Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Paper Hat: The Tutorialinginginging...

Goodness. We're going to end the run of hat-based tutorials and postings soon, I promise. It's probably something to do with the change in the weather! As the evenings draw in and the wind gets... erm... windier... there's nothing better than curling up and making some outerwear!

Anyway. As promised, here's a guide to making your very own paper hat, Makies for the wearing of. This is adapted from a classic paper hat fold you can do with a £5 note, either for leaving as a pretty tip or for annoying bus drivers. Hahaha.
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Smart, eh?
You will need:

  • Fabric measuring 12.5cm by 20.5cm (roughly 5" by 8 1/4")
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Needle and thread
  • Fray check
  • Scissors
Depending on the wibblyness of your fabric (technical term), you might need to interface it for added stiffness (fnaar). I would advise that you fold up a test hat and see what your fabric is going to do; although feeling flimsy when flat, the quilting cotton I used is surprisingly sturdy once folded and interfacing is really not needed.

Okay! Let's get folding. First thing, a warning:

You will be using a iron to crease all of your folds. Although you could use the heat only, you will most likely need steam to set the creases. The steam shoots out in all directions. 
You are very, very likely to get burnt fingers if you're not paying attention to what you are doing! 
Do not attempt to make these hats with small children, pets or wayward Makies distracting you! 

Crystal? Right. Read through all the steps, then have a go. If you're not clear on how the folding works, try it with a piece of paper before you move on to the fabric.

First, lay your fabric face down on the ironing board. Fold over 0.5cm ish at each end. This gives you a nice finish on the bottom opening of the hat.
Paper Haaaaatses
Flat, flat, flat. Fold ends and iron.
Fold the fabric in half, pattern out. Iron the fold. Lay folded fabric on your ironing board, opening towards you.
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Opening at the bottom, or you'll not get into your hat. 
Fold in the corners and iron flat.
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Find the middle first!
Bring the open edges of the fabric up over the triangle. Iron. It's easier to do one side, then flip the hat over and do the other.
Paper Haaaaatses
Opening still towards you, yes! 
Fold the nice finished edge down to make the outside bottom of the hat. Iron. This is where you're most likely to burn yourself.
Paper Haaaaatses
Basically fold the flat bit in half, so's there's a nice finish. Flatten with the iron. 
Congratulate yourself on having some fingers left. Switch off the iron, breathe a sigh of relief.
To finish the hat, you need to do a few little sewing stitches at the red dots. I just overcast a couple of times and make sure it's secure. For a smart finish, trim the edges marked by the arrows and apply a little fray check to stop... well. Fraying.
Paper Haaaaatses
Stitch through all layers at the dots to hold the hat together. Trim and fray-check at the arrows.
Hats don't have to be just one size! As long as you keep the proportions, you can make any size you like. The tiny hats started off about 7cm wide and have got a hairgrip stitched into the bottom to keep them in place. They could do with a little wire in the brim to hold them open... time to experiment!
Plink, play nice.
"Little haaaaaaaaatses!" "Hey! Plink! Play nice!"

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