Free Directions to Sew a Chef's Hat

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    Materials & Cutting Directions

    Young boy baking in chef's whites
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    Materials List:
    • 3/4 Yard of 44-45" wide fabric - white or an appropriate novelty print. Hot chili pepper print comes to my mind.
    • Thread
    • Interfacing
    • 4" of 1" wide hook and loop tape
    • Sewing Machine

    Cutting Directions:


    • 22" circle with 3 1/2" slit towards the middle from one edge
    • 8" by 25 1/2" band on straight of grain of fabric and of interfacing - Cut the interfacing to match this band. Baste or fuse the interfacing and work them as one piece through the rest of the directions.
    • 7&#...MORE34; strip of bias double folded tape (3/8" wide when folded)

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    Attach Bias Tape

    Photo of bias tape being sewn to slit in circle.
    Bias tape being sewn to slit in circle. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Apply bias tape to the slit in the circle.
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    Gather & Attach the Circle to the Band

    A photo of the circle being attached tot he band.
    Circle being attached to the band. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Run gathering stitches (2 to 3 rows of basting stitch) on the edge of the circle. Set aside.

    Place wrong sides of the band together folding the band in half on the 25 1/2" length. Use a 1/2" seam on each end of the strip. Turn right sides out and press so that the raw edges are together.


    Find the 1/4 marks of the circle, using the slit for one mark, by folding the circle in quarters.


    Fold the band in quarters and mark the quarter points.


    Gather the circle to fit the band, matching bias tape edges to...MORE the ends of the band and the quarter marks that you made on the band and the circle.


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    Sew the Circle to the Band

    A photo of the circle and band sewn together.
    Sewn circle and band. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Use a 1/2" seam to attach the circle to the band. Serge or zigzag the seam allowance.
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    Top Stitch the Band

    Photo of details when top stitching the band.
    Top stitch the band, tacking the seam allowance. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Top stitch the edges of the band, using the top stitching to tack the seam allowance to the band.
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    Attaching the Hook & Loop Tape

    A photo showing the details of attaching the hook and loop tape.
    Attach the hook and loop tape just above the half way mark on the band. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Fold the band in half up towards the hat.

    Finger press this crease.


    Line the hook and loop up along this crease as shown in the photo. Make sure you have the hook and loop on opposite sides of the band so they will overlap to close the hat.


    Top stitch the hook and loop tape in to place.