Here it is...
the earflap beanie/bonnet/aviator hat
The same basic construction that can be made
for your little girl
for your little boy.
-An old T-shirt or stretchy fabric of your choice
Grab a beanie that fits your child well to use as a template. Place the beanie at the bottom hem of your t shirt and trace leaving extra room for seam allowance.
*Also if your t shirt material is not as stretchy as the beanie you are using for your template be sure to add a little extra room when you are tracing.
Pin and cut around the line you just drew.
Using a zig zag stitch, sew around the top of the beanie.
Flip right side out.
If your simply looking for a plain beanie
you are done!
Wasn't that easy?
Draw an earflap looking shape on a piece of scrap paper. Trace the earflap shape twice onto your folded t shirt.
Pin and cut. Please note that you should have 4 earflap pieces (2 earflaps each with a front and back piece).
Cut 3 strips from your folded t shirt. This should give you a total of 6 strips.
Stack 3 strips on top of each other and pin to hold in place. Sew across the top to secure. (You should have 2 stacks of 3 strips. These will be your ties).
For Wesley's hat I tied a knot at the bottom to make the ties.
For Mackenzie's hat I braided the 3 strips and then sewed across the bottom of the braid to secure.
Sandwich the top of the tie in between the two earflap pieces.
Using a zig zag stitch sew around the bottom of the earflap pieces, being sure the catch the ties as you go.
Pin the earflaps onto the beanie and sew across the top of the earflap piece to secure.
If you want to make a ruffly girly version this is the time to add your ruffle. Cut out a strip of fabric from your t shirt, ruffle (don't know how to make a ruffle?...check out this tutorial) and pin around the perimeter of the beanie.
Your done with your earlfap beanie
or aviator hat.
Try it on your little one and enjoy!
Feel free to contact me with questions!