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I've gone for options for this cut and sew pattern:
1. Make one hat, in your choice of red or blue, with a contrasting inside brim
2. Make a red hat and a blue hat, using a plain colour contrasting brim
3. Make one or two 'harlequin' hats with panels of alternating colours (one red, one blue all the way around, or two panels of one colour together at the front and the other four of the contrasting colour)
4. Make a reversible hat using all the pieces.
I designed this fabric years ago and was at that time screenprinting on a big trestle table in my Dad's shearing shed in South Australia. I was working very low tech at the time, so I used to print the bugs quite large scale and then handpaint them with bright colours for children's furnishing fabrics. I decided it was time to make my design digital and send it off to Spoonflower - so what better way to give it a whirl than on a hat.
The hat is best made with a sturdier fabric - linen-cotton canvas or the heavy cotton twill are both ideal. If you really want to make it out of cotton, I would recommend applying a woven interfacing to the crown pieces. The woven interfacing will do better in the wash, and breathe better than a non-woven interfacing. A fairly sturdy non-woven interfacing is best for the brim (without going over the top as interfacing that is too solid makes the brim harder to work with). The rows of topstitching through the layers of the brim add extra body to the rim so it doesn't go floppy.
The hat is really easy to make - my first one took less than an hour from start to finish.
Can't wait for mine to arrive in the mail so I can make it up! I so badly wanted to see what it looked like that I made a 'virtual' hat (which probably took as long as a real hat would have taken!)