Supplies needed for "The Hummingbird" classic scrub hat with 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
1/2 yard of fabric. (Cotton fabric is my favorite)
ruler to measure elastic
Five inches of 1/2" elastic (I like to use an elastic that is fairly thick because it is stronger)
some sort of fabric marking tool. (I use a water soluble fabric marking pen)
Here are some more views of the classic scrub hat with elastic. Notice the front of the hat looks like it has a separate strip of fabric sewn on for the brim. Actually is is just folded up an sewn down. I think this is a nice added touch. It is one extra step but I think it improves the overall look of the hat. If you look closely at the fabric I used for this hat you will see there are hummingbirds on it. That is how I chose the name for this hat.
|Rear view: The middle section which is gathered is separate from the band. This allows for the brim to get flipped up while leaving the back unflipped. The gathered section would be too bulky if flipped up like the rest.|
|Although there are two small openings at the back which keep the middle section from flipping up when you create the brim they do not show. They get hidden in the gathers. (These small openings have finished edges)|
Here are step by step directions that should help you to sew your own classic scrub hat with elastic. This hat is composed of two pieces. The long narrow piece is what I refer to as the "front". The large circular piece is what I refer to as the "top".
First download the pattern and print it off. Tape the pages together as directed on the pattern pages.
Cut the pattern out on the solid lines.
Step 1: Place pattern pieces onto fabric pieces as directed and cut out.
Step 2: Follow directions as on "top" pattern piece by folding edge over 1/4" and pressing with an iron.
Step 3: Double fold this over another 1/4" and press again with an iron.
Step 4: Now stitch these folds down stitching close to the edge (seen in picture below)
Step 7. Fold back up encasing the elastic. Be careful not to let the elastic move as you do this. Now put a pin in to hold the elastic in place or hold on tight making sure it doesn't shift as position it into your sewing machine.
Note: When I sewed this hat I did step 12 before I did step 11. It does work but you have to work the elastic a little to flip it because it is already encased in the middle portion. I realized later it would make more sense to do it in the order I described.
Now you are finished. Try on the hat. How does it feel? If it feels a little bit loose go to one of the openings at the back, pull on the elastic. Pinch it together until it feels like a good fit. Remove hat while keeping your fingers pinched on the elastic. Look how much elastic is in your pinched fingers. Put the elastic in the sewing machine and sew it in a little. Try it on again. Hopefully you have achieved the perfect fit. Remember, you do not want it to fit too tight. I have made this mistake a couple of times and I just get headaches from wearing a hat that is too tight.