If you read my previous post you know I recently acquired a cache of silky rayon fabric samples from Arts Parts Creative Reuse Center where I volunteer my time taking photos for their social media pages. I enjoy working at Art Parts and seeing all the quirky art materials people donate for up cycling.
The fabric samples I bought are roughly 4" x 15" in size. I have been turning them into cute felt hat and scarf sets for my Garden Party Girl dolls.
Doll hats are a quick-to-make project that adds charm to any doll. You can make a variety of doll hats from felt in just an hour or two.
If you want to sew a bucket doll hat like the one shown above, download my digital hat pattern here. Print and cut out the pattern then follow the pattern instructions or my photo demo below to add a hat band to your doll hat. Alternately you could create your own pattern for a doll hat. I offer tips on doll hat creating in this post.
You will need:
11" x 8" piece of felt
3" x 5" piece of decorative fabric or ribbon
Sewing machine and thread
Cut out felt using the bucket hat pattern from my digital pattern (there are three styles included in the PDF file). Pin the brim piece to the hat shape, sandwiching one edge of your fabric between the brim piece and the hat piece. Line up the edges evenly so that the fabric is hidden in the seam. Sew the brims to the hat shapes.
Add a dart to each hat piece to give the hat a rounded shape. For the fabric band: fold the top of your fabric piece over and tuck behind band to form a neat edge. Make your fabric band about 2 inches high. Pin to hold it and sew in place.
Remove pins from band.
Sandwich your hat pieces right sides together and pin to hold in place.
Sew hat pieces together, adding extra seams to the sides to strengthen the end of the seam (seam will look like a "V" shape at the base). If your hat band fabric is silky, sew across the ends of the fabric so it doesn't unravel.
Turn doll hat right side out and try it on your doll. If the hat seems too tall, turn inside out again and add a second seam under the first one, making the crown a bit shorter. Cut the inside corners of the brim on a slight diagonal so they don't show when you turn the hat right side out. Turn right side out and place it on your doll.
You can also make a scarf for your doll from the same fabric you used for the hat band. Fold a 4" x 14" piece of fabric in half lengthwise, right side on the inside. Sew the length of the wrong side of fabric, forming a tube. Sew one end shut with a double seam for durability. Turn the fabric tube right side out. Fold in the open edge evenly and sew a seam across the end to secure. Sew another seam across the other end so they match. Your doll scarf is ready to tie on your doll!
It is fun dressing up your dolls for spring. See my shop for other accessories you can add to the mix, like the purple trouser and wrap top set seen below. Add a bit of whimsy to your doll's wardrobe!