bias tape I made a few weeks ago? I used it to make this cute little sunhat using a tutorial from Prudent Baby for a friend a couple of weeks ago (and baby E arrived yesterday! Hooray!). The shoes are the kimono shoes from Homespun Threads, with bias tape, piping and applique embellishments.
Both patterns are very simple. The free shoe pattern is only for 0-3 months, so I got a 6-12 month pair of shoes and traced the sole and resized the pattern that way. I also wanted to make one pair reversible, and struggled a little bit with figuring out how to do that. I didn't take any pictures of the process (sorry!), but I pieced together the shoes except for the outer sole. That piece I laid wrong-side up on top of the shoe, sewed it down except at the heel, turned the whole thing inside out and hand-sewed the heel closed. Make sense? Probably not -- sorry again for no pictures.
1. Cut four hat pieces from the flowered fabric, four interfacing and four from a plain white cotton lining. Iron the interfacing onto the flowered hat pieces, then sew them together according to the tutorial. Sew the lining pieces the same way. I overlocked the seams just because.
2. With the wrong sides together, pin the lining to the hat. Try to fold the seams over so they lie in different directions.
3. On the outside, sew about 1/4 of an inch from the seams on either side, like a baseball cap. Just go from edge to edge, criss-crossing at the peak of the hat.
5. To do this, pink or overlock your raw edges.
Then enclose them in double-fold bias tape and sew.
6. I also attached some ric-rac to the brim. To get a tidy seam with the ric-rac, you'll fold the finishing end under like this (this picture shows the beginning end, just so it's easier to see the fold):
I finished the hat with a crochet button. Be very very careful with buttons of any kind on baby clothes and toys -- this one's big and sewn on quite tightly. It'll also unravel if it's pulled off -- it's just a crocheted dome stuffed with yarn. The last thing you want is for a little one to pull that button off and choke!
Thanks to Prudent Baby and Homespun Threads for the patterns!
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