- Party hat – I got Curious George because they were slightly smaller than the others and they had a tab/slot thing holding then together instead of staples or glue or something. And they were cheap.
- Fabri-Tac or hot glue. Hot glue and I have a sordid past, so I use Fabri-Tac. Fabri-Tac also doesn’t glob up and leave lumps.
- Something to trace with. I used both a pencil and a disappearing fabric marker.
- Fusible interfacing – 12″ x 7″, mine was medium weight.
- Your choice of fabric – slightly bigger than 12″ x 7″, maybe 14″ x 10″
- Scissors. I used a rotary cutter too, but it’s not necessary.
- Ruler or straight edge
- Ribbon, bias tape, trim, or twill tape (optional)
Open your hat, being careful not to rip the tab off. You’re going to need to put the hat back together later.
Trace the hat onto your interfacing. I used the pencil for this. Trace the entire bottom curve. On the slot side, stick your pencil in the slot and trace that, but not the outer edge. On the tab side, trace the edge, but not the tab. You’ll end up with something that looks like this:
Take your ruler and extend the slot line in both directions. Then connect the lines on the tab side and extend them out, too.
You should have something that looks like this:
Cut it out and position it on the wrong side of your fabric.
Fuse according to product directions.
Mark 1/2″ from your interfacing on both straight sides and 1″ on the curved edge. I used my disappearing fabric marker for this. See how I did a crappy job positioning and the left corner is missing? It’ll be fine.
Cut out on the lines you just drew.
If you want to add extra embellishments or appliques or something, now is the time to do that. How freaking cute would this be with a cupcake applique for a little girl’s party or even with a number on it?
Fold in half with right sides together, matching up straight sides.
Turn right side out. Make sure the point of the hat is pushed all the way out.
You can stop now, if you want. This next part is not necessary, but when your kid rips the hat off in a fit of rage in front of your guests, the inside will look nicer. Pick a coordinating ribbon, bias tape, twill tape, trim, etc. Here were my top 3 contenders.
I went with the bias tape because no one is really going to see it and I didn’t have a little scrap of either of the others.
When you get to the elastic, pull it back down toward the bottom of the hat before gluing the trim on top of it.
***For personal use only. Make ‘em, gift ‘em, please don’t sell ‘em!***