Make Your Own Infant Cap
When my daughter was in her infant stages I used this kind of baby hat like crazy. They are great for fall and winter months, and even a crisp spring morning. I have another baby on the way so I'll be making a good array of different colored baby hats!
Don't be afraid to get creative! Go out and find some really bright and beautiful unique fabrics to make an infant cap with. I recommend using a light jersey knit as it will stretch to accommodate different sizes. The pattern I have provided is suited mostly for a newborn, but you can enlarge it slightly to fit a larger baby.
Step One: Start by printing out the infant cap pattern and cutting it out from the paper.
Step Two: Lay out your fabric on a table or the floor (you will only need about 2 square feet of fabric). Have the fabric folded in two so that when you cut out the fabric from the pattern you will have two equal pieces. Pin the pattern down onto the fabric and use the pattern to cut out the shape.
Step Three: Use your sewing machine to sew just the outer edge of the infant cap.(Before sewing I like to test the stitch on a separate piece of fabric and adjust the settings until I have the right tension.)
After sewing use some sharp scissors to trim the excess fabric about an 1/8" from the stitching.
Step Four: Fold the brim of the hat up about 5 inches from the bottom. Pin it down and sew the brim into place. Iron the bottom fold along the brim if you like.
Step Five: Trim the edges of the sewn fabric to about 1/8" from the stitching. Turn the hat outside in, and fold the brim up. You can iron it one more time for a nice crisp clean look if you want. This is a good idea if the baby hat is a gift.
Step Six: Repeat with a different fabric to make a handmade baby hat to match another outfit!
Some more tips for making your own diy baby caps...
* Use unusual and interesting fabrics to make these baby hats. You will get lots of comments. People do not often see baby caps in colors other than the traditional blue or pink.
* Add a little embellishment to the folded brim of the hat by ironing on an applique. You can add cute flowers or even lettering. These days they even have iron-on rhinestones!
* Make a two toned hat using two different kinds of fabric. You can even double up so that you have a different color on the inside of the hat and on the folded brim, not to mention a much warmer hat!
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