I did it again- I went and copied another beloved object to try and improve on it. This time it was a train hat.
My boys have had these hats for several years now and when I washed one, I shrunk it so much that it didn’t fit either kid anymore. I thought this was a great excuse to take it apart, figure out how it’s made and replicate it. Sounds easy, huh? I also had an upcoming birthday for a little one who attends a French Immersion school. I thought that if I made the hat out of wool, it would be perfect for him. I was aiming for something sort-a like this little guy’s hat– (scroll down to view.)
I set off Friday night to make this thinking it would be pretty straight forward. And for the most part it was, but thank goodness I had the other, still together hat, to reference or else I don’t think I could of pulled it off:
There are only 4 pieces and it takes very little fabric so I splurged with the more expensive wool knowing that I wanted to make more for my family. The hardest part of the whole thing was getting the right fit. I made Augie stay up way past his bedtime so that I could use his head for testing. I had used the small hat for my pattern pieces and it was for a 1st grader so I initially added 2 inches to all the pieces. Well that was overkill! In the end, I don’t think I had to add anything because the wool I used stretches more than the original canvas material. So after some trimming and many adjustments (thank goodness for basting stitches!), I got the fit I wanted and even let Augie go to bed. 😉
Honestly, don’t you think every kid needs one of these?!
(Please let me know if you’re interested in a tutorial and I’ll work on it!)
*Update- the “Eddie Cap” tutorial is done! Please click on the tab at the very top of my blog just under the Header image. Thanks for all the encouragement!