on Aug 24th, 2009Santa Hat
1 yard of Red felt or fur, white felt or fur, scissors, pinking sheers (rip-stop or crazy glue works too), sewing machine or needle, red thread, pins
Lay the single-layer fabric out flat in front of you.
Bring the top left corner of fabric over to the right edge, so that the top edge is flush with the right edge. Pin them in place.
Turn the fabric over. Bring the same edges (now on the left side) up to touch the right fold that makes the long edge of the triangle. Straighten the paper into a cylinder so that the doubled edges and the fold are aligned all the way up to the point.
About a two-third of the way down, the shortest corner touches the fold. This marks the spot to start cutting. Cut from that right corner straight across to the left side, cutting through all four layers at the same time. Note: Cut straight (or slightly rounded) across. Don’t follow the top edge as it slants down toward the left.
Open up the fabric to reveal a perfect cone shape.
Using a string or measuring tape, measure around your head where you want the hat to sit. Measure that same length on the bottom curve of the triangle, starting at the bottom left corner. Mark that spot with a pencil.
Use the material left over from the cutout as a template. Overlay the back side of the white fur with the red cutout. Trace the curve shape of the triangle onto the back of the white fur. Cut it an inch beyond the tracing and about 6” high.
Match red and white curving edges, inside out so that the fur sides are touching. Stitch a seam across the curve to attach the white fur to the red.
Flip the hat over, and fold the white in half backward so that the fur is showing. Pin it to the inside red curve, then sew it in place.
Bring the left bottom point of the curve across to touch the right bottom point, half an inch beyond the mark you made from your head measurement. Make sure the edges are aligned all the way up to the point.
Stich the edges together, from the base of the hat to the point. Cut off excess material with pinking sheers, or drip rip-stop or crazy glue down the edge of the raw material to prevent fraying.
Turn the hat right-side (after the glue dries.)