How to Design Your Own Riding Hat Cover

Written by mercedes valladares
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Most equestrians have one thing in common--their helmet. Riding hat covers are usually known for the imaginative appeal each rider and designer can create throughout the season. Aside from the practical use of creating a cover to protect their helmet, the rider is also able to express his unique style. Using brightly coloured prints such as florals, yarn dye stripes or a rich velvet with rhinestone and crystal trim for an elegant look, riding hat covers have limitless design possibilities.

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Things you need

  • Sketch pad
  • Pencils
  • Coloured pencils or markers

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    Sketch your design concepts in your sketch pad. Keep your helmet hat size and pattern in mind. Most riding hat covers are made from a six-panel helmet and the helmet's brim. For example, if your riding hat is the caliente version, it is much smaller than the newer, larger safety helmets. Include specific details such as a fitted cap or a special closure feature such as decorative snaps, Velcro or covered elastic. Use coloured pencils or markers while designing your riding hat. Your sketch will be your road map when making your pattern and during the construction process.

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    Choose trims such as a covered button or pom-pom for the top of the helmet. These trims can secure the crown or add to the design feature by using mixing colours. Select practical trims such as a covered elasticated back as well as decorative trims such as rhinestones, crystals or a stretch sequin taping, or ribbon bows as a front border. You can also use contrast fabric as trim inserts and change the seam construction for your riding hat.

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    Choose fabrics that have stretch properties such as velveteen or Lycra blends, or use a fleece and incorporate a neck wrap for extra warmth and a Velcro tab closure. Although most riding hat covers are made from fabric blends containing Lycra/spandex, you can also opt for non-stretch fabrics such as velvet and include an elastic at back to fit over the helmet properly. For helmet protection, incorporate waterproof fabrics such as stretch nylons or water resistant fabrics as part of your design. If you choose to work with non-stretch fabrics such as satin, canvas or twill, incorporate snaps or a shirred elastic back for your cover to fit over your helmet.

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