Today I am bringing home a guest post I shared over at Sew McCool. I love simple projects that I can use year after year. The Petal Hat is one of those great patterns that can be used for several years from baby to toddler.
Spring is here! I like to protect my baby's head while we play outside, go to the park and get ready for our summer activities.
Meet the Petal Hat!
Last summer, I designed this cute hat for my baby girl. I wanted to make one for this year. I have seen similar hats in some larger sizes but not something for tiny baby heads.
I thought, if I am going to make one for my baby girl, why not share the fun and provide the pattern for all of you!
The pattern comes in 3 sizes Small (3 months to 6 months), Medium (6 months to 12 months), and Large (12 months to 24 months).
Okay, are you ready to start sewing???
2 fat quarters (I like contrasting fabrics, but you can do whatever)
Cut out your pieces. You'll need 5 petals of your main fabric, 5 of the lining and 2 for the ties.
Place 2 petals right sides together, matching side seams. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch from the point at the top down to the end of the side seam and make sure to backstitch.
Add the next petal with right sides together and stitch down the side seam. Repeat with remaining petals until all 5 are sewn together.
Repeat step 2 with lining pieces. Set aside your main hat and lining hat.
With right sides together, fold one of your ties in half vertically. Stitch across one of the short edges and down the long edge. Clip your corner. Repeat with the other tie.
Carefully turn your ties right side out using a turning device such as a wooden dowel or the eraser side of a pencil.
Take your hat lining and place it wrong side out. Pin your ties directly across from each other on the hat.
Turn your main hat right side out, place it inside the lining. Match up all the petals and pin in place. Make sure you mark a spot for a 2" opening in the middle of one of your petals. This will be used to turn the hat right side out.
Stitch around the petals of your hat at 1/4", leaving one of your petals open. As you stitch, make sure to carefully follow the curve of the hat. When you get the a seam, make sure to put your needle down and turn your hat so that your petals have a nice shape and look separate when you turn it right side out.
Clip along each of your petals every 1-2". Clip into each of your seams. This allows the petals to lay flat and curved when turned.
Carefully pull your hat right side out through the opening you left on one of your petals. Press your hat around each petal and seam. Making sure all the rounded edges and corners are flat and smooth.
When you get to your open petal, press the raw edges inside the hat so that they don't show.
Topstitch your main fabric and lining together at 1/8" by following curve of each petal. Make sure that your topstitching closes your open petal.
Congratulations, now you are done. Go find that cute model of yours and try it on her.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial.