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Winter DIY Fabric Project: Part 2…. the Winter Hat!

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Welcome to the Big Z Fabric sewing blog! In case you missed it, we’re working on a three piece winter combo – scarf, hat, and bag. If you’d like to make all three pieces, here what you will need.

Requirements for three piece winter set:

Note: I recommend you choose your fur and pleather first. You have many more options for fleece and lining, so they will be easier to match. All  fabrics are available from Big Z Fabric.

This scarf is part of our Winter Apparel combo.  We used 4 types of fabric in this project which includes a hat, a scarf, and a winter bag.  For these three projects we used the following Big Z Fabrics:


  • 1 yard 54-60” wide fake fur – I chose Faux Fake Fur Arctic Alaskan Husky Long Pile Fabric / Gray .
  • 1 yard pleather – I chose DuroLast™ Vinyl Faux Fake Leather Pleather Grain Champion PVC Fabric / Chocolate.
  • 1 yard 54-60” wide fleece – I chose Fleece Printed Fabric / Scott Checkered Color #7. This plaid really coordinates with my fur and my pleather
  • 1 yard lining – I like to use duck or canvas for stability, but you can also use a quilting cotton. I chose Solid Cotton Duck Canvas Fabric / Dark Brown.
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine


Today we’ll be tackling part two of our three piece winter combo – the hat! The crown of the hat is made with fleece while the brim is made of faux fur. You’ll need to do some measuring and pattern creation before you start, but I’ll walk you through the whole thing.Requirements:

  • ¼ yard of fur (9” by width of fabric)
  • ¼ yard of fleece (9” by width of fabric)
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

NOTE: You can pre-wash the fleece if you’d like, but I don’t recommend washing the fur. You can spot clean as necessary.


Faux fur should be cut in a single layer from the wrong side. Lay your fabric flat. Use a felt tip pen to draw your cutting lines. Then you can either use a sharp knife (like an Xacto blade) or slide your scissors UNDER the fur so that you are only cutting the backing. This way, you minimize the mess and maximize the amount of fur on your project.

Step 1: Do the math!

If you want to tuck your hair up, do it before you measure as it will affect how the hat fits. Once your hair is ready, measure around your head where you want the hat to sit.

It will probably be somewhere around 22-25”. Next, measure from the front of your head to the back where you want the hat to sit.

Take the measurement from around your head and divide it by 6. Add 1” for the seams. This will be the width of your pattern piece.

Using the measurement from over your head, divide it in half and add 1”. This will be the height of your pattern piece.

So for my head, I ended up with a width of 4.75” and a height of 8.5”. These are the only two measurements you will need.

Step 2: Draw the pattern pieces

Your main pattern piece will be a triangular shape. The base of the triangle is the width, and the height of the triangle is the height measurement. So, draw a horizontal line at the bottom of a piece of paper the same as the width of your pattern piece. Find the center of the line and draw a vertical line the same as your height measurement. Attach the two ends of the horizontal line to the top of the vertical line. It should look something like this:

diy fur hat step 2.1 measurements

Your head is, of course, not pointed, so you want to curve the lines a bit. Draw two curved lines outside the triangle something like this: Make sure that you don’t alter the width of the pattern piece at the bottom.

diy fur hat step 2.2 measurements

Step 3: Cut the fabric

You will need to cut six of the triangular pieces from your fleece. These will make up the crown of your hat.

You will also need to cut one piece of faux fur 6” wide and as long as your original measurement plus 1”. This will become the brim.

diy fur hat step 3.1 cut the  fabric

Step 4: Sew the crown of the hat

Put two of your fleece pieces right side together and stitch a ½” seam down one of the curved sides. Open them up and lay them right sides up. Place another fleece piece on top of your finished piece, right sides together, matching one of the curved edges. Sew that curved edge in a ½” seam. Open the piece up.

Follow the same process with the remaining three pieces. You should have two shapes that are a bit curved. Lay one piece on top of the other, right sides together. You are going to stitch one long seam across the top curved edge using a ½” seam allowance. When finished and opened up, your crown should look like a bowl or <gasp> the crown of a hat!

diy fur hat step 4.1 sew crown

Step 5: Adding the brim

Lay the crown aside and pick up the piece of faux fur. Put the two short ends right sides together and stitch a ½” seam. It should be the same measurement around as the crown of your hat. Pin the brim to the crown right sides together matching the raw edges. Stitch in a ½” seam all the way around. Don’t forget to pick out any fur that may have been caught in the seams. I slide an awl under the fur a few strands at a time and it slides right out of the seam.

diy fur hat step 5.1 add brim

Step 6: Finishing touches

Turn the raw edge of your brim under ½” and fold the brim in half. Pin the folded edge over the seam allowance where the brim meets the crown. Hand stitch in place hiding the seam allowance. You can turn the brim up or leave it down, whichever you prefer.

diy fur hat step  6.1 finishing touches

If you’d like to add a fur pompom, cut a circle of fur 4” across. Run a gathering stitch around the edge and pull it tight. Stitch to the top of the crown where all the seams meet. Or, you can leave it sleek and chic as I did. This will keep you toasty warm this winter!

diy fur hat finished product

Waterproofing Summer

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Summer is waiting in the wings with warmer weather and sunshine, and no one wants to be cooped up inside all the time with that going on! This excellent, stain resistant fabric comes in nine different colors for only $7.10 a cloth yard. Even better, it’s sixty inches wide and backed by a thin layer of polyvinyl chloride, making it 100% waterproof and more durable than many other outdoor fabrics.

If you wanted to make new cushions for your outdoor furniture, but you aren’t quite sure how much you need, measure twice and cut once. The downside to this fabric is that it has no stretch in any direction, so you wont eke out that extra quarter inch you need if you’ve cut it short.

In the meantime you could use it for tablecloths or picnic blankets, protecting you and your dishware from water on the grass or your patio table. Make yourself a porch awning or figure out how to stitch the edges together and make a tarp any size you need. With a bit more dedication, put together a patio umbrella, then scale it down to make one for yourself.

Then make a purse or wallet, just because.

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summer canvas fabric

A Spot Of Color

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They say a leopard cannot change its spots, but that hardly matters when it can change the colors instead. Luckily these spots come in ten distinct colors, all of them made of tiny sequins stitched onto a see-through mesh. Finished edges make this fabric stop at 54 to 56 inches wide, but each yard is only $24.99 and the spots range in sizes, with some of the largest being only two inches.

With this kind of range, it becomes useful for all sorts of projects. The sequins will shine and sparkle on any surface you put the cloth on, or the fabric can be worn like a veil. A dedicated and careful seamstress could cut each spot out and use it individually to touch up pants, shirts and handbags, while larger swaths could be cut for use in costumes, skirts and dresses, either on a complimentary color or a subtle pattern.

Regardless of what it’s placed on, the mesh does match the sequin color and will shade whatever’s underneath. Make sure to double check that it looks how you want it to before putting in your final stitches in, because undoing your threads might be a little tricky on mesh.

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Underwater Flowers and Ocean Jewels

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Flowers and leaves growing up like a vine, this fabric is fifty one inches across with the thickest portion of the pattern approximately six inches across. The center of every flower bears a glittering gem and the backing is a non-stretch mesh for transparency, making the detail work superb for something that sells at only $36.99 a yard.

Coming in eleven colors, this would be an excellent fabric for wedding or mourning veils, or to add just a touch of class to a fancy hat. Because of the way the pattern is done, you should be prepared to sacrifice parts of it for smaller cuts, and maybe trim the edges in a bit of ribbon to prevent unraveling. Sleeves also wouldn’t be difficult to make, or it could be affixed to your wall as a reusable alternative to wallpaper.

If you’re okay with losing part of the pattern, then this becomes an excellent fabric for laying over another, for things such as purses, the bodice and skirt of dresses, or dramatic flare for every-day shirts and jeans. The important thing is that this looks like embroidery on other material, but significantly decreases the hassle of trying to do it yourself.

underwater flowery gem lace fabric