Becoming the Fireside girls of. 2 The Hats

Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you how I made a simple beret hat for our Halloween costume.

For this project you will need

  • Fleece
  • Ruler
  • Marker/pen
  • Paper
  • Felt

Before we start we (sadly) need to do some math. 

Start by measuring the circumference of your head. Then using that number (and the equation  c= 2•3.14•r ) to find the radius. The radius times 2 (or the diameter) is how wide you need to make the inside hole of you hat. Then depending one how wide you want the sides to be add an even amount on each side (I added 3 inches). Adding the diameter and sides of the hat together (3+6+3) you can get how the diameter of  of the top piece. Hopefully this isn’t too confusing. Once you’ve done the math you can start making the actual pattern piece!

Start with a piece of paper big enough (I had to tape a few pieces together) and mark a line that is the length of the second diameter number. 

The make a mark in the center of the line. 

Then make a whole bunch of other lines the same length with the middle lining up with this mark.

Now connect the ends of these lines to make a circle. 

Remember that number you added to each side way back when we were doing math. Measure that number in from each side along each line.

Then connect these dots.

The magic of concentric circles.

Then cut out both circles.

Now cut two pieces of your fabric using the large ring as a pattern.

Then cut out the smaller circle from one of the circles.

Next cut out strip of fabric the length of your head circumference (plus 1/2 an inch) and 3 inches wide.

Woop now all your pattern pieces have been cut out!

Time to start sewing! But before we start I recommend setting your sewing machine to zigzag stitch if your are using a stretchy fabric like me.

Start placing the circles on top of each other right sides together and sew along the edge.

After trimming the edge, turn it inside out.

Next take the long rectangle and fold it in half.

Then fold it in hanlf again so you have one edge with four open layers.

See 1/2 an inch away from the open edge.

Now quarter the loop you just made and the hat.

Line up the pins and sew the two pieces with the raw edge pointing up.

Turn it right side out and you have a full hat!

For the red diamond I just cut a diamond shape out of felt and hot glued it to the front!

Stay tuned for next week when I will finally finish these costumes!

❤ Michelle ❤

P.S. inktober week 3 is upon us!

Here is my drawing! She is a high school girl in the 50’s!


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