Friday, December 17, 2010

A Santa Hat Tutorial for Festive Occasions

Have you ever found yourself in need of a bright pink Santa Hat, but despite searching every Target, Hobby Lobby and--well those were the only stores you hit before giving up--were unable to find such a hat? It’s a sad sad day when that happens, but worry not, because Cordelia and I are here to show you how to make your very own bright pink (or any colored) Santa Hat that is so fabulous even all the elves will be envious of your cool threads.
Lets get started. First you will need to gather up a few things.

Les Ingredients:

About ½ yd pink fleece

¼ yd white fleece or felt—the glitterier the better.

Some paper

A ruler


Basic sewing supplies.

Start by drafting a pattern.

First use your ruler to draw a straight line down the center of your paper.

At the bottom of the paper drew a line perpendicular to the first.

Now measure the circumference of your head. Mine was 24”. Divide that measurement in half so I get 12”. Now divide the half measurement in half again so I get 6”.
Now from where your two lines intersect, measure over your final measurement (6” in my case) on the second line. Mark. Add ¼” for seam allowance.

Now determine how long you want your hat to be. I made mine 16” but if I were to do it again I would go a little longer, maybe 18” or 20”.

From the intersecting lines, measure up this distance on the first line you drew and mark.

Now use your ruler to connect these two points. You should end up with a right triangle with the Hypotenuses being the line you just drew. (Are you reading this Mr. Emeny? See I actually use something from your class in real life!)

Fold the paper in half along the vertical line.

Cut out so you end up with a triangular pattern.

Use this pattern to cut out 2 triangles of the pink fleece.

To cut the band, cut a 4” wide strip of the felt.

If you wish cut triangles into the felt for a festive detail.

Now you are ready to sew! Place the right sides of the hat together and sew the long sides with a ¼” seam.

Determine how long you need your hat band to be by measuring it around the hat opening and cut it down to the right length. Fold it in half with the right sides together and sew the short ends together. I would like to tell you I carefully measured my triangles and got them to match up on purpose, but really this was a happy accident. If your triangles don’t match up at the seam just trim the larger one down a bit.

Place the right side of the band to the wrong side of the hat.

Pin in place.

Sew around the hat opening.

Turn the hat right side out.

Flip the band out.

To make the pompom I cut a bunch of strips of the felt about 3/8” wide and 3” long.

I gathered them up in a bundle and tied them together with thread. Be sure to leave a tail of thread!

Puff up your strips to look more pompom-esques.

Thread a needle onto the tail and use this to sew the pompom onto the tip of the hat...

 Beautiful Santa Hat guaranteed to make you the envy of the office Christmas party.

Go Make one, it’s fun and then you too can look as festive as Cordelia!

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