From old jeans to cute denim hat! …free pattern

Welcome to this weekend’s sewing project at the shed. Ever wondered what to do with those old jeans?? Here is a FREE pattern to turn them into this cute denim hat.

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For this project you will need:

  • Your pattern – you can get the kids size Here

PLEASE NOTE – these patterns have a 1cm seam allowance.

  • old pair of jeans to cut up
  • some pretty cotton fabric for trim
  • cup of coffee
  • chocolate (preferably a kit-kat)

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Firstly, chop up your jeans. I cut along the plain seam edge of the leg like this

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Cut your pattern pieces.

You will need 4 pieces of the rim  -  either 2 denim and 2 in your trim cotton fabric OR 4 pieces of denim

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Cut trim band. Place right sides together. Pin and stitch.

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Fold trim over and stitch to hold and neaten the edge.

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Fold band in half, right sides together. Stitch end seam & zig zag it (unless you’re one of those lucky people with an overlocker)

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Pin crown to band (the denim side, not the trim side). Stitch & zig zag.

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Now it’s time for the brim. Sew ends together so you have two doughnut pieces. Place them right sides together. Stitch the outside edge.

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Trim little ‘v’ shapes at intervals around the outside. (Careful not to cut into the stitching)

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Turn  right sides out. Sew outer edge to hold and neaten rim.

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Pin rim to crown. (If you are using a cotton trim for the under side of the rim, make sure you put the denim side against the denim crown) Stich, zig zag and trim.

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Turn the seam you have just finished up into the crown of the hat. Pin it and secure it by sewing a neat seam at the lower edge of the trim.

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Lovely! now try it on. Aww! you look lovely.

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But wait – you’re not finished yet!

It’s time to add some ‘pretty’. Grab a piece of your trim fabric – a long rectangle. Fold it end to end and stitch a seam (right sides together)

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Turn right side out and then fold in half lengthways. Stitch a gathering stitch where the outer edges meet.

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Pull a single thread to gather it

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Gather into a rosette. The raw edges will be at the centre of the rosette.IMG_2597

Cut a circle of left over denim. Place in centre of the rosette.

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Stitch denim circle to rosette in a rough snail shape.

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Stitch to the rim, place it to cover the seam.

Done! Easy Peasy!

hat

Now – how about another one???

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