Hello to you all! So happy to be part of the Ornament Parade this year! I'm Angel and I have a sewing blog FleeceFun.com, although I confess that I don't always use fleece. My website features free patterns to download with picture and video tutorials. Some of Fleece Fun's Most popular patterns are: A fleece ribbon hat, Fleece Flapper Headband, children's fleece pants (sizes 3 mo to 5t), Fleece Cowl Capelet, and Santa Hat (sizes baby to adult). My patterns are easy enough for beginners, but simple enough for an advanced sewer to add their own twist. Today I'll show you how to make a mini top hat for your tree.
For this project you will need the following:
- 1/8 yard ( or less I used scraps I had) of fleece or felt
- The free Fleece Fun .pdf pattern printed on card stock (You can download that here)
- Spray on Adhesive
- Glue Gun
- Jingle Bell
- Small Items to decorate your hat
- Small clip
You will need to print the pattern onto card stock as the pattern will become part of the hat . Cut out the pattern.
Trace the pattern onto the cloth using a marking pen (or even a regular pen – as long as it doesn't bleed through the fabric. Be sure to trace the brim once, with a hole in the center.
Then cut down all the pattern pieces to the dotted line. Then trace the brim again using the cute down pattern piece - with no hole in the center this time.
You now have four pieces of fabric cut out. set the brim piece that does not have a hole in the center aside.
Spray the back side of the card stock with glue and center on each piece (there should be about a small allowance all the way around – except for the hole in the center of the brim. That should just line up with the fabric.
Using a glue gun, fold over the excess fabric and glue down along all the edges of the pieces with the exception of the brim piece that doesn't have a hole – set piece aside.
Taking the wall piece, gently fold it around so the two ends barely over lap. Glue ends together, be sure to hold it for a while to secure or use a clothes pin or clip to hold it in place. Step 4
Once the wall is secure it's time to add the top of the hat. Using your glue gun, glue around the the top part of the wall, just barely on the inside place top on glue hold in place to secure for a few seconds
Place glue on the bottom of the wall of the hat (lining up the bottom circles) and press firmly onto the brim. You may need to hold this for several seconds to ensure it is well glued.
Tip: Place the seam where you will adding all your decorations or where it will be facing the tree – that way it can be covered. In my example I placed the seam in the very back of the hat. The brim is an oval shape – the sides should be the thinnest part of the oval and the brim should be wider at the front and back of the hat.
For extra support tape a few pieces of tape between the brim and the wall of the hat.
Slip in a jingle bell for extra cheer.
Using your glue gun, place glue on the brim card board and place remaining piece of the brim on it, sealing off the hat. Then Using glue all along the edge of the brim fold over excess of cloth to finish off.
Note: Excess is already folded over in the example in the picture, but it will make a nicer edge if you do it this way.
Add a couple of clips so you can clip to the tree. Or you can glue ribbon to the top to hang it like a traditional ornament.
Now comes the fun part….
This for me is the best part! Add ribbon, tulle, beading, feathers, buttons, brooches, glitter, you name it and make this hat your own. I used a miniature snow flake ornament and ribbon. Old jewelry would work well too. Sky is the limit and your creativity reigns – what will your hat look like?
Inspiration ideas for this ornament:
- Go Elfish – Add a scarf and make it look like an elf has just stopped by!
- Go Formal – a tree with top hat and bow ties is dressed for any occasion
- Go Unique – a steampunk themed tree with planes and gears and top hats would unusual
- Go Dickens – draw inspiration from the greatest Christmas Novella ever written and include elements from Dickens' time and "A Christmas Carol" to deck out your tree!