Monday, November 21, 2011

Felt Pilgrim Hats

Last Friday I got to be a creative guest over at Eighteen25. They were so kind and it was a real treat to be a part of one of my very favorite blogs for the day! In case anyone has a little extra time before Thanksgiving, here is the idea I shared over there: 

My husband says that making my youngest wear this little girl pilgrim's hat is child abuse. Obviously I need to have a girl one of these days.
Last Thanksgiving I noticed that Pottery Barn had adorable little Pilgrim hats for sale. At the time I was on bed rest with our youngest little man, so I vowed to make some at a later time. This year we are excited to get to dine with the majority of our cousins on my side of the family. Since this might be the last time in a while that we get to all be together for this holiday, I wanted to make it special and decided that Pilgrim hats were a must! They are easy as pie and bring such a festive spirit to this great holiday. And best of all, since they are made with felt, they can be used for years to come.
Little Girl Pilgrim Bonnet:
This little hat is especially easy to make. All you need is a 12x19 inch piece of white felt and some ribbon. It can be done with a hot glue gun, but I sewed it up quickly on my sewing machine. 
Make sure to leave a couple inches open at the folded edge.
Open hat up so that it makes sort of a triangle.
Turn hat right side out and fold front edge back about 2 inches. Place end of ribbon under the fold and stitch into place and your done! Now your little miss can enjoy her Thanksgiving feast in style!

Unfortunatly, it seemed that even my youngest could sense that this bonnet wasn't too many and I could catch a good picture of it to save my life! Very frustrating but I guess I really can't blame them.

Little Boy Pilgrim Hat
This hat takes a little more work than the bonnet, but it is still simple and if your little men love it as much as mine do, than it will be worth it.
Cut out your felt. The body of my hat is 8 1/2 inches tall and 12 inches wide (you need 2). In brown, the headband is a strip of 23x4 inches out of brown and then another little strip of 1 1/2x 6 1/2 for the belt on the hat. Lastly, the little yellow buckle is made by cutting a 2 1/2 square and then cutting out the middle.

Next, take your brown headband and fold in half. Sew along the long edge and then turn right-side-out.
I use a knitting needle to help turn out my fabric.

Pin headband to one of the hat pieces. Sew it in place but be sure to not sew it all the way to the edges of your hat. This helps it to hold it's shape when it is all done.

When you are done, fold both ends of the headband inward.

Place other piece of hat on top. Pin in place and sew along the edges, leaving a corner open so that you can turn it right-side-out.

Once right-side-out, stitch your opening closed.

Place second brown strip on hat and sew.

Place buckle on brown band and sew into place.

Fold in ends and sew shut. 

Sew velcro onto the ends of your headband and your done!

Now your little men can have all the right accessories to gobble down their turkey dinner!
Happy Thanksgiving!
My youngest likes his manly pilgrim hat much better than the bonnet.


Nat and Holly said...

I just found you through Skip to My Lou... I LOVE these hats!! What a cute idea, I am always looking for crafts for my boys :) Do you mind if I feature this idea on my blog tomorrow? I am doing a quick roundup of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas...

I'd love it if you checked out our Christmas traditions party & giveaway today too:

Congrats on being on Eighteen 25 - that's awesome! Happy Thanksgiving!

Valerie C. said...

I just saw these super cute little guys on eighteen25! I thought, hey I know them. Cute hats and everything else on the blog. You are so talented.

Sew Can Do said...

SO cute and a really great tutorial!! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

Cassi said...

Such a cute idea and the kids look adorable! I'm a sucker for a kid in a Pilgrim hat ;D I'll be sharing this on on The Crafty Crow soon!


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