Kids Chef Hat Tutorial
I’m super excited about this Kids Chef Hat Tutorial. I made a chefs hat for my nephew’s first birthday. I looked for patterns at the fabric store but they all looked super complicated. Finally I looked at a basic premade chefs hat that my cousin had and made my own pattern. I added Velcro to make it adjustable. (The hat I looked at had ties for fitting) I also used Rick Rack instead of elastic on the adjustment gap.
Duck or fabric and interfacing cut 10″ x 24″ to 28″ depending on the size you need. If you use Duck fabric you do not need interfacing because the fabric has enough structure.
Cotton fabric cut in an 18″ circle The bigger the circle the more puffy the hat top.
3.5″ Rick Rack
Ribbon. I used scrap ribbon but would recommend a smaller width than I had. You will Zig Zag over the ribbon around the rim of the circle.
Fold the 24″ x 10″ in half, length wise. Stitch around two sides and turn out.
Fold in the open edge and iron flat. Stitch the closure with a straight stitch.
Pin your Rick Rack on the edge of the circle.
Stitch in place. I used black thread but you will want to match your thread to the Rick Rack and the Velcro.
Set the machine on a Zig Zag stitch on your longest stitch length and width
Carefully stitch around the ribbon on the edge of the circle. Start and stop at the Rick Rack edge. Be careful not to stitch into the ribbon. I accidentally stitched my ribbon a few times and had to clip those stitches to allow the fabric to gather.
Now you are ready to gather. I think a thinner ribbon will work better that what I used.
Carefully gather the fabric evenly along the ribbon.
Set aside while you work on the Velcro.
I cut my Velcro to 5″ strips. (I used scrap sticky Velcro but I recommend a soft stitch on child’s Velcro. The sticky Velcro can sometimes gum up the stitching.)
Position the Velcro with the rough side facing out and the soft side facing in. You do not want the Velcro to scratch the little one’s head.
Stitch the Velcro in place. I used black thread but you may want to match your thread with the Velcro and fabric.
Test the alignment of the Velcro.
Pin the base and top together. Adjust the gathers as you go. Start at one side of the Ric Rac and end at the other side.
Stitch the pieces together. I used a Zig Zag stitch but after the fact a straight stitch would look better.
Trim the excess ribbon and the thread.
The basic hat is done. There is a gap for adjustment along the back.
You adjust the sizing by how far in you use the Velcro.
Embroider a nick-name or name on the hat.
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