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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Part 2: Easy 4-seam Santa Hats.....instructions for making multiple hats

So you saw how easy it is to make a Santa hat?  Making multiple hats is just as easy, and you will embarrass the dollar store with how inexpensive it is.  I think I made 20 hats last year in 2 and a half hours, and the preschoolers loved them!

And here we go!

Need the Free Printable Pattern again?  Here it is.

In lieu of actual fleece, I am using red construction paper and a tiny pattern.  I can't get to the fabric store until Monday, but I'm so darn excited to share that I improvised!  Proceed....

*I made a mistake!  You only need 3/4 yard of fleece and I wrote 1 yard of fleece.  Please forgive and make a note of the correction*

Pretend it is fleece!  

Getting you oriented.  Go with it....

Fold your edges in toward the center, 10 inches to be specific, on either side.

Lay your pattern on the bottom left folded corner.  Make sure there is very very little extra fabric outside of the pattern.  Like, just the factory edge should be showing.  Trace your pattern with a marker.

Flip your pattern up, as shown, lining it up with the marker line you just made.  Mark the bottom of the hat's body.
Do the same on the right side, making marks for two hats with your marker.

The four hats, marked with numbers so hopefully it is crystal clear.

Cut out your hats, leaving an ample bit of fabric in the center.

Fold your ample fabric down the middle, lining up your edges.

Mark the hat, just as you did with the first hat.

Flip up your pattern and do the same marking as you did with the second hat.

This is what it looks like, and I took the liberty of marking the hat numbers.
There you have it, six hats from 3/4 yard of fleece!  Continue as you would with the original sewing instructions.....with one exception!  Hats #2, #4, #6 with have an extra seam.  Sorry!  They turned into 5 seam hats.  That long would-be fold has turned into a seam.

So there you have it: 6 hats with 3/4 yard of fleece.  Want 9 hats?  Buy 1 1/4 yard of fleece.  Use the tutorial above to make 3 hats along each fold.  12 hats?  Pfffft.....1 1/2 yard of fleece.  You're getting the idea!  Now go on and be merry and bright!

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