It’s warm and cute!
For this project you will need:
The free pdf pattern
1/3 yard fleece
1/8 yard contrasting materials for pieces (might need 2 colors – I like to use scraps)
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
Check out the Rest of Halloween Hat pack 2:
Download the free pattern here.
Video tutorial here – written below!
1 – Assemble and cut out the Pattern
You can find instructions on how to assemble the pattern here.
Cut out 2 of the pattern pieces for the hat, plus 2 of the frog pupil, and two of the frog eye. Please take your time cutting out the frog eyes, pupils as we will be using them for applique and you’ll want clean cuts so it will look good.
2 – Begin to assemble the eyes
We’re going to do some basic and quick applique for the eyes. First we’re going to assemble the eyes. Layout the eyes and place the pupils where you want them. Pin. Then using a zig zag stitch along the edge of the pupil, sew on.
Please note that for demonstration reasons I’ve used contrasting thread – but I recommend you use a thread that matched the pupil color.
3 – Begin to pin and sew the eyes
This is the trickiest part of the pattern. Taking and exterior and interior eye piece, put right sides together and line up the bottoms of the pieces. The exterior is larger than the interior so your eye will have a nice outline. Line up the exterior edges of the piece and pin (this will cause the back to bubble). I like to use a lot of pins to get this right. For a baby hat use a .5 inch seam, for a child or adult hat use a .25 inch seam. cut slits in curves (taking care not to snip through seam) Turn right side out.
4 – Place the eyes and make the hat.
Place and pin the eyes where you would like them to be on the hat. You want the tops of the eyes facing in, sitting on the right side of the fabric, I like to tack down the eyes with a .25 seam allowance to help sewing through all the layers. you will then place the other half of the hat (right side down) on top.Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew each side of the hat (the long curved side to the point before it dips into a “V”. Be sure to leave the bottom (the brim) open. Now that you’ve sewn the sides of the hat it’s time to close the top. Fold the hat in half so the seams you just sewed are touching. Pin the “v” on each side closed. Sew one seam along the top of the hat closing the v on both sides. (This will make a rounded top.)Turn the brim edge under 1 inch (or more/less if you like) pin and sew a zig-zag stitch over the edge of the fabric. Snip any loose threads and turn right side out.
Tada! Your hat is finished.Tip: Because of the layers, sew slowly over the sections with the eyes – it will keep the stitches more even