How to Keep Your Guy Warm in His Baseball Cap at a Football Gamecomments (12) December 13th, 2008
Here is something to make for the guy who has everything or wants nothing for Christmas...the gift of warmth at a game! I have a drawer full of hats, mittens, and headbands, but this is special...it's a headband that's designed to be worn with a baseball cap. Everyone knows someone who can't be seen without his favorite team cap on this head. Even if it's 20 below! For me, it's my brother. He's a diehard Red Sox fan who would rather freeze his ears off than be without his team cap! The wonderful people at Great Copy Patterns have been kind enough to offer you this pattern for free! So, click here to download a pdf of the pattern. And, as a bonus, you can visit them at www.greatcopy.com and order a kit including Polartec Polarfleece and fold-over elastic to make a headband ear warmer for just $6.00...that's a $21.00 retail value!
Here's what you'll need:
- The pattern
- 1/8 yard Polarfleece (or the kit from Great Copy)
- 1 yard of 1-1/4-inch-wide fleece binding (I cut strips of fleece myself; you could buy some ready to go or get the kit!)
- Thread to match your fleece
- Sewing machine
It's important to cut the pattern pieces out on the line before you position them on the fleece. When you're working with a heavy fabric such as fleece, pattern pieces can rip if you try to cut through the paper and the fabric at the same time.
Program your sewing machine to a zigazag stitch. Set the stitch length at 3.5 mm and stitch width at 0.5 mm. This narrow, stretched-out zigzag has some give, so you won't pop stitches when you are wearing your headband.
Keeping the headband folded in half, stitch the center back seam using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
If you are not working with the kit and you want to make your own binding, cut a 1-1/2-inch-wide strip of thin fleece or rib knit across the width of the fabric. I'm using a fleece-backed knit that I got at RoseCityTexiles. They have a wonderful selection of high-tech fabrics.
Position the knit strip right sides together with the edge of the under-the-brim strap. Sew along the edge using a 1/4-inch allowance.
Smooth the knit strip over the raw edge of the fleece, and fold it to the wrong side. Pin the knit strip in place. Stitch along the ditch from the right side.
Using small, sharp scissors, trim the excess knit strip away from the stitching in the back.
After you finish both sides of the strap, baste the ends of the strap on the bottom edge of the headband where it's indicated on the pattern.
Start and stop sewing the knit strip about 1 inch in front of and behind the center back seam of the headband. Bring the ends of the knit strip toward the seam and mark where they meet each other at the seam. Sew the knit strips together at the marking and trim off the excess.
The seam finishing the knit strip should line up with the center back seam of the headband. Press the seam allowances open and finish sewing the knit strip to the back of the headband.
All you have left to do is repeat the process to finish the top edge of the headband.
Slip a cap into the headband by putting the brim through the space in the front—then put the cap on your head.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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