Welcome to my corner of the StencilGirl & Kraft Tex blog hop. Making projects for this hop was so fun!
What feels like dyed leather, grabs paint and takes stitches easily? Kraft Tex Fiber Paper. This hop gave me the opportunity to sew on a textile I might not have thought to sew.
Easy project first! I have wanted a cover for my kindle so I could slip it into my purse or suitcase. I am really pleased with how it turned out!
Paints, Painter’s Tape, Sewing Machine, Needle and Thread
Brown Velour (50 cent thrift store find), Lime Kraft-Tex Fabric Paper, & Button
- Measure and cut your pattern.
- Stencil the velour: To achieve a crisp outline with the Typewriter stencil on velour I made several tries – roller, pouncing with a dauber, a stencil brush, and pouncing with a sponge.
Velour is thick and soft. Make sure you are stenciling with, not against, the fibers.
What finally worked was pouncing with a sponge. I used painter’s tape over the “keys”, stenciled the top half first and then did the bottom half. I also held the stencil from moving with my fingertips.
- Stencil the Fabric Paper. (I saw lime, mahogany and white in a magazine and really liked the color trio.)
- Stencil the top flap with the typewriter portion so it lines up with the velour typewriter.
- Stencil the back cover and write on it with permanent pens.
- Fold the bottom and side edges of the back cover paper over the velour and sew.
I had planned to make a little cell phone case, then I said to myself, “I think I’ll make a hat.” Never mind that I have only made one other paper hat in the past 4 decades. Besides, I only need a book and a hat and a towel for the beach!
Come. Journey with me. I’ll share with you what I have learned as I made this floppy head covering.
- I am eager to try it again.
- You’ll need to use Pi.
- You’ll deserve pie when you are done!
I primarily used 3 paint colors: pale yellow, coral, lavender, plus a few bits of sea blue.
- Cut a circle as wide as the Kraft Tex Paper, set aside.
- Measure around your head and from the crown to the band.
- Make the crown or dome of the hat: Divide the length of the band by 4 or 5 (My hat dome has 4 sides, if I did this again I would make 5 because that would make it more circular. I think.) and add 3/8th inch on all sides. (I had looked up how to sew a felt beanie on the web and, forgetting that felt has more give than paper, only added 1/4 inch so by the time I sewed the hat was an inch too small for my head…) I am eager to try this again in another color!
- Trace patterns and cut a pointed dome.
- Stencil your pattern on all of the paper.
- Match the edges of the dome the way you want (I used a, b,c,d) and machine sew about 1/4″ from the edges.
- Carefully snip the curved part of the dome so when you turn the hat inside out it will shape properly. Be sure not to cut through the stitches!
- Turn dome part of hat inside out.
- Measure the circumference of your dome, divide by pi (3.14) and that is the width of the circle you must cut from the center of your hat. I folded the circular portion in fourth’s and marked the center then measured 3 1/2″ from that point all around. (Where, oh where is my circle cutter?)
- Put the dome of the hat inside the circle of the brim, line it up where you want the patterns and pin it in place. I only needed 4 pins.
- Set up your sewing machine like you plan to sew a sleeve and sew the brim to the dome. (I did not care that the cut portion was on the outside because it is covered by the ribbon.)
- Add ribbon or other trim. (As I am writing this post, I think my next hat will have a button at the top.)
CONGRATULATIONS! You have made yourself a floppy hat! You deserve a nice slice of your favorite pie while you are getting paper and stencils to make your next hat.
I hope you have enjoyed all the amazing projects on this hop!
Carol, Wearer of Many Hats
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