Soooo, today I bring you a smaller person's project: The Fedora Hat.
This is a much belated birthday present for my friends' son, Bertie (not his real name) whose birthday was in actual fact back in May, but I was horrendously unorganised about it.
I saw the pattern for this hat from Elegance & Elephants probably back in March and just knew that it was going to be Bertie's present - I just then took 3 months to purchase the pattern, while thinking about a million other things I could make him.
Anyway, I finally got round to it when finally inspiration struck me about what I could use for the lining - I had decided what the outer would be from the off, but the lining was bugging me. So, the outer is a blue cotton drill I had in my stash, left over from a recent(ish) work skirt I made, and I decided that the lining should be the striped cotton I had left over from making the car play mat, which I have since made a further two of. I also thought that this would make a good band for the hat - my original thoughts had been ribbon.
|inside - you will note I made zero attempt to pattern match|
|Crown and brim - I was|
so excited to have got to
this stage :-)
The sewing part took me about two hours and the cutting out/ironing a further half an hour each tops, so all in all this is definitely a hat you could make in an afternoon - probably a couple of hours once you have done two or three.
|check out my (slightly wonky)|
There were a couple of fiddly bits, such as avoiding any puckering when stitching the brim to the crown and the top of the crown to this sides, but I think this is more because it is a teeny tiny project, rather than the actual techniques and skills needed.
At the time of writing, I have not yet seen Bertie to give him the hat, so I don't know whether it is approved of or not, but I like it . . .
What do I like about this?
- I made a hat!!!
- Simple to construct and easy to follow instructions. I think the nieces could make these with no problems.
- Good stash buster - I think I used less than a fat quarter of fabric each for the lining and outer - and that was for the largest size.
- Try out some different fabrics - maybe a denim next time?
- Use ribbon for the band rather than construct a band.
- Make it on my niece's smaller sewing machine, as things should just wrap around the arm rather then not quite fitting round the arm on my machine.
Anyway, I am on to bigger projects now, but I might find some time for some little people projects inbetween. Tempted to try some more of Elegance and Elephants' patterns. As always, I will share.