- I just love the aqua blue of this fabric and the cute little pink and yellow fish on it; but the name of this hat comes from the majestic whales that are on it.
Supplies Needed to make the "Whale Watching" Scrub Hat:
freezer paper (optional, you can buy this in many grocery stores in the section by the tin foil and wax paper)
Step 2: Start with "Top piece A". Lay the pattern out on your fabric. If the fabric has pictures on it keep in mind which way the pictures are facing in relationship to the pattern. Think about someone standing behind you and looking at the hat. The pictures should be facing right way up. This means the pictures may look a little upside down at the front but this doesn't matter because you will make sure the pictures face the right way up on the headband. This is the way the hat will look the best. Place the pattern on a fold as instructed. Think about where to make the fold. Just make the fold big enough to fit the pattern piece. If you fold the fabric in the middle just as it comes off the bolt the pieces left on either side will not be long enough for your front headband.
Optional Alternative: Take a piece of freezer paper. Fold in half. Place pattern on fold, then cut out. You are left with a pattern piece that you can iron right onto your fabric. (Shiny side down when you are ironing) This way you don't have to fold your fabric. The pattern will stay put as you are cutting it. You will be easily able to remove it after cutting, and it will not leave residue on your fabric. You can reuse this paper several times before it is worn out.
Step 3: If you have a serger, serge the straight bottom edge of the mushroom stem. Then serge all the way around the curved edge of the mushroom shape. If you do not have a serger you may want to zig zag stitch these areas. Now looking at the drawing below sew the two edges together as shown. Make sure you put the right sides of the fabric together. If you use a sewing machine you should also zig zag stitch the edges of the seam allowance to prevent fraying.
|This is a drawing of the pattern piece. Sew where I have drawn the dotted lines.|
|This seam doesn't show when the hat is worn. It is at the bottom back of the hat. I pulled it over to the side a little just to point it out here.|
Step 4: (You can don this step before Step 3 if you want to finish cutting everything at once.)
Cut two headband pieces out of fabric. Once again place the pattern piece on a fold of the fabric. Think about pattern direction and what you want in the middle of the headband. I wanted a little school of fish in the middle of the headband so I made sure the school of fish were on the fold. The straight edge will be the bottom of the headband and the curved part will be the top of the headband.
Cut one headband interfacing. This just adds a bit of body to the headband without making it too stiff. Iron it onto the back side of one of the headband pieces. (I ironed it to the piece that would be sitting next to my forehead.)