I named this hat after the little dragonflies all over the fabric. I like the look of this fold up brim. The brim extends beyond the edge of the hat at the back and is long enough to tie in a small bow. In the middle of the back there is also elastic. This bit of elastic just helps to contain the hair. This is a good hat to make if you are sewing one for someone else. Because of the ties. it adjusts for every head size. For the display on this manequin I left it a little loose. I did this because this is how tight I tied it on my own head. I wanted to display how long the tie hangs down at the back for a person with an average size head. (The manequin has a smaller than average head) When I tie it on my own head it does not gap at the front like this and it sits further back from my eye.
Supplies needed for "The Dragonfly" scrub hat with fold up brim, tie and elastic:
printer to print pattern out
tape to tape pattern sheets together
paper scissors to cut pattern out
cutting mat and rotary cutter for fabric or fabric scissors
one 2 1/4" by 44" strip of fabric. (Most bolts of fabric are 44" wide) This is for the brim of the hat.
one piece of fabric that is 11" by 44". (Cotton fabric is my favorite) This is for the body of the hat.
Piece of 1/2 inch elastic. Need about 4 inches but I do not cut it off if I have a big long piece. I sew it down, stretching as I sew, and then cut it off.
Ready to take on this project? Go to Pattern Downloads and print the PDF format pattern.
Then go to the tutorial below and follow the directions. Don't forget to leave feedback. I'd also love to see your creation on the flickr page.
Before I start describing how to do anything I will explain the design of the brim. If you understand the design of the brim it will help you understand the directions a little easier.
Below is a picture of the finished hat. I am holding it with the brim folded down. Notice how the fabric from the "Top Piece" goes all the way down to the inside fold of the brim. The contrasting fabric meets up with the "Top Piece" right at the edge of the brim. On the inside of the hat there is an edge of the contrasting fabric that needs to be either serged or zig zag stitched to prevent fraying. This serged/zig zag edge will be sitting next to your forehead when you are wearing the hat. Notice the white line of stitching on the dark blue dragonfly fabric? When the brim is folded up this does not show. This is a line of stitching that I did close to the serged edge of the contrasting fabric. This holds the contrasting fabric in place so it doesn't shift around.