Tutorial time again, and boy do I have a cute one for you today! I have the adorable Luke modelling a very easy baby beanie hat which would make a very cute last minute Christmas present for any babies you need a gift for. You could easily size this up to make an adult hat as well! The lovely Elephant In My Handbag supplied the gorgeous arrow print jersey for this tutorial, and if you fancy getting your hands on some for yourself, you can follow this link.
Luke is also rocking some rather rad matching leggings. If you feel like making some of them as well, I used this tutorial (er... it's in french, but the photos are pretty easy to follow!), but made a few changes. I might do a tutorial on my version some other day.
But for now, keep reading for the beanie tutorial:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Less than half a meter/yard of jersey fabric
- A hat which fits OR a tape measure
- Sewing machine and/or overlocker (serger)
- Fabric Scissors and Paper Scissors
- Paper to make your pattern
1. MAKE YOUR PATTERN
OK, I know the above photo looks very strange (!) but this is the pattern piece we want to end up with. To do this, first create a mirror image of your drawn semi-circle to make a circle. If you want your hat a little baggier, which I did, then make it more of an oval than circle...which is why I didn't tell you to just draw a circle in the beginning! Then you need to free-hand the extended bit (which will make the top knot). Measure about 20cm up from the top of your oval and then draw a strip which is about 5cm wide around this and create a gentle curve where it meets the oval. I.E. make it look like the photo above! Cut this out and you have your pattern piece
2. CUT OUT YOUR FABRIC
Fold fabric in half, rights-sides together and pin pattern to fabric. Cut around pattern to give you two pieces.
3. SEW YOUR HAT!
Keeping fabric right-sides together, pin the two pieces together and then sew almost all the way around, but leave a small hole as shown in the photo above (about 5cm long). I used my overlocker but you could use the stretch stitch (and a ball point needle) on your sewing machine.
4. TURN HAT RIGHT WAY AROUND AND SEW UP HOLE
Use the hole you left open to turn your hat the right way around and then iron flat to smooth your seams.
Fold the edges of your hole inwards and press with iron.
Sew the hole shut, making sure your completely catch the ends inside the fabric. It doesn't matter if it's messy - you won't see this stitching (unless you have a mother like mine who pulls things apart to inspect your work...!!)!
5. TIE YOUR TOP KNOT AND COMPLETE YOUR HAT!
Tie the long section of the hat into a loose knot.
Pull the two sides of the hat apart and push the opposite end from the top knot up into the fabric to create your hat shape. I hope that makes sense - basically your hat with will double sided and have the fabric on the inside as well as outside.
Ta-da, you have made your hat!
Now for some very cute pictures of Luke modelling his new hat:
And with that I can hear someone waking up from his nap so I had better go...see you next time.