Christmas Makes-cricket ball hat

This is actually a birthday present for someone inconsiderate enough (joking) to have a birthday in December…

As I said before, friends and family need to look away now.

The intended recipient of this gift is grown up, male and still slightly obsessed with cricket-both playing (despite being old enough to know better..) and watching.

I saw this fleece American football hat,

from Make It and Love It, on Pinterest while searching for ideas for presents, and it gave me the idea to try and make a cricket ball hat.

I followed the basics of the tutorial on the site, and then kind of made up my own embellishments.

On the slim off chance that anyone out there also has a cricket mad person they need a homemade present for, here is what to do…

You will need:

This is what you do:


-make sure you have your fleece lined up correctly-it will be more stretchy in one direction than the other, to make sure the stretchiest way is going from side to side of your hat, to make sure it will stretch over a reasonable sized head

-if like me you are drawing around a knitted type woolly hat, bear in mind that this will be much stretchier than fleece, so add a LOT extra

-also bear in mind that you want your hat to look round, so try and make your shapes as near to semi-circles as possible

(oh, the wisdom of hindsight. As you will see, I had to make this hat twice, so I am trying to share with you my mistakes!)

and sew around the circular edge bit (obviously leaving the bottom straight bit open, to place head in..). USE A ZIG ZAG STITCH (or a stretch stitch if you have a fancy pants sewing machine). This will allow the stitches to stretch with the fleece, which is quite important.

The lovely hubby, in his best C&A modelling pose….


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