4. Cut the hat to size.
  5. Place the wrong sides of the fabric together and sew along the open edges using a zigzag stitch.
  6. Turn the hat right sides out.
  7. Iron on the embellishment.

Notes

  • You can aso use jersey knit fabric but will need to hem the edge of the hat as part of your process. Part of the beauty of using a t-shirt sleeve is that it is alredy nicely finished.

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