This winter, I got really really cold.
My existing knit caps did little to shield my noggin from wind chill and snow. In a fit of pique, one night I threw all my inadequate hats into the giveaway bin and knocked together a new hat.
The shape was simple—just an oval the same circumference as my head, and a three-inch band for the sides. I made a muslin of the lining first, which saved this project from ruin: despite careful measuring, my first attempt was a bit too snug. I always hate making muslins instead of getting right into it, but every single time I put in the extra effort I save both frustration and fabric.
I made the lining next, basting it together and testing for fit. It was a great chance to use a bit of Cotton + Steel fabric I’d picked up as a souvenir. Then I used the same measurements to make the outside. I used some knit faux fur scraps I had left over from making pillow covers. I’m not sure exactly what animal is supposed to sport this kind of hide, but my nine-year-old friend calls it “porcupine fur” and I reckon that’s as good a guess as any.
Once I had completed both the lining and the outside pieces —they both looked like short half-cylinders at this point—I placed them right side together and stitched around where they joined. I left a few inches open so that I could turn the whole deal right side out, then stitched up that little gap by hand. And there was my new hat! Warm as toast and fluffy as a cloud.
Is it incredibly glamorous, or do I look like a porcupine has taken refuge on my head? I truly can’t decide, but waiting for the bus on a brisk winter day got a whole lot more pleasant.