How to Make Fitted Baseball Hats

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How to Make Fitted Baseball Hats
A colourful fitted baseball hat makes a personalised statement. (girl in hat image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Baseball hats are a common accessory for men, women, boys and girls. Everyone likes to wear them for all sorts of occasions. You can personalise them by using unique fabrics or adding decorative ribbons or appliques. You can make matching baseball hats for family outings or for groups and clubs. The key to making fitted baseball hats is precise measurement. Measure correctly, mark accurate lines, and sew exactly according to your measurements and markings and the baseball hats you make will be a perfect fit every time.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2/3 yard heavy weight cotton, canvas, or polyester
  • Light weight cotton fabric for the lining
  • 1/4 yard heavy interfacing
  • 1 button
  • Tape measure
  • Paper, pen and pencil
  • Newspaper
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hand sewing needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure around your head with the tape measure where you want the baseball hat to sit on your head. Fit the tape measure as tightly or loosely as you want the hat to fit. Write this number down on a piece of paper.

  2. 2

    Measure from temple to temple across the front of your forehead for the visor. Write this number down on a piece of paper.

  3. 3

    Draw a circle on the newspaper that is 2 inches bigger than your head measurement. Use a compass to make sure your circle is perfectly round.

  4. 4

    Cut the circle out.

  5. 5

    Trace the circle pattern on the newspaper and cut it out as well. You need the newspaper pattern piece to ensure proper measurement and cutting of the pattern. It is also easier to cut fabric from a paper pattern. You need two circle pattern pieces because you will use one for the hat fabric and one for the lining fabric.

  6. 6

    Divide the circle into quarters with a ruler or straight edge. You can also fold the circle in half and then into quarters to get the four equal sections.

  7. 7

    Pin the circle pattern piece onto the fabric and cut it out. Then cut along your dividing lines so that you have four triangles with curved edges.

  8. 8

    Pin the other circle pattern piece onto the lining fabric and cut it out. Cut along the dividing lines.

  9. 9

    Draw a rectangle that is the length of the visor measurement and 5 inches wide. Use a ruler to make sure your lines are straight. Round off one of the corners with your scissors. Fold the rectangle in half and cut another curve at the corresponding corner to match the first curve you cut to make the curved shape for the visor.

  10. 10

    Pin the visor pattern piece to the hat fabric and cut it out. Cut two pieces from the hat fabric. Then cut one piece from the lining fabric and one from the interfacing.

  11. 11

    Mark straight lines 1/4-inch from the edges on the back side of each of the triangle pieces. Do this on both the hat fabric and the lining fabric. These lines will be your sewing lines.

  1. 1

    Pin the four sections of the hat fabric together with the right sides together. Stick each straight pin into the seam line you drew in the previous step to make sure they are perfectly aligned. Sew one seam at a time, adding one section at a time. Press all seams open.

  2. 2

    Repeat the above step with the lining fabric.

  3. 3

    Lay the lining on top of the hat, right sides together. Match the seams carefully. Pin in place. Sew around half of the bottom of the hat. Turn right sides out and press.

  4. 4

    Fix the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the visor pieces with a hot iron.

  5. 5

    Pin the two pieces together, right sides together. Machine stitch around the curved edges. Leave the straight edge open. Turn right sides out and press.

  6. 6

    Pin the visor to the hat, right sides together, along the open edge of the hat and the straight edge of the visor. Leave the lining of the hat loose. Machine stitch. Press the seam toward the inside of the hat.

  7. 7

    Fold under the lining along the visor and hand sew it into place.

  8. 8

    Sew the button to the top of the hat where all four triangles meet. Be sure to catch both the hat and the lining in your stitches.

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