Baseball caps are an American icon. Not only are baseball caps useful for keeping the sun out of one's eyes while playing sports, they can also be a fun fashion accessory. They can be especially fashionable if they are made from colourful or interesting fabrics. Learn how to make baseball caps and then choose a denim fabric with a pattern or a print and make fun baseball caps for wearing while it is hot and sunny outside.
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Things you need
- Sturdy denim
- Light lining fabric
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions (scissors, thread, pins)
- Tape Measure
Measure the head circumference and add two inches. Measure from the centre point of the forehead (between the eyebrows) to the temple. Write these measurements down. Draw a circle with a circumference equal to the circumference measured. Divide the circle into quarters. Cut out each quarter.
Place the quarter hat patterns onto the denim and cut out four denim quarters. Place the quarter hat patterns onto the lining fabric and cut out four lining quarters.
Place two denim quarters together with right sides facing each other. Match up the edges and sew along the edge from the point to the bottom edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the other two denim quarters and the four lining quarters. Press the seams open.
Place the two denim halves together with right sides facing each other. Match the seams and edges and pin to secure. Sew the halves together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the two lining halves in the same fashion. Press all seams open.
Retrieve the second measurement from Step 1, double it, and add one inch. Place marks on a piece of paper to correspond with this measurement and use the measurement to design a bill for the hat as shown. Cut one shape of the bill you created from the cardboard and two shapes from the denim. Mark a line around the entire edge of the cardboard shape that is 1/2 inch from the edge. Cut on this line all the way around the cardboard bill shape (You are making the cardboard shape slightly smaller than the denim pieces).
Place the two denim pieces together with right sides facing each other and sew around the curved edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the bill right side out and press well. Slip the cardboard shape in between the two denim pieces. Baste the remaining edge together with long stitches.
Lay the lining circle out with right side facing up. Place the denim bill on top of the lining circle, aligning the denim bill with the outer edge of the lining fabric. It does not matter at what edge of the lining you place the denim bill. Place the denim circle on top of the lining and bill with right side facing down. Pin all three pieces together, making sure that the bill is secured in position. Place a small mark on the denim circle at the point on the circle that is directly opposite from the centre point of the denim bill. Mark points two inches on each side of this mark.
Sew the lining circle to the denim circle with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do not sew in between the marks placed opposite the denim bill.
Turn the hat to the right side out through the opening left unsewn. Cut a 3-inch piece of elastic and hand stitch one end of the elastic to the denim circle at one end of the opening. Stretch the elastic over to the other end of the opening and hand stitch the other end of the elastic to the denim circle at the other end of the opening. This elastic will help the hat conform to the head.
Top stitch 1/4 inch from the edge around the entire edge of the circles, sewing the opening closed as you top stitch. Make certain you keep the denim bill out of the top stitching.
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