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Sleeping Cap Sewing Instructions

Updated November 21, 2016

If you're ready to settle down for a long winter's nap, you may decide you need a sleeping cap in order to complete the scene for yourself. A sleeping cap, popular in the days before central heating in homes, is basically just a long, skinny cone on top of your head. Sew one today using soft jersey fabric to make it cosy without overheating your head during the night. You will need beginning sewing skills in order to follow sleeping cap instructions to sew your cap.

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  1. Use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of the sleeping cap wearer's head, and call this measurement A. Determine the length you want for the sleeping cap; an easy way to do this is to hold the beginning of the tape measure near your forehead and let it hang down your back. Mark the point on the measuring tape where you want the tip of the cap to fall. This will be the length of the cap. Call this measurement B.

  2. Cut a rectangle out of jersey knit fabric that measures A by B. Measure up 4 inches from the bottom edge of the fabric on either side, and place a straight pin on each side to mark the spot. Find the centre point of the top edge of the fabric and place another pin here to mark the spot. Use a ruler and a fabric pen to draw a straight, diagonal line between the pin on the left side and the top pin; draw another diagonal line up from the pin on the right side, and cut along these lines. The sleeping cap should resemble a triangle with a rectangular base.

  3. Fold the jersey fabric up on the bottom edge toward the wrong side of the fabric to make the bottom hem. Fold the bottom edge up by 2 inches and iron it to crease it, then use straight pins to hold it there. Sew a straight stitch, using a sewing machine, across this line to secure the bottom hem of the hat.

  4. Fold the hat onto itself lengthwise, lining up the diagonal edges and pinning the entire length into place. Sew a straight stitch seam from the point of the triangle all the way down to the base, making your seam 1/4 inch in from the edge. Sew a zigzag seam right up against this edge to hold in the ends of the fabric and stabilise the seam.

  5. Turn the hat right side out. Fold up the bottom hem to make a cuff and pull it onto your head. The jersey fabric should stretch comfortably onto your forehead for a snug fit.

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Jersey knit fabric
  • Scissors or rotary cutting tool
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric pen
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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