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« on: August 03, 2004 10:42:56 PM »

I finished my first hat today! It's nice and big for my huge head (a large head with big hair makes hat-buying headache inducing! Also, we're leaving for a road trip soon and it would be nice to have something to shield my eyes from the blinding sun!) I tried to make a pattern off of a travel hat, but that proved too difficult for me.  So I made a pattern up myself and after 2 prototypes and 2 trips to the fabric store I was satisfied. (Did you know canvas doesn't wash well? I know that NOW.)

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2004 11:42:38 PM »

thats so cute!   how did you make it?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2004 11:05:03 AM »

Here are the basics to make the hat (I'm leaving soon so I must get back to packing!)  I used 1/2 yard of twill fabric (bottom weight denim-like), 1/2 yard of lining fabric, and a 1/2 yard of stiff interfacing.

1. Figure out how big you want your hat - measure around the crown of your head and add a little for ease if desired.
2. Take 1/2 that measurement and trace a half moon shape on a piece of paper using a compass (or a string tied to a pencil).  Add in seam allowance below half moon shape (I used 1/4").
3. Measure out the width of your brim and include seam allowance - I did 3 1/4" (includes 1/4" seam allowance). Make a larger half moon shape that is 3 1/4" away from the original half moon.
4. To make the crown part (I am not sure it that is the correct terminology...but it'll have to do) take you original crown measurement and divide it into 4.  Add 1/2" (for 1/4" seam allowance) and draw that as a striaght line - then bump the center of the line up 1/4" and round out to the edges (to make a slightly curved line).  Then, depending on how high you want your hat (I did 3 1/2" inches - which includes 1/4" seam allowance) - draw your lines based on this amount.  Measure along the inside of your half moon and use this measurement to figure out the top of the crown part (allow for seam allowance).  Do the same thing where you bump up the center 1/4" to round out the line.
5. Cutt out your pattern pieces (there should be 2) and lay them on the fabric.  Place the half moon on the fold and cut 1 (the inner circle of the moon is the top of the hat), place the crown part on the fabric and cut 4 total.  Cut one of the brim on the fold of the interfacing. You will need to repeat all of the cutting on your lining fabric. I suggest cutting 2 of the brim in your heavier fabric and using a lighter-weight fabric for the lining of the crown and top.
6. Are you still with me? Sew the 4 pieces of the crow part together - both the outer and lining fabrics.  Leave one of the lining seams partially open for turning.
7. Attach the crown parts to the top parts.
8. Attach the crown/top parts to the brim - attach the interfacing to one of the brims.
9. Clip all curves.
9. Sew the two brims together and turn right side out.
10. Sew a spiral pattern around the brim to make it more sturdy.

I apologize for the lack of pictures - I will try to add them later when I get back from vacation.  I would also like to apologize in advance for any errors/confusing parts in the directions.

Good luck!

P.S. I would also recommend making your first one out of muslin to figure out the fit. 
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2006 03:45:37 PM »

really nice!

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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2007 09:42:31 PM »

Hi, Sugabeats, I have just found your floppy hat post today, and it is just what I am looking for! Did you ever post a pattern/tutorial for that hat?  I would love to make one like it. Or otherwise an explanation on how you designed your own pattern? I am so hopeless when it comes to these things!

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008 09:21:53 PM »

Maybe I'm too tired - I don't understand the tutorial! What exactly do you mean by "crown"? Tell me that and we'll go from there! It's such a lovely hat, I want to make one for me and one for my hubby! Thanks!
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 09:24:35 PM »

Thanks for the instructions! I want to make one this weekend. It is summer in my part of the world!

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2008 03:45:54 PM »

merci beaucoup pur ce beau tutorial!!!!
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