Last week I mentioned that my daughter needed a bunch of things for her new preschool. Well, one of the required items was a hat. This country has weird rules. But as we’re often yelled at by other moms at the playground for not wearing hats, it wasn’t totally unexpected. I’d never made a real hat before, so I decided to give it a go. After a few hours, 1 hat, and many lessons learned, I decided to make her a second hat. This is a tutorial for my 2nd version :)
Now, you could make a super simple hat by cutting a rectangle, sewing it into a tube, and slapping a circle on top, but that would give you a shape that looks like the mayor from Monopoly. To make a nicely fitted cap, it’s necessary to cut an angled strip, more like a quarter circle, and to use an oval for the top. (unless you’re a fictional Parker Brothers character.)
First, find the circumference of the top of your hat. To do that, multiply your Ax.85 measurement (9.15) by 2. For me, that’s 18.3. Now subtract the 1″ that was added for seam allowances (because you’ll be sewing the top of the hat to the band after the band is sewn into a circle, you with me? No? Well, do it anyway.) Now you’ll have your circumference measurement (for me, 17.3)
Use that measurement to find your diameter (D = C/? , and ? ? 3.1415, just fyi)
My diameter is 5.5.
You could use that measurement to draw a circle, but since we want a slight oval, you’ll need to alter it a bit. I simply added .5″ to the height and subtracted it from the width. So my final oval shape had a height of 6″ and a width of 5″.
Take your oval height and width measurements and add an inch to both for seam allowances (7″ x 6″)
Now divide each of those measurements by 2 (3.5″ x 3″)
Now get your paper, ruler, and pencil again. Draw a vertical line equal to your higher number from above (3.5″ for me) and, making an “L” shape, draw a second line equal to your lower number (3″)
Now connect the ends of the two lines using a curve to form a quarter oval. A visual using my measurements:
Whew! You’re done with the boring and tedious part. Now set aside your new pattern pieces and go take a nap and meet me back here tomorrow for Part 2!