Dr. Seuss Hat Tutorial
It is Dr. Seuss Week at my children’s elementary school. Today they came home and reminded me that tomorrow was hat day. I asked it they would like a Dr. Seuss hat and they became excited. After googling different sites, I found a site called Mama Lusco Handmade. I only had two hours to make two hats, but I could not get the patterns off her site. Ready to throw in the towel, I realized that I bought a hat pattern during the $0.99 pattern sale at Joann’s in December. After finding the hat pattern and cutting out the two pieces I needed for how I wanted to do the Dr. Seuss hat, I was ready to go. Below is my version of our favorite “Book Doctor’s Hat”.
16 inch by 72 inch piece of red felt and a 18 inch by 72 piece of white felt to make two of these hats.
Serger, but zigzag or triple stitches on a regular sewing machine can be substituted
Rotary cutter because it eliminates having to mark pieces with a pen, etcetera as you can just trace with the blade.
Self healing mat for rotary cutter
Pins or Clover wonder clips
McCall pattern M6858 or just make your own
The first piece of McCall’s Pattern M6858 that I used was the crown. As Dr. Seuss’ hat has five stripes(3 red and 2 white), I would need to cut out one full piece and one half piece of the red and one full piece of the white felt for the each hat. If you do not have this pattern piece (it was six inches in length and the width is determined by the size of head you are making this for), measure head circumference and then cut a piece of red felt 9 inches long. I then folded my nine inch piece of red felt by three and used my rotary cutter to divided them up. For the next step, I just took one of the red pieces of felt and cut out the two pieces of white felt that I needed. Whenever possible I use my serger. I just love the stability of a serged seam. I placed a red and white piece of felt together and quickly serged them, followed by another red, then white and the last red piece. In order to flatten out the seams, I pressed out the seams of the white pieces of felt. I recommend to always use a pressing cloth. Once flatten out, I turned the piece over and pressed the right sides. The next step is to cover the strips with lining. I used a piece of Country Solids that I found in the Joann’s remnant cart. On a side note, all the fabric for this hat came from remnants and making the two hats was just about $3 or less(75% of remnants during Christmas holiday sales). Once you pin the lining all around the stripes…right sides together, serge the edges. This is a two-fold operation…first this allows you to trim all the edges evenly and you secure the lining to the stripes. Leave a 2-3 inch gap to pull the fabric through, then matchup the strips, right sides together and pin. Serge the sides. Inspect fabric and make sure that there are no gaps. Place “stripes cylinder” on a square piece of red felt. Cut around with rotary in a generous circle. It is better to have extra fabric then not enough. Pin circle piece of red felt to one of the “stripes cyclinder” openings. Serge all around and making sure that both pieces–hat and circle have no gaps. Should look like this: Last piece to add is the brim. I used this piece from the McCall pattern. I placed the pattern piece on a double piece of white felt. In order to give the hat stability, it needed two pieces sewed together. I thought about using interfacing, but serging through that and the stripe part of the hat would be difficult. After cutting out the piece it looks like a doughnut. I decided to zigzag the two pieces together on my sewing machine, because changing the thread on a serger is irritating and time consuming and I only had two hours to finish two hats. After sewing the the white “doughnuts together around the outside edges, I trimmed those edges and turned the felt right sides out.
I serged all around and then serged around once more as this will be a stress point on the hat. It is very important to make sure that all layers are serged. Clip your edges, pull the hat back out with right sides exposed and you are done! My sons are sporting their hats incognito!