Read my Elf Yourself post first please :)
Because every Elf needs a hat, I thought I needed to show you how to make those too.
You will need felt, a hat that fits you, a paper bag to make the pattern, a ruler and measuring tape, scissors, pencil, marker, pins and a sewing machine. Yarn and pom pom maker are optional.
Measure around your head where a hat would set. Take that number and add two for the 1/2 inch seam allowance, then divide that number by two. This number (x) will be the base of your hat. make a rectangle on the paper with x as your base and 3.5 or 4 inches as the height.
Next we'll draw the top of the hat
Make sure the curled part of the hat is wider than you think it should be. Remember that you will be sewing it together and turning it inside out so you want enough room for that. Note: Don't worry if your hat looks like it would fit a giant. I promise it's probably not too big and you an always adjust it later.
When you sew together, start with 1/2 inch seam allowance because that's what we measured for, but as you get closer to the top, especially around the curl, sew close to the edge. Turn right side out using a pencil to help with the point of the curl.
You can be finished from here, but I wanted to add a different colored band. so try the hat on and fold up the bottom until it's comfortable. It probably won't be even all around since everyone likes to wear hats differently. Cut off the bottom so we can sew on another band.
P.S. how do you like my new format for tutorials? I tend to be a bit wordy sometimes so I think adding words to the photos helps (if I can get the font big enough!). I also have plans for a video or two, since my new camera has the capabilities.
I'll see you tomorrow with some more goodies to share.