There’s nothing like dressing for the season. If there’s a baby in the family, here’s your chance to dress him up as Santa’s little helper, with help from these super-cute handmade baby elf hats.
Any stretchy T-shirt will do but since it’s almost Christmas, red is our colour of choice.
DIY baby elf hats
Skill level: Easy
Time required: 15 mins
Stuff you’ll need: Sewing machine, red T-shirt, fabric marker and scissors.
1. For this project, you can either draw the pattern freehand or trace around an existing baby hat. Smooth out your T-shirt and draw the pattern on top with a 1cm seam allowance. For the bottom edge, leave about 12cm of seam allowance.
2. Cut around the pattern by snipping through the front and back layer of the T-shirt. You should end up with two hat shapes of the same size.
3. Sandwich the two pieces together. Using your sewing machine, make a zig-zag stitch all the way around the sides and top. This will keep the ends from fraying. Once that’s done, topstitch over the sides and top with a 1cm seam allowance.
4. Do not turn the piece right side out yet. Fold the bottom edge of your hat up about 5cm.
5. Make another fold by turning the bottom edge up for about 7cm this time.
6. To secure the folds, make a small 1cm horizontal stitch to the left and right sides of the hat. Now you can turn your finished hat inside out and knot the top.
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