Saturday, February 16, 2013

DIY princess hat

    Since Evening was going to be wearing a crown for her birthday, it was only fitting that her guests would be princesses.

  One year olds aren’t the most social  creatures, so we only have four little guests coming to our party.  This gave me the chance to do a little extra and make them all a special princess hat to wear for the party and take home to add to their dress up collection when  the party's over.   

   Here’s the supplies you’ll need to gather to get started:

-outer fabric                                      -embroidery floss
-inner fabric                                      -ribbon (or elastic for kids under 2)         
-double sided interfacing                -ribbon yarn
-scissors or rotary system              -iron
-paper, pen, and string                    -measuring tape

making a curve with a string
   To make your pattern, start by taping four sheets of regular printer paper together to make a large rectangle.  Tie a string around your pen, keeping a sizable length out to hold on to.  With your non-writing hand, hold the string steady in one corner of your square.  With your other hand, grasp the tied-to pen, keeping the string taut, and mark along the page in an arc forced by the string.  This will create a perfect curve for the bottom of your hat.

trimming the pattern
  Now measure around the child’s head that will wear the hat (at one year, Evening’s head measured 17” and a friend’s 3-year old measured 20”).  You don’t want the curve in your pattern to be bigger than this measurement or the hat will be too big.  If need be, trim the pattern from the corner, taking equal amounts from both edges so the curve isn’t compromised.  

  Now that you’ve got your template, cut one each from your inner fabric, and interfacing.  Then cut one from the outer fabric, leaving an extra seam allowance so that you can fold it over the others to stitch and hide the 'sandwich'. 
  Make a sandwich with the interfacing in the middle and pin.   It looks something like a triangle with a curvy bottom.  Quickly snip off the very tip of the triangle on the interfacing and inner fabric only

sandwich of inner fabric, interfacing, and outer fabric

 Follow the directions given with your choice of interfacing to fuse the fabrics together.  

  When this is done, take the extra seam allowance you’ve made with the outer fabric and pull it over the sandwich, folding under and pinning down neatly into a seam for stitching.  Continue along the curve, and yes it gets a little uneven but that’s alright, we need to keep the curve.  Pin down the tip of the outer fabric’s triangle down over the trimmed triangle of the interfacing and inner fabric.  
add ribbon into pinned seam

  If you are making your hat for someone over 2 years old, take your ribbon and measure out two lengths to use as a strap to tie the hat under their chin.  Pin into your seams ¼ of the way in from the edges, on both sides.  (For younger children, we will add an elastic strap when the hat is completed).   

  Using a co-ordinating colour of embroidery floss, use a blanket stitch to stitch all along the seam that you’ve just pinned.  A thimble will be a big help (especially if you are using tightly woven batiks like I did!).

  Now, take your ribbon yarn and cut several strips at a length corresponding to the dimensions of your hat (I made mine the height of the hat in the middle plus one half).  Tie them all into a knot at one end.  

  Place the knot on the inner side of your hat, in the center of the cropped triangle top and stitch into place, making sure the thread goes through the center of the knot a few times for strength.

stitch the yarn's knot into the hat
 Starting at the bottom of your hat (not the top like I did in the following photos - you risk an uneven hat!), hold the two ends together, and using your embroidery floss,  pull the hat together by weaving the floss between the peaks of the blanket stitches that you’ve already made.  Keep the floss tight, going back and forth from side to side, until you’ve reached the top of your hat, which is now the desired cone shape.  Tie off, letting the floss get lost in the ribbon yarn cascaded from the top.

 If your little princess is under two years old, take some sewing elastic, measuring on your little one how much you will need to go under her chin.  Then stitch the elastic into the hat,  1/4 of the way 'round from the seam and there you have it. 

  Your little princess now has a perfect hat to spark her imagination! 

  You can also leave out the ribbon yarn to make a wizard hat or even a gnome hat if you like.

   Her guests have not arrived yet, but Evening and I couldn’t resist trying on one of the hats for a just a little while… 
  I'm linking this project up at Sew Many Ways!

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  1. I adore the princess hat and you are so smart to have only 4 little princess guests. What a fun party you're going to have!

  2. Hi Jennifer, that's just priceless! I'm going to make one for Binky for the next time Kerstie brings her over. Last spring I made her a dandelion crown and she had so much fun wearing that, (even after the dandelions were all wilted), and now that she's 2 1/2 and has access to Disney princess images I'm sure she'll love this one. :)

    1. I love dandelion crowns - lucky Binky to have you make one for her. If you do make a princess hat be sure to share some photos!

  3. Jennifer, this is just too cute (and so is your little princess!). Thanks for sharing this tutorial at A New Creation. I have a little princess who would probably love a hat like this too. Hope the first birthday party was a blast!

  4. thanks Jessica, and for hosting the party too!

  5. Adorable! Oh, the joys of having a little girl!


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