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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
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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Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

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

Bobbi said...

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 said...

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!


Becky said...

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 said...

Following you from the Friday Follow!!


Unknown said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Bea said...

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

Sarah said...

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

bethany said...

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 :)


Congrats!! :)

Holly Lefevre said...

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

Happy Friday Follow.


Lori said...

That hat is way too cute..

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


Megan Gunyan said...

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

seven thirty three said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Sara&Eva said...


Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

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 said...

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!

Rachelle said...

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

Thanks for linking up!


Unknown said...

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

Anonymous said...

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 said...

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 said...

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!!

Unknown said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this straight forward post! I really appreciate it and the hat turned out wonderful. "Hats off to you" for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the adorable hat for Read Across America Day tomorrow. Only took a few hours to make 2 and so adorable.

Unknown said...

Would you be willing to make them for me to purchase? Email is lynchcats@gmail.com

Unknown said...

Hola, hoy en dia es el mejor tutorial y economico, lo hare hoy por la tarde. no encontre el patron de la copa o sea las medidas pero las sacare a como veo espero quede lindo.

muchas gracias :D

Jenny V said...

I was super happy to run across your tutorial last night when my kids were persistent on their NEED for a cat in the hat hat for Dr Sues day. This took me about an hour and a half to whip up two and they turned out fab! Thanks for your easy instructions.

Mary T-Allen said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! My homemade, imperfect, missed stitch hat looks way better than anything I could have bought for my son's Halloween costume and he loves it so much. My kinda funky seems just add to the Seussian-nature of the hat! Ha. I am not a super confident sewer, but this tutorial really held my hand. Thanks again!