Hat Tutorial

Here are the instructions/a small tutorial for the hat pattern I posted about here. The link to download it again if you need to is here.

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Blurry picture, but this is what all the pieces should look like when they’re cut out.

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We’re going to start with the ears.

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Face the main and lining fabrics right sides together and sew with a 3/8″ seam.

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Fold the ear together along the cut out V.

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Pin them to each side of the hat roughly 2″ from, and facing, the brim.

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Pin the rectangle to one side of the hat with the right sides together. And then to the other side of the hat.

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Do the same thing, separately, with your lining pieces.

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Once everything is sewn up, insert the main hat into the lining with the right sides together. This is also when you’ll insert the ties. I used ric-rac but any ribbon or string will do.

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The bulk of the ties will be inside the hat with just an inch or so sticking out to get held in by the seam.

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Sew around the perimeter leaving a hole to turn it right side out. You can then hand stitch the opening or just top stitch over the whole thing the machine. Top stitching would also help to hold the lining in better but I haven’t done it in these pictures.

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That’s it!

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Hat Pattern

The hat pattern I promised! For free! You can download a copy for yourself here (for personal use only please).

bear hat pattern

I don’t really know what I’m doing disclaimers: the ear pattern piece hasn’t been tested. I didn’t actually make a pattern for that part the first time around so this is just an approximation of what I did. Also, the 12-18 month size is probably pretty generous and I would imagine it will still fit at 2 years old. I was hoping to make another hat and take pictures along the way to show you the construction but our weekend was a lot busier than expected. I’m still planning to do it I just don’t know when…

The rectangle inside the hat pattern is obviously not to scale, you’ll have to measure it out on your fabric but those are the dimensions you’ll need. With your pieces cut out you’ll have one hat side on the left, the rectangular piece, and another hat side on the right. Kind of like this:

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You’ll make that with both the main and lining fabrics then sew them together, inside out, leaving a hole to turn it through at the end. The ears are inserted in those side seams of the main hat pieces although you could also leave them out entirely.

I would love to hear from you if you end up making this and would be happy to answer any questions that might come up from my less than stellar instructions!