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Don't get big-headed about hats

Hunter's hat

Hat in progressMom sent me a fun birthday package full of odds and ends of crafting supplies.  The pieces that spoke to me immediately were two chunks of fleece fabric cut into the shape of a hat.  I figured, why not sew them together and have headgear for hunting season?

Of course, I couldn't help getting a bit fancy, which turned out to be my downfall.  After sewing the two pieces of fleece together, I cut a bit off another piece of fabric Mom had given me (from somewhere far away --- want to remind me where this came from, Mom?).  The idea was to attach it to the bottom and inside of the fleece so I could fold the bottom of the hat up to have a different-colored brim.

Hat comparison

What I didn't take into account is that the other fabric lacked the fleece's stretch, and that the fold took away some critical millimeters of head space.  So my final hat was too tight to beat out my old standby, shown on the left and bought by my mother-in-law at a goodwill about five years ago for fifty cents.  I guess I'll have to give the don't-shoot-me hat to someone a bit less big-headed than me.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Maybe that cloth came from Panama or Guatemala.. . You can always just take it apart and fix it!

Comment by adrianne Wed Dec 18 08:23:34 2013
I'm with the previous comment - what if you took the stitches out of the border and re-sewed...but this time cut the stripey fabric on a diagonal (bias) so that it has more stretch to it
Comment by Rena Wed Dec 18 10:44:13 2013
I think your hat is so beautiful. I love the other one too. Do you think you could add elastic to the brim so it will stretch?
Comment by DeeAnn Thu Dec 19 02:05:42 2013

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