Otis is an Olde English Bulldogge and is 9 weeks old in this photo. His cousin, Cody, the Black Lab, is also a couple of months old in this photo. Cody is about 5 years old now, and Otis is now 7 months old. For more photos of Otis and the story of his life, check out Bulldog Photos.
Sew on a little white ball at top
"Make Santa Hat" really is a beginner sewing project
Sewing a Pet Santa Hat is the same as sewing for adult
MAKE SANTA HAT FOR PETS
As far as making a Santa hat for the dogs, or any animal, just measure the circumference of their head at the widest point. Probably enough to go over the ears. Most likely it'll be a smaller version of the adult hat size. Add a seam allowance of a half inch on each seam. If your working with scraps of fabric, and you have barely enough, you could go with less of a seam allowance. You could also zig-zag the edge for a finished looking,and more importantly, to minimize the seam fraying.
If this hat is for a pet photo one time only, then it won't need to be super duper strong, but if you hope to use the hat year after year, and wash it often, then some extra reinforcement (sewiing seams twice) would be a good idea.
Warning: Make sure your machine can handle it. It gets thick and sheds. Here are tips when using HEAVY FLEECE.
When using red heavy fleece like we used here, wash it at least once to minimize the fabric shedding. It can clog your machine and cause a lot of trouble. Washing and drying will get rid of a lot of the loose stuff. Also clearing loose fabric debris from around your needle, as you go will helps a lot.
If you"re buying the fabric new, be sure to take note of the washing instructions on the bolt you buy it from. Later you may not remember how to care for it, and there's no label to tell you.
WHITE FUR TRIM
The white fur had no problem with shedding, but hand washing is recommended in this case. I didn't wash the white before sewing, but I did wash and dry the red fleece twice. I have found the white faux fur I used here washed up nicely first time.
In this example the white fur trim is 6 inches wide and 30" long. It's doubled over for a thicker trim.
To simplify this beginner sewing project even more, you could use a 3 inch wide strip of white fur and sew it to the rim of the hat, and leave it at that. No inside pinning or extra fur needed on inside rim (little easier & less fabric.
If you're using scraps, then obviously you can't check the bolt, but you very likely have washed it if you used it on another project.
It's such a small inexpensive project to begin with there's not a lot of risk here.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Appx 2/3 yard fabric for hat
2/3 yard interfacing (optional-see details below)
Appx. 1/4 yard fur for trim
Pattern, template, or old Santa hat (see below for details)
Pins (weights optional)
White fur ball for tip
MORE ON PATTERN OPTIONS
Simplicity pattern #4015 is great because it has everything figured out for you. Especially if you happen to own the pattern already.
If you use an old Santa hat as your pattern, just remember to add a seam allowance. 1/2 inch to 5/8" on each of the 3 sides would be ideal. Measure the head of the wearer and add the seam allowance of 1/2" or 5/8th".
If you don't have either of the above, then make a template out of newspaper or butcher paper (whatever you have). When your satisfied, start laying it out.
Interfacing can be added to just about any garment to give it structure. There are many types of interfacing to choose from. Heavy, medium, or light weight. Iron on, sew on, double sided iron on, etc.
In the case of this Santa hat, no interfacing was used, although the pattern does call for it. In the case of a witches hat where you'd want it to stand up, a heavy interfacing would be ideal. In some garments a lining will do. It's a matter of personal preference and what end result your looking for.
Make Santa Hat
When laying out any project, try and get the fabric square on the table. A cardboard grid like the one pictured here does a great job of that. If you have a machine finished edge left in the scrap you may be using, then put that machine finished edge up against the lines on the grid. The other edge is likely the cut edge. The cut edge should also be aligned on the grid. If not, then trim the cut edge so that it lays square on the table with each edge aligned along the grid lines. Notice the photo above. It's pretty straight considering it was a scrap without machine edges. In the case of a Santa hat it's not such a big deal, but when making a fitted garment it matters.
Cut out pattern or template. Use long stokes as much as possible, to avoid choppy cuts. Later you end up trying to smooth it out and making it worse, or loosing some of the seam allowance. I'm using weights instead of pins to hold the pattern down. I wouldn't use the weights on a fitted garment, but for a Santa hat it works ok. Not so sure I prefer them, but it does speed things up. Make Santa Hat
In the case of the pattern, clip notches on each side. The main thing is when you fold the hat lengthwise, make sure the hem, and tip of hat match up. Since this fleece stretches, use enough pins to keep the seam in place.
Remove pattern, fold fabric & Pin Seam
REMOVE THE PATTERN
Remove the pattern, and with right sides together match the notches. In the case of the red fleece, it's hard to figure out which is the right side, so just pick the side you want to face out, and fold it over as pictured here. Pin in place.
If you are not using a pattern, just make sure to line up the top edge, bottom edge, and middle, then pin in place.
Beware of loose or shedding fleece. Keep it out of the area of your needle.
Since this fleece stretches quite a bit, start sewing the seam from the middle to bottom. Then turn hat around, starting from where you left off, and sew the seam from middle to tip top. This is not a bad idea for a lot of projects since fabric sometimes stretches and leaves you with too much fabric at the end of the seam, resulting in an uneven hem, and an ill fitting garment. In this case were just talking a Santa hat, so it's likely to fit even if the seams off.
Make Santa Hat
Turn hat right side out, and attach white fur to the right side of the lower edge of the red fleece. Pin to the red fleece. In this example the white fur is folded in half all the way around the rim. Then pinned on the inside.
Make Santa Hat
After pinning the top, fold the white fur trim over and pin to the inside all the way around. Keep all the pins on the outside where they can be seen and pulled out when sewing. Might be slightly awkward pinning the inside from the outside, but it's better than a broken needle.
If your short on the white fur, or would like to make this project even easier, then another option is to sew a single strip around the rim. Appx 2" of trim is what ends up showing in this example, but you can make it to your liking. One big advantage to sewing your own.
Make Santa Hat
SEW FUR TO HAT
Start sewing at the seam, along the edge of the white fur (pictured above), making sure to catch both layers of fur and the red fleece. The pins should be doing the heavy lifting here, but be sure to pull them out as you go. Sewing over pins can break needles and loosen stitches. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.
Turn the hat inside out and finish the white fur rim by sewing it closed. If there's any unevenness in the rim, just smooth it and restitch over the old seam taking in any uneven stitching.
Make Santa Hat
SEW ON WHITE FUR BALL
Almost done with this "Make Santa Hat" beginner sewing project.
Use white thread and needle. Knot the threaded needle, and push through a little piece of the white fur ball. Then on outside tip of hat pull thread and needle through the tip. Then back through the white fur ball, and repeat a couple of times. Keep the stitches right on top of each other so the ball can move. Also keep the stitches at tip of hat so that the white ball will hide the stitches.