Stockinette Hats

Inspired originally by the beautiful no-sew hats used by Utah SHARE, many bereavement organizations have been making these wonderful treasures for angel families around the world, including us! We are pleased to release a tutorial on our website.

Please read this entire page before embarking on a hat-making project!
These little stockinette hats are cute, easy, and quick to make for volunteers of all ages! They lack seams that can damage fragile skin and stretch to accommodate varying head sizes, making it very easy for hospital staff to dress these special angel babies. We donate 2 hats per family so that one may stay with the baby and the other may be kept by the family in a memory box.  Simple pastel ribbons and white ribbons are preferred.

Stockinette tubing, in desired size,
narrow ribbon,
small, clear hair elastics (optional)
measure tape/ruler

First cut your stockinette to the required length (See below).* If cut too short, the hats will be unusable. Please make sure to cut accurately.*

*Cutting guideline for different sizes: 

2” width- cut 8” this size will fit 14-17 week babies (small mini-blankets)

3" width - cut 11" and will fit 17 - 23 week babies (for small Teeny Tears diapers, layettes and large mini-blanket sets)

4" width - cut 16" and will fit 24 - 32 week babies (matches large Teeny Tears diapers and layettes.)

Fold cut stockinette piece in half, insert thumb into one side of folded stockinette, hold other side with other fingers.

With opposite hand grab folded edge where thumb is placed and pull it over to the opposite side where other fingers are. Fold Like you are folding a pair of socks. Pull raw edges together and even out.

You should have a raw edge and one that is finished off like pictured to the right.

Next turn hat upright and gather the fabric at the top of hat. Secure with clear small hair elastic.  Please do not use colored elastics or loom bands.  (Alternatively, you can use a clothespin to hold the fabric together before ribboning instead of using clear elastics!)  

Cut ribbon, at an angle to prevent fraying.  6 inches is a great RIBBON length for the medium and large hats.  6 inches is a great RIBBON length to create the smallest hats initially, but the ribbon will need to be trimmed down after tying to be more size-appropriate.  But we still recommend initially using 6 inch ribbon because they are easier to tie.

Add your ribbon to the top of the hats and fold up the brim. Tie the ribbon in a square knot.  Be sure to trim the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying. We do not accept hats with any additional embellishments at our headquarters and strongly recommend against using embellishments.

***Please remember to donate 2 identically matching hats per family so that one may stay with the baby and the other may be kept by the family in a memory box. 

All done!  So cute!
You can download a printable tutorial for events by clicking this link.

Ordering information for stockinette  

Cotton is beige.  Synthetic is white.  Most prefer the synthetic/white stockinette!!

Claflin is the best source we have for orders over $100. We've arranged a discount with them for Teeny Tears volunteers, their price per box with this discount is the best we have. For bulk orders, please contact for ordering assistance and special pricing.  (When ordering in bulk quantity, it is recommended to make your order at least one month before your event.)

Med Office Direct 

4MD Medical

ProMed offers a discount for Teeny Tears Volunteers on all stockinette with no minimum purchase. Orders can be placed via email or over the phone. Their customer service is excellent. They offer white, beige, pink or blue stockinette in lengths of 25 yards or 50 yards. They charge shipping based on weight and distance and only charge you what it will cost them to ship it to you. Email for ProMed's price list and contact information.