|1. Print the pattern, then check to be sure that the scale is right. You can measure the long side of the hat band to make sure it's 5 inches long. If it is, then the pattern is to the right scale! If it is not the right scale, check your print settings to make sure they do NOT say to resize to fit page. When you have the pattern, cut it out. If you have pins, pin the pieces to your felt.|
|2. Cut out your felt hat pieces.|
|3. Sew the hat top (the small round piece) to the band (the long piece). You must sew VERY close to the edge!|
If you've never sewed before, this page might help you. I always do double-threaded sewing, myself.
This hat is made of felt, so you can (and MUST) sew VERY close to the edge. Leave a TINY seam allowance, like 1/8 inch!
(I used white thread here so you can see the stitches.)
|One more time-- sew VERY CLOSE to the edge! Put the band on top of the hat top, and start sewing it, bending the band to go around the curve.|
|Just bend as you sew.|
|4. When you've sewn around, sew the ends of the brim together. I sewed them together by pressing the "right" sides/insides together and then sewing up the back, so that the edges won't show when it's turned.|
|5. Turn the hat inside-out, so that the seams are inside. This makes the CROWN of the hat.|
|6. With your hat turned RIGHT-side out, put it through the donut-shaped brim, so that the bottom edge of the crown is flat the inside edge of the brim. You can pin it if you like.|
|7. It may be easier to see on this brown hat. Note the edge on the left side--just nudge the brim up a little so that it's flush with the edge of the crown, and start sewing!|
|8. Once you've sewed the crown to the brim, tie off your thread and cut it off.|
|9. To make a pirate hat, you'll bend the hat into a triangle shape. It is helpful to pin the brim to test how it looks.|
|Keep arranging the bent edges until you get a nice shape.|
|10. The last step is to use a couple small stitches to "tack" the brim to the crown in those three places where you pinned it.|