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mug.JPGmaking your own hat is so satisfying, you’ll wonder why you never made one before. easy as pie!

Materials:

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  • 1/2 yard hat fabric
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
  • button
  • sewing machine/needle & thread
  • (optional) ham for pressing ham.JPG

Instructions:

1. lay out the pattern pieces

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2. pin the pattern pieces to your fabric

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3. cut out all the pieces (in hat & lining fabric) and interfacing

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4. on the side pieces, mark the edge closest to the front pieces (this edge is longer and helps with the shape of the hat)

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5. fuse interfacing to the peak pieces

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6. with right sides together, sew the back pieces together at 1/2″

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7. with right sides together, sew the front pieces together at 1/2″. then sew the side pieces to the front piece

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8. press the seams open now (it will be harder to press later, when the hat is assembled)

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9. sew the back piece to the sides

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at this point, you can trim some of the bulk off the top.

10. repeat steps 6-9 for the lining fabric.

11. with right sides together, sew the peak pieces together at 1/4″

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turn the peak right side out and press it flat.

12. you should now have 3 pieces that look like this

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13. (optional) topstitch the peak at 1/4″ for decoration.

14. with right sides together, pin the peak to the hat

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15. lay the hat and peak into the lining (which is inside out)

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16. beginning at centre back, sew the hat to the lining at 1/4″, leaving a 2-3″ gap

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17. turn the hat right side out

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18. press the edge of the hat flat

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(please excuse the dirty laundry in the background)

19. blindstitch or machine stitch the opening closed.

20. attach a button to the top of the hat, sewing through both hat & lining (so that the lining doesn’t fall down)

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21. ooooh mug2.JPG

* another way of finishing the hat is to leave the raw edges of the hat and lining exposed

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and stitch a grosgrain ribbon over them.

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This tutorial has been brought to you by Steph Hung of Curiously Crafty. With a compulsion for creative wonders, she has her hands in too many cookie jars…

Welcome to the wonderful world of journalling! I promise, if I can make one then you can too. The following instructions will make a journal that is 5 3/4″ x 4 1/2″.

(All of the pictures have also been posted at flickr.)

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Materials:

  • 60 – 70lb. paper (I use 20 sheets per journal)
  • one sheet of white paper for the cover guide, cut to 5 3/4″ x 9 1/2″
  • decorative paper for end papers (I used scrapbook paper. You will need 2 papers that measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ each)
  • cardboard
    • covers are 5 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ each
    • spine is 5 3/4″ x (width of pages; to be discussed later)
  • fabric (1/2″ wider than cover guide on all edges)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • wax paper
  • clothespins/paperclips
  • ruler
  • sewing needle
  • strong thread (you can buy bookmaking thread, or just use hand-quilting thread)
  • bone folder (*optional)
  • awl (*optional)

Instructions:

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