So as moms sometimes do, I had improvise last minute on a costume for my son tomorrow for Dr. Seuss Day at school. He’s gonna be Sam I Am… cause that’s what I could come up with. He’s gonna wear his dad’s plain yellow t-shirt and this hat. If I was more ambitious I would make a quick sign that said Sam I Am too on a piece of cardstock and then glue to either a popsicle stick or paint stir stick depending on size of sign, but I’m writing this article for you all instead!!! 🙂
- Sewing skills and the ability to use them (Can either machine or hand stitch)
- Measure the size of your child’s head. Here you can see the yarn I used at the bottom of the the cut of the body of the hat. To measure I put the yarn all the way around his head and then found the middle of that length by folding in half and cut it there so that I cut it to the length of half his head circumference.
- I laid out a double layer of red felt and hand drew the shape then cut around it adding 1/4 inch roughly for a seam allowance. I drew it lopsided on purpose. It is Dr. Seuss after all.
- Sew the curved edges together but not the straight bottom edge. (To avoid the mix up that I did since I was tired… turn the body of the hat right side out now.)
4. For the brim of the hat, I took the yarn that I had cut and placed it in an arch which I then traced on the double layer of red felt. I added an inch to that on top of it and then cut the bigger half circle. Then folding the 2 layers together in half, I finished off the circle… then while it was still folded, I cut the inner circle out. As you can see, it was a rough cut out.
5. Sew close the outer edge of the 2 circles so you can turn. Trim the edges to get rid of some bulk and turn.
6. Attach the rim of the hat to the outside of the body of the hat that you’ve turn right side out. This will ensure that all seams are inside the hat. As you can see… I made the mistake of not doing this in this picture. I ended up having to take off the brim and reattaching. If you end up with extra as I did in your circle, just cut a portion out, fold one side in on itself and nest the other side in it. (See pictures.) After that it’s simply trimming any threads that need it and it’s ready to go!
Have a great day, and keep creating!!