Lil’s first birthday is quickly approaching. She puts everything in her mouth. I wanted her to have a party hat she could chew on and I wouldn’t have to fish pieces of it from her mouth. I found a few tutorials for sewing fabric party hats. One used interfacing, and the other used a serger. I have a lowly Minimatic that is as old as I am. I used the pattern from Jane of all Trades, and made my own mash of directions.
- I made a cereal box template from the Jane of all Trades pattern so I could sew these for everyone at the party if I acquire more Wonder Under and get some crazy burst of energy.
- Using the template, cut Wonder Under & reclaimed blue jeans to the pattern size.
- After ironing the Wonder Under to the wrong side of your top fabric, cut it out.
- You should only have 2 pieces now. Put the right sides together.
- Pin the elastic where it was marked on the pattern.
- Stitch nearly 1/2″ around the curved edge. Back stitch over the elastic to make sure it’s secure.
- Remove the paper from the Wonder Under. Otherwise you will be cursing as you try and pull the little papers from along the seam you snipped.
- Snip along the curved edge. Every 1/2″ will do. I tend to get a little carried away and snip more frequently.
- Turn your wrong sides together.
- Press according to the Wonder Under directions. Damp cloth, 10 seconds, iron to dry it a bit. Try not to iron the elastic.
- Make a cute ribbon pom for the top.
- Fold the hat in half with the outside fabric facing in.
- Place the pom in the tip of the hat, pointing toward the curved edge, upside down, pin.
- Stitch up the straight side. Make sure to sew the pom in well.
- Turn the hat right side out and admire your handy work. Press the seam to one side. Give yourself lots of praise for how cute it turned out.
- Find your little and try it on them. Tie a knot in the elastic because even though you measured it, it’s still too long.
These could be embellished and made super cute for an older crowd; think fuzzy boa stuff! I’m keeping it simple for the 1 year old. I’m still keeping my eye out for some cute ribbon to add detail along the bottom of the hat, but it’s pretty darn cute even without it.