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Tutorial for "The Hummingbird" scrub hat with elastic

Here are step by step directions that should  help you to sew your own  Hummingbird scrub hat with elastic. This hat is composed of two pieces. The long narrow piece is what I refer to as the "Front piece B". The large circular piece is what I refer to as the "Top Piece A".

First download the pattern and print it off.
click here to download the pattern

Tape the pages together as directed on the pattern pages.
Cut the pattern out on the heavy solid lines.


Step 1: Place pattern pieces onto fabric pieces as directed and cut out.
Step 2: Follow directions as on "Top piece A" 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 5: Fold the bottom edge of  piece "Front piece B" up 1/4" and press with an iron. Now double fold this up another 3/4" and press. Do not sew this down at this time. Next unfold again, Make a line 3 1/2" in from the edge (I use a fabric marking pen that erases with water).


Place elastic on fabric overlapping the line a little
Flip fabric back up on the fold as seen above.
Using a zig zag stitch sew at the marked line as seen above. I went forwards and then backwards again to make it very durable. I want this elastic to stay put.

Place the "Front piece B" and the "Top piece A" together. THE RIGHT SIDES OF THE FABRIC NEED TO BE FACING EACH OTHER. (wrong side facing you) The "Front piece B" should be on top. Place several pins to hold in place. You may need to pull on the "Front piece B" a little to ease it around the circular shape of the top piece. The fabric has a little give and stretch to it so this is not difficult to do.  Now stitch the two pieces together using a straight stitch and a 1/4" seam allowance, removing the pins as you go. Go back now and zig zag stitch the edge to prevent fraying. (Or if you are lucky enough to have a serger just serge the two pieces together)




Step 9: Repeat steps 6 and 7 but on the other side.  (note I do not have a picture of this). At this point the bottom edge of "Front piece B" is connected by the elastic. The "tail" of "Top piece A" is still flapping loose.

Step 10: Sew all the way around the bottom edge of the hat close to the edge.

Step 11: Now it is time to create the brim. Flip the bottom edge up towards the front of the hat. I like to give it a press with the iron at this point. Now top stitch down in place close to the edge.
 Step 12:  Time to work on the bottom edge of "Top piece A" First iron this edge up 1/4". Then fold up another 3/4" and iron again. (This is exactly how you ironed the bottom edge of  "Front piece B" in step 5) Time to sew the little flap at the bottom of "Top piece A" with the elastic encased in it. You really need to pull on the elastic to stretch in out so that you can get it in the machine to sew it.

 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.

48 comments:

  1. Hi Miss Muffet, I have been looking for this design of scrub hat and found yours but I can't download the pattern, please help. Can you email me : meylew@singnet.com.sg Thank you

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  2. Hello I am having trouble after i sew the top pieceA and the front piece B together...i am not sure how to go from there. I sewed the elastic in and i am kinda of confused from there..i did step 9 and from there i am at a lose..could you please help me..thank you

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  3. The elastic goes at the back of the hat only. On me, the elastic starts behind my ears and across the bottom of my neck. Keep this in mind when you read the directions. The point where the elastic is attached is really on the “front” piece. The bottom of the “top” piece forms like a casing where the elastic goes through. I hope this helps you.

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  4. Would you please email me the pattern taterbug6798@msn.com? Thank you

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  5. you should download pattern with your computer. you cannot download pattern with your cellphone or iPad.

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    1. I have downloaded patterns with my iPhone and my iPad

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  6. sorry ... i have managed to download now .. found the downloads under each picture

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  7. Would it be possible to send me the patterns at yolond.oddy@gmail.com. I have cancer, and I want to give back to the hospital that has been so amazing throughout my continueing cancer treatments of chemo. I have heard mentioned many times by the chemo patients that theywould really love some of the scrubs hat that they see the nurses, a doctors wear. I thought I would make a whole bunch of them, and put the in the free hat room for all people receiving chemo.I even thought of make ones for the men for they mentioned they would like them also just, maybe in blue or brown or black, manly colors.

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  8. Gloria I located how to download the patterns and tutorials. I am so grateful that you have shared these. Thank you for being so generous with your time, and posting these with no exchange of money. I appreciate you very much for doing this and for sharing!!!

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  9. I concur. A big thank you for the work and generosity you gave to us.

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  10. Could you please email me the pattern. TIA

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  11. Does the brim go all the way around including the elastic casings

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  12. Hi, thank you for the pattern, very helpful in times like this. I am struggling with step 9 and how it became connected on the elastic side after only being stitched on 1 side. On step 8, does piece A and B get stitched on all sides or just the circular side? Thank you in advance for your help.

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  13. I am making masks and hats for our medical community. I am trying the hummingbird hat but I am having problems placing the crown pieces together especially at the back of the head. would you be able to send me more instructions or pictures?

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  14. Thank you for this pattern in our time of need. I will try to make tonight after work. If I am successful I will try to make a video for all the other " helpers" trying to make FREE!!! masks for the community.

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    1. Did you happen to make a video, I'm a RN brand new to sewing trying to make one for myself and struggling a little to understand with just pictures! Thanks!

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  15. Good video on You Tube demonstrating how to sew the hummingbird scub hat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0MTYtkYm2s

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    1. Thank you, great video !

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    2. The video does a great job of pulling it all together, thanks for pointing that out!

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    3. I am a visual person and this is fabulously helpful. Thank you for sharing! <3

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  16. Thanks for the patterns, but the downloads don't print. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  17. I am planning to make a bunch of these for the local hospital where my daughter is an RN, can you estimate how the amount of fabric needed per hat?

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  18. Gloria,

    Could you also please tell me the length of the piece of elastic?

    Thank you so much for posting this!

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  19. Do you have a good picture of the finished product? I didn't do anything with a "brim". Thanks.

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  20. How much fabric does each cap require?

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  21. My download only gives me 4 pages. The last page says to tape to page 5 and there is no page 5. What am I missing????

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    1. It might be a mistake to say page 5. It does give a length of the piece. Try measuring another piece of paper taped to it

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  22. Hi, I don't see a link to print.

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  23. Hi there, I work in ICU.can you pls send me the pattern.thanks

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  24. Did not get instructions really need those

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  25. I would like to know how much material it takes to make one.

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  26. Her pattern downloads are at the Bottom of the HOME screen

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  27. Love your work
    I'm going to try to make the Hummingbird Scrub Hat

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  28. you gave a pattern but no sizes, one needs to know just how big each piece is that is being cut out, tks

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  29. Step 1: Do you turn under all edges or just bottom edge?

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  30. Hi, I am really interested in trying the hummingbird hat, and perhaps the others later. I can't see where tells you how much fabric and elastic you need for each hat.
    Thank you.

    Christine

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  31. 5” elastic & 1/2 yd see YouTube video of same name

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  32. would love a video tutorial because i just cannot figure this out from the written steps.

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  33. Thanks so much for sharing. Not sure if best use is covering shaggy locks or infection control :-)

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  34. Thank you very much. I am now going to try and translate some of it into Spanish for some people here in Panama!!! It took me a while to actually realize that the pattern was below the picture (and it seems I am not the only one). But all in all, your website is the best. Hope you keep yourself healthy.

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  35. I have tried a bunch of things and cannot get the pattern. Can you help me?

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  36. I made this hat with a lining Making button holes on the lining side at the elastic marks prior to creating the casing by sewing the lining and the hat together. The last step is to thread the elastic from one button hole to the other and securing. You can also sew buttons to the outside of the button holes and use elastic that has the “button holes in the elastic” and make the elastic adjustable by “ buttoning” the elastic in place after threading through the casing..very comfortable hat, a favorite with the nurses,,

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  37. I just made this hat in a christmas print and it worked out a treat, cant wait to make some of the others for the nurses in theatre at the hospital where i work. great ideas and great patterns, it covers every style for every nurse male and female

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