Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jack's new sunhat

I've been thinking about making Jack a new sunhat for a few weeks now, but couldn't quite figure out how to make a custom fitted pattern for him.  Well, recently I read an idea which totally brought me back to Junior high geometry, thanks to this site.  So, here's how to get the dimensions for your very own sunhat.

Step 1: Measure the circumference of the head.  In our case, it was 22 inches (I added a few inches onto his 19 inch head so it would fit for at least a few months.

Step 2:  Divide the circumference by Pi, aka 3.14 will do.  That will give you the diameter of the circle you need.  I was lucky enough to find a tupperware lid that matched my measurement, but a compass is much more accurate.

Step 3: To make the band, the length is the same as the head circumference, plus 1/2 an inch for a seam allowance.  I made the width of this band 3.5 inches, including the seam allowance.  The band on this brown corduroy fabric was enhanced with a wide strip of ribbon sewn in place.

Step 4: After you trace your circle for the diameter of the head onto the fabric, draw another circle around it to create the rim of the hat.  I made this rim 3.5 inches wide.

It improved the look of this hat to give it a liner.  So I used the measurements above to create two hats in complementary fabrics.   Then tucked them into each other with the wrong sides together and sewed along the seam of the rim, leaving a gap of about 3 inches to turn them out for the right sides to be showing.  After ironing the rim flat, I sewed some straight lines around it.  This made the rim more crisp and sticky-outy-ish. 

Hope this helps anyone else who's endeavouring to make a custom fitted hat for you or your little one!


  1. That hat looks really nice. Can I order one for me please?
    Grammie Nita

  2. Love it, I'm inspired again. It's hard to find cute hats (that don't cost a fortune) for little guys!