How to Make a One-Pattern-Piece Reversible Sunhatcomments (27) June 28th, 2013
4. Add seam allowance. Measure out evenly 1/4 inch all around the pattern piece for seam allowance, and draw it in.
That's it! You've made the pattern. Cut out the piece while still folded and you'll have a perfectly symmetrical pattern piece. Label it "Cut 6" and grab your fabric!
5. Cut the pieces. Cut six of the pattern piece from each of your two fabrics (remember, it's reversible: two hats in one!).
6. Sew them together. With right sides facing, sew two pieces of the same fabric together along a vertical seam. Add a third, and continue until all six are seamed together, then sew the final seam where the sixth piece joins the first. Repeat with the other fabric. Press seams open. Place the two hats together, one inside the other and with right sides facing. Sew along the brim edge, leaving a 3-inch to 4-inch hole to turn it right side out. Turn, press the brim edge, and edgestitch around, closing the hole.
Once you've done it, play around with different brim sizes and angles to see what kinds of shapes you get. Try cutting the pieces from assorted fabrics or alternating two or three colors. Add trims or appliqués, or embroidery...the sky's the limit, as long as the sun is off of your face!
If you thought making this pattern was fun, check out my upcoming book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, due out in September 2009 from Potter Craft! You can also keep up with me at my blog http://hodgepodgefarm.net and etsy shop http://www.hodgepodgefarm.etsy.com.
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