Sunday, March 28, 2010

Earflap beanie tutorial

Here it is...
the earflap beanie/bonnet/aviator hat

The same basic construction that can be made

for your little girl

or manly
for your little boy.

-An old T-shirt or stretchy fabric of your choice
-Fabric pen
-Sewing Machine

Step 1:
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.

Step 2:
Pin and cut around the line you just drew.

Step 3:
Using a zig zag stitch, sew around the top of the beanie.

Step 4:
Flip right side out.
If your simply looking for a plain beanie
you are done!
Wasn't that easy?

Step 5:
Draw an earflap looking shape on a piece of scrap paper. Trace the earflap shape twice onto your folded t shirt.

Step 6:
Pin and cut. Please note that you should have 4 earflap pieces (2 earflaps each with a front and back piece).

Step 7:
Cut 3 strips from your folded t shirt. This should give you a total of 6 strips.

Step 8:
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).

Step 9:
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.

Step 10:
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.

Step 11:
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!


the mama monster said...

darling! i love baby hats.

casserole said...

Toddlers in hats are soo cute! And toddlers wearing hats with little earflaps are even cuter!!!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Amy said...

I absolutely love this beanie--I found it through the Ruffle Your Stuff photostream and had to check it out. I can't wait to make one for my little ones--thanks for making the tutorial!

LindaFaye said...

I am still trying to perfect the top part of the beanie. Not sure which method I like best... Some do the top by cutting peaks and sewing them together, and some do it your way of just cutting two domes and sewing them together. Thanks for the tutorial!

Jessica said...

That is awesome!!! I'm definitely going to give it a try and may need to try it with fleece now (since it is still freezing cold out).
thanks for sharing!

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