Here's the Wicked Zelena Hat, a wide brim spooky sewing pattern that comes in all sizes XXS - XL so you can have as much fun as the kids!
The key to getting this one right is your fabric choice. This project requires a medium/heavy felt or woven fabric that will hold its shape.
The XL brim is wide so be sure your fabric is wide enough to cut out in one piece
For the sample seen in these photos I used a thick black felt and heavy weight interfacing, which is crucial for the wide brim to hold.
(NOTE: you can alter the depth of the brim by trimming the pattern a little before cutting out)
If you want to make the Zelena hat keep reading for the kit list and detailed instructions below.
- Medium/heavy weight woven Felt / Fabric
- Heavy weight interfacing (what is interface?)
- Bias binding to finish the outer brim
Grab the PDF sewing pattern templates in my Pattern Shop
The PDF sewing pattern download prints in A4 or US letter size and you piece together the pages to make your full pattern.
NOTE: This pattern includes 1cm seam allowances.
If you are new to printing your own PDF sewing patterns see HERE
When you order your Zelena Sewing Pattern you will also receive full printable instructions, including a guide to help you choose hat size.
When you have your fabric and your paper pattern cut we'll start sewing...
Ready? Let's get started!
1> Firstly use your PDF pattern to CUT 2 brim pieces
Be sure to NOTCH the fold edges when cutting out which will help you construct later.
SEW with 1cm seam allowance and PRESS open seam
POKE out top point of you cone
3> JOIN your cap/cone to one of your brim pieces at the inner circle edge
Use NOTCHES to help you ease the cap to brim without stretching and pulling.
PIN inwards carefully so as not to prick yourself! Then sew slowly.
My advise would be to sew with the brim underneath so that you can make it all the way around matching notches as you go.
4> CLIP into the seam allowance to allow the seam to soften on the curve.
5> STABILIZE / INTERFACE your other brim (I usually choose iron on)
TOP TIP - when using interfacing, trim it slightly smaller the the area you are sticking it on, to avoid sticking to the table surface.
Also use a piece light cotton fabric between your iron and the fabric to avoid burning and getting any glue on your iron plate.
6> JOIN the stiff brim to your hat underside tucking seam allowance in out of view.
SEW the brim outer edges together and bind the edge if you have bias binding.
7> PIN inner edge of brim underside and tuck in cap seam allowance.
Pin towards the seam to avoid pricking yourself when sewing.
8> Last step is to SEW through all layers (stitch in the ditch) on the inner brim seam.
It's hard sewing on black so you'll need good light and possibly your glasses!
I find it easiest to hold the outer rim and allow the hat to swing SLOWLY in an arc.
Finally MARVAL at your fantastic work!
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As the pattern comes in 6 sizes why not consider twinning with a pal or even the kids if they'll let you.
See more HALLOWEEN projects HERE including some free templates
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Right I'm off bobbing for apples! Until next time, Happy sewing