Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hat sewing tutorial

 You can read here why the patterns are no longer available

You can use these alternative patterns . The middle on is free and the Voque ones go on sale every now and then.

Cut the pattern out and tape pieces together. Cut the fabric and lining on the fold. For lining I try to use a cotton blend knit, rayon knit or a performance fabric that will wick away moisture.
Stitch the seams marked with red.
Fold the hat in half so the rest of the seams meet.
Pin the top and stitch the seam.
 Sew the lining the same way just leave an opening on the long seam for turning.
 Place the lining inside the main fabric right sides together and match the long seam.
 I like to pin it before I sew to make sure it comes out even.
Stitch the lining and main fabric together.
 Find the opening in the lining and turn the hat right side out.
 Tuck the lining inside the hat and pin the edge so that 1/4 '' of main fabric is inside the hat. This is to make sure the lining does not peek out from the hat edge.
 Top stitch either with a double needle or a stretch stitch about 1'' from the edge.
Stitch the lining to the main  fabric at the crown with one or two stitches.

Handstitch the opening used for turning shut.

Press the top stitching and the hat hem.
To make the headband cut a rectangle 20 1/4'' x 5''. If your fabric allows wider than 5'' is better.
Pin the band right sides together and stitch.
Use the rolled hem setting on a serger to finish the raw edges. If you stretch the edge while serging then you'll get a curly lettuce edge.
Run a gathering stitch on the seam.
Gather tightly and knot the thread.
You can find the instruction on how to make the flower in an earlier post

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How to make fabric flowers

Cut strip or strips about 1 1/2 inches wide, total length of strips should be 30 inches or more. Any direction is fine, if cut diagonally the edge will be more curly. Use the rolled hem setting on a serger and serge one edge. Cut a felt circle about 1 3/4 to 2 inches in diameter.

 If using multiple strips lay the strips out ready to be gathered overlapping the ends a bit.

Gather using a small hand stitch or gather by machine.
The fullness of the flower is determined by how tightly you gather. 
Handstitch the strip to the felt circle starting at the outer edge and working towards the center in a spiral. You can do this by machine as well.

It helps to have the end tightly gathered for the center. If the center is messy then you can add something larger for the center like little bit of tulle or larger beads and decorations.