How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhatcomments (27) April 20th, 2012
I'm a big fan of sunhats; they keep my face from becoming one giant freckle. I like to make them in all different fabrics so there's one for every occasion, and they're even better if they're reversible! This is a very simple style that you can whip up the pattern for in a few minutes, and it works for any head size from baby to adult.
- A piece of paper, any kind will do (8-1/2 x 11 inches is plenty big enough; I used a scrap)
- A pencil
- A ruler (ideally one you can use for squaring)
- A tape measure
- Remnants of two different light- to medium-weight woven fabrics
1. Take some measurements. Measure the circumference of your head at its widest; just above the ears should work. Jot this number down, then divide it by 6 (it's a six-panel hat). Then divide that number in half because we're going to make this pattern on a fold, so we'll only draw half of it. This is the number you'll need. My head measures 22 inches around, a sixth of that is 3.66 inches, and half of that is 1.83, or 1-7/8 inches. (You could just divide the circumference by 12, but I want you to understand what you're doing and why.) Then measure the height, from the top of your head to the middle of your ear. Mine is 7 inches. Jot this down, too.
2. Let's draft! Fold your paper in half lengthwise, and orient it so the fold is at left, as shown. Near the top of the paper, make a mark on the fold to indicate the topmost point of the hat. Measure down from this point the height you measured from your head, and mark. From this point, square a line out from the fold. Along this line, measure out your (half of) one-sixth head circumference measurement, and mark.
Now find the halfway point between the top of the hat and the bottom. Draw a line straight up from the head circumference point to here.
Then curve the line to meet the top point (at the fold) as shown.
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