2010 guest blogger series: Maya and her Jar Caps and Doll Hats

by contributor on 19/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

I am really happy to welcome the lovely Maya Donenfeld to Whip Up today. I think I first fell in Love with Maya and her blog when she posted this newspaper bunting heart tutorial. Maya kept me coming back to her blog with her focus on family and natural living and eco crafting.

Jar Caps and Doll Hats

My mother and I were perusing a flea market, when we stumbled upon a basket of gorgeous vintage fabric scraps. Upon closer inspection we realized they were actually the sweetest little doll hats we’d ever seen. I figured someone had once had a very large doll collection, and then my mom pointed to the little sign above the basket: Antique Jar Caps. Hmmm. We still loved our original interpretation, so she gathered a couple to bring back to her nursery school for the doll corner. I took the idea straight to my sewing machine and made a couple of instant hats for my daughter’s friends. Whichever way you look at them: jar caps or doll hats, they are the quickest little project ever and a fun way to use up precious scraps.

  • Fabric scraps
  • Thread
  • Elastic thread or ¼ elastic
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • rickrack or lace- notions optional
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • sewing machine
  • Using pinking shears, cut out a circle that’s several inches larger than the diameter of the jar or little doll’s head. I drew around a soup bowl with a pencil. Make another pencil circle about ½ to 2/4 inches from the edge. I used a mug this time. Add any notions to the outer edge if you want to get fancy.

    Gathering option 1: Cut a strip of ¼ elastic to be the same circumference as the jar/head. Stitch it along the penciled sketch of the smaller circle. Stretch as you go. Done!

    Gathering option 2: Wind elastic thread around your bobbin and insert in machine. Thread needle as usual. Sew around the penciled sketch of the smaller circle. Gently pull gathers as you go so that it’s not too tight. Done!

    Jar caps keep the dust off your canned goods and make them extra festive for gift giving. Doll hats are darling and their speed in whipping up will amaze your child. Don’t for get to leave little slits for ears that might need a little extra room!

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    1 Stephanie October 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    What a cute idea! I often cover the tops of my jarred gifts with fabric, but I just tie a ribbon or raffia around it to secure it. I love how with a little extra effort with a needle and thread, that jar topper can now become a re-usable part of the gift! Thanks for sharing your idea (and I love the ric-rac edge in the last photo!).

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