by Shellie Wilson
What you need
1 yard of printed cotton fabric
Sewing machine and supplies
1- Using a measuring tape, measure the circumference of your head (wrap the tape around the widest part of your head) in inches. Find the following measurements:
For the top of the hat: the circumference of your head + 4/3.14 = diameter.
For the brim of the hat: diameter of top of the hat + 8 inches (more for a larger brim) = brim diameter.
For the body of the hat: head circumference + 3 = length of strips.
- 2 strips that are 4 inches wide x the strip length you measured.
- 2 circles for the top of your hat that are the diameter you measured. It will help to find a bowl or dish that is the same or close to this diameter in order to make an even circle.
- 2 brim circles using the brim diameter, using the same bowl/dish process as the top of the hat.
3- Using the bowl/dish from the top of the hat, center it on the brim pieces and cut out of the center.
4- Sew the two strips into separate loops along the short ends, right sides together.
5- Pin each top of hat to each sewn loop, with right sides together. Sew the seam around the edge of the top of the hat.
6- Flip one sewn hat piece right side out and place the inside out sewn hat directly inside of the right side out hat piece.
7- Put the two brim pieces together, wrong sides together. Then pin this around the outside of the sewn hat pieces.
8- Sew around the edge of this seam, making sure to sew through both the loops and both of the brim layers.
9- Sew a hem around the edge of the brim by folding under the seam as you go.