March 9, 2012

"Paper" Hat Tutorial

I’ve got a brand spankin’ new tutorial for you guys today! It’s a reusable "paper" hat for kids made out of some fabric, interfacing, and safety pins or thread.

Since I don’t have any kids yet, Whiskers served as my model because he has a giant head the size of a small child’s, so it worked out pretty well. Ray was standing in the background laughing at me as I was trying to take this picture, because it took about 15 tries. Ray disagrees, but I actually think Whiskers enjoyed it because he saw it as a fun game. I think his inner monologue went a little something like this…Okay, she puts the hat on me, I sit here guardedly still for about 2-3 seconds, and then I flip out and buck around the sofa like a bronco. Delightful!

"Paper" Hat Tutorial

I'm really excited about this pattern because it's very kid friendly, and you can involve them in the process as much as you want! You can have them help you with the cutting, ironing and sewing (because it's really easy), or you can bring them in later at the folding part. Here's what you'll need...
  • Two 13.25" x 17" pieces of fabric
  • Two 13.25" x 17" pieces of fusible interfacing (I used Pellon 931TD)
  • Coordinating thread
  • 4 safety pins, or thick thread (depends on how you want to secure the ends)
I don't have pictures of the first few steps, because they're so easy I didn't really think it was necessary. Alright, so the first step is to fuse the interfacing to the back of each of your pieces of fabric. Then you'll put the two pieces of interfaced fabric right sides together, and sew a 1/4" seam around all four sides, leaving a small 3" opening. Clip the corners and turn the fabric right side out. Fold in the raw edges of your opening, and topstitch around the entire rectangle. When you're done, you should have a panel that measures 12.75" x 16.5" and looks like this...


If you didn't have your kids help you with the sewing, here's where you can bring them in on the project. Take your rectangle, and fold it in half along the long edge (will be 8.25" x 12.75" once folded).


Fold down one of the corners, leaving about an inch and a half at the bottom.


Repeat for the other corner.


On both the front and the back, fold up that 1.5" flap you left at the bottom.


Now, you have two options for securing the flaps and finishing the hat. You can take the quick and dirty route and safety pin them in place... OR you can teach your kids a little bit about hand sewing, and have them secure the four corners with a stitch or two using some embroidery thread or regular hand-sewing thread. It really depends on how old your kids are, and how much time you want to spend on the project :)


So there you have it! These come together really quickly, and I'm actually whipping up about a dozen of them for a friend to use as favors at her daughter's birthday party next weekend.  I'm sewing up the rectangles for her, and she's going to have "craft time" during the party and show the kids how to fold and pin their own hats to take home - FUN!


Dude. I'm totally making one for my birthday! Hehehee. Rad tute Kaelin!

Now that's a blast from the past! We made these from newspapers when I was a child of the 60's! It looks great in fabric!

So cute! Seriously, Whiskers kills me. Very fun idea, K!

awesome! my kids will love this!

Poor, put-upon Whiskers. He looks quite morose in your photo. Jaunty, but morose.

Lol, so much fun, poor dug ;o)

What a cool tute, Kaelin! I like that this reminds me of the traditional kabuto hat for boys on Children's day in Japan (May 5th). I want to make this for my friend's little boy!

What an awesome idea! I'm gonna have to do this for all the kids at Christmas! :-)

With these fabric measurements, what size head will the finished hat fit? Is this child size or do you have an approximate head circumference size? Thank you! :)

Hi! Do you have any tips on how to increase the size? I want some child and adult ones for Halloween :) Thanks!

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