try, try, try, try again.
Those are all Buddy the Elf hat rejects. The first one was so bad that I threw the whole hot glue-y mess in the garbage.
It turns out that trying to get a hat band to conform to the shape of a very slanty elf hat is harder than I anticipated.
Ribbon (on the right) was cute, but I didn’t like the little creases and bubbles.
A c-shaped piece of fabric (on the left) laid down nicely, but it was boring.
I got desperate and started thinking about no band at all (center).
And then I thought of my old friend “bias tape”. And we had a winner!
To make the elf hat, I traced one of my big silver mixing bowls (about 13.5″ in diameter) and then cut the circle in half. Next, I added my banding. I did a combination of sewing/gluing. Once that banding was in place, I folded the hat in half and seamed the straight edge.
Then, I folded the bottom edge under about 1/4” and hot glued it in place. I didn’t want any stitching visible. Add a red feather and you’re done!