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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dr. Seuss Hat Tutorial

My kids are excited for Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day, March 2.  Their school is providing green eggs & ham for breakfast and inviting families to come participate in reading programs that day.  They have been encouraged to dress like their favorite Dr. Seuss character, so Drew decided he wanted a Cat in the Hat striped hat.  Here's the picture I used for my replica:
 

Mama Lusco's Dr. Seuss Hat Tutorial/Pattern
fits most elementary age - small adult heads
 
 
Supplies:
1/2 yd red felt
1/2 yd white felt
1/2 yd  lining fabric ( I used part of a pillowcase)
Sewing notions inclucing: Sewing machine, Thread (red recommended), Scissors, Pins, Rotary cutter & mat (recommended)
Pattern pieces for hat top and hat brim:
Dr. Seuss Hat Top
Dr. Seuss Hat Brim
Please add 1/4" seam allowance around pattern pieces

1.  Cut pieces for hat body:  Cut 3 - 3"w x 22"l from Red Felt
                                           Cut 2 - 3"w x 22"l from White Felt
     (Cut lining fabric after above pieces sewn together to form hat body)

2. Starting with a strip of red felt, sew with right sides together alternating between red & white strips.

3.  Place hat body onto lining fabric as a template and cut out lining.  Baste around all edges, connecting hat body to hat liner.  With right sides of hat together, sew up side seam.  You now have a tube shape for the completed hat body.

4.  Using Hat Top  pattern piece, cut 1 Red Felt and 1 lining fabric.  Baste around edge.
 
 

5.  Turn hat body with liner out and pin to hat top with liner up.  Sew around, connecting hat top to hat body.
 
 

6.  Cut out Hat Brim pieces: 2 - White Felt.  (see picture above in step 4)
    ( I did not have enough white felt, so I cut 1 piece red and 1 piece white)
    Place right sides together and sew around outside edge.  Turn right-side-out and baste around inside edge.
 
  
  

7.  With hat and brim right-side-together, pin brim to hat and sew around.  


  
8.  (Optional) Trim seams down to about 1/8" and overcast or serge.


Put on your hat and grab a good book!


Please forgive any errors or omissions in this tutorial.  Email me with questions or suggestions.  Pattern is for personal use only.

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25 comments:

fawnda

I think your hat is very cute and you wrote a very good tute! : )

Bobbi

Hey...how did I not know you had this crafty blog? Where've I been? Also, I had no idea there was a pattern out there for my latest little creation....that would have saved me time (and sleep) trying to figure out how to do it -hahaha. Weird! Did she call it a Bopeep skirt too? That's just freaky! LOL

Kathryn

if only i would've seen this earlier this year! my sons first birthday was dr. seuss theme and i made 25 of these hats and had to wing it with the pattern. yours is much nicer with the lining and your is what the cats hat actually looks like! i just made random red/white striped stovetop hats. well anyways, good job! thanks for sharing!

http://jarenandkathryngilbert.blogspot.com/2010/01/nathans-first-birthday-party.html

Becky

Awesome!!! He will be the best dressed Cat for sure. Cat in the Hat was/is my son's fav too. We have eaten many a green egg for his birthdays.

Simply Stacie

Following you from the Friday Follow!!

http:///staceivaughansblog.blogspot.com

Michelle

Loving this~ I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Debbie

Excellent hat! I think even I could follow your instructions.
Came over from Friday Follow. Nice to meet you.

Beatrix from Kindershop

This is great. Wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing.

Sarah

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

bethany

So I was in my reader checking Craft Gossips latest posts, and guess who I saw? I had to come over and check you out! I also forgot to show you this, but I think you'll recognize a little something in the photos :)

http://bjcooney.blogspot.com/2010/01/baby-girl_09.html

Congrats!! :)

Holly

I am going to have to try to make one before 3/2 for my son! Great tutorial.

Happy Friday Follow.

Holly
www.504main.blogspot.com

Lori

That hat is way too cute..

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. Please join me next week for another great party.

Lori

Meg

That's awesome. Makes me smile.... :)

Kim @ seven thirty three

How fun is that? And what child could resist wearing that?

I would love for you to come link this (and any other boy related project) to my What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-up. It happens every Thursday at seven thirty three - - - a creative blog

alittlemoore

Perfect! My daughter is having her dr seuss day on Friday!

Sara&Eva

Lovely!!

Jerri

Great tutorial. And nice work on the hat! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. Hope to see you again this week!

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com

Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/03/thursdays-treasures-week-12.html

Rachelle

Oh this will be perfect for Dr. Seuss week at my daughters school, So glad I saw it!

Thanks for linking up!

Rachelle

Fleire Castro

Can I buy one?? It's sooo nice!

feelincrafty

This is great! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Last year I made dragon wings for my son's party favors, this year it might be Dr. Seuss hats! I included this in my blog's link love today.

Teresa

Great tutorial. I made one adjustment. I sewed the lining pieces together before attaching it to the brim. I left an opening in the lining so that I could turn the hat right side out after sewing the lining to the hat. Then, I stitched up the opening. Looks fabulous, inside and out.

Anonymous

This worked like a charm!! In less than an hour, I was able to whip up a great looking hat for my son's dress-up day at school. I had originally looked for one to buy because I wasn't looking forward to making one, but this was so easy!! And my son loves it. Paired with black sweatpants and sweatshirt, and a tail and he's got a great costume. Thanks again!!

patricia decrane

How can I adjust this to fit a preschoolers size head?!?!

Anonymous

Thanks for the tutorial, used it to make the cat for World Book Day for a 9 year old. I used 6 and a half inches for the inner circle and approx 12 inch plate for the brim. It fitted perfectly!