Thursday, 6 May 2010

How To: Laney's Emergency Summer Hat

I've received lots of positive response to Laney's emergency hat in the past few weeks. Unfortunately I didn't blog about this hat (at least that I remember or can find a link to), but it was on the Tawny Bee Fanpage. In case you forgot, the sun started to shine a little early this year and I was stuck without a suitable hat for my little girl. In a pinch, mommy came to the rescue and I create a very cute summer hat for Laney.

I'm glad you all like it. So I'm going to do something awesome! I'm going to make my first ever How To with a pattern attached! Excited!!!!!

Awww, don't you wanna make your own emergency hat for your little one?

This pattern will fit a baby 6 months to a year.

Note (March 10, 2011): I now have the size 2 pattern available for download as well. Click here for details. Fits Age 18 months to 3 years.

Supplies needed:
- 1 Fat Quarter (this will make both the lining and the actual hat) or you can combine two or three fabric for lining, back and top
- 17 inches pre-gathered lace
- Approximately 35 inches of decorative ribbon
- One closure thingy (I have no idea what those do hickies are called, but it's optional anyway)
- matching thread.
- fray check or a lighter to singe the ends of ribbon to keep from unravelling.

I'm using a new application called DropBox (online backup, file sync and sharing made easy) for the pattern. I can easily drop my scanned patterns into my public folder and voila! it makes a linkie for you! Awesomeness....

I made two hats at once to show you all the pretty ones that I've been working on. The pink and black fabric is from the Sew Mama Sew Fat Quarter Swap. April sent me this piece of pretty!

Let's get to it

1) Click on the pattern links above, download the pdf and print it out. It should show up at 100%, but if it doesn't, please print it at 100%. To make sure it's the proper size, on the Top/Side piece the line where it says "attach pre-gathered lace" should be 8.5 inches long making the cut fabric piece double that at 17 inches (because it's cut on the fold)
You should cut out:
1 top piece of main fabric
1 top piece of lining
1 back piece of main fabric
1 back piece of lining
You will also need 17 inches of pre-gathered lace and 35 inches of ribbon

*** Note: All seams are 1/4"***

2) Pin lace in place along brim edge of 1 top piece. Baste.

3) Layer top pieces right sides together with pre-gathered lace sandwiched in between as shown in picture above. Pin. Stitch.

4) Sew a long basting stitch across both long unfinished ends for a bit of gathering.

5) Pin hat back to hat front right sides together by marking the middle on each piece and pinning them together. Work you way down both sides, gathering top piece by pulling on the basting stitches to fit. Repeat for lining as well. It won't look like much yet, but I assure you, it will work! Stitch.

6) Match up backs and sides with right sides still together. Stitch along two sections of the bottom leaving the third open in order to turn right side out.

7) Turn right side out. Press. It should resemble a hat now. Pin bottom section closed and topstitch along entire bottom, closing the hole as you go.

8) Select a length of ribbon that will fit around the brim of the hat and have enough on both sides to tie (mine was 35 inches). Pin, centering it on brim with equal sides. Sew in place.

9) Finish the ends of the ribbon with a little fray check or singe them with a lighter to keep them from unravelling. Attach a closure if desired.

I remind you that I'm only an amateur pattern maker, so there may be problems. You're welcome to give me some feedback and suggestions in the comments below.
- You are allowed to use this pattern to make the hats for your baby, for your friend's baby, and even to sell if you want. I just ask that you give Tawny Bee some credit somewhere in the product description as the creator of the pattern.

If you do try this pattern out, I'd love for you to post it in the Tawny Bee Flickr Group or place a link to it in the comments, or email me (there's a link to my email in my profile) with a picture of the finished emergency hat :)

And if you don't want to go through all the steps, both of these hats will be on sale at Tawny Bee. Check 'em out!


bleuvanille said...

great tutorial, these hats are so cute! That closure thingy is called a cordlock :)

Tawny said...

Thanks sweetie! A cordlock - of course! It locks two pieces of cord together! So obvious, and yet I had no idea even where to begin my search for the name of that thing. What exactly would you type into Google? hehehe.

Karen said...

It's too cute and I have been looking for a pattern! Thank you. Will post a pic when i make 2...twin granddaughter's!!

Sachiko said...

How cute! I love the fabrics you chose for this projects!

Annapanna said...

Just loooove these cute hats!
I will try to make one in Sweden as well now. Thanks for the great tutorial =)


Anonymous said...

Could you please post all dimensions of your size 6 month-12 month pattern. It does not print out full size on my computer. The larger pattern seems to print full size though. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I too need the dimensions of the back piece for the 6-12mos. Please and Thank You!!

Tawny said...

Hi. This pattern is from 2010 which basically means that the original is filed away somewhere under 4 years of other stuff right now. This summer I plan on reviewing some of my more popular patterns (this one being the most popular) and making them available on my website for free. But as it stands right now, I don't know the measurements off the top of my head and it'll take me awhile to find the original pattern as I've switched computers etc in the past 4 years since I made the pattern. Sorry for the disappointing answer. In the meantime there are a few other sites that have similar baby bonnet patterns available. If you need to make one right away, I suggest a quick Google search and you're bound to find what you're looking for. :D

Anonymous said...

Totally understandable! I appreciate you responding, thank you!

scully said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I made 2 hats last night. I wasn't sure I could tackle a bonnet, but you made it easy. I hope to sell them locally.

Unknown said...

Thank you!! I definitely love your pattern! Totally understandable and funny to make!