Fanciful Delights BJD Flapper Hat Tutorial

Fanciful Delights’ BJD Flapper Hat Tutorial

Making this flapper style hat for your BJD is as easy as 1-2-3! There are only three pieces to sew together, either by hand or with a sewing machine. This tutorial shows how to create the body of the hat. Decorating the hat is left to your imagination!

This tutorial shows the project being hand-sewn. I find hand-sewing much more relaxing. It’s not about how fast I can make a hat, but how much I enjoy the process. And really, sewing the body of the hat takes no more than 15 minutes! I like to use embroidery floss to do the sewing because it’s nice and sturdy. If you prefer using a sewing machine with regular thread, that is fine too.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Materials

  • One 9″ x 12” piece of felt
  • Embroidery floss (use 3 strands) or sewing thread in a matching color
  • Sewing needle
  • Trims, beads, ribbons, feathers, etc…
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Compass or ruler

Create the pattern

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Measure the circumference of the ball-jointed doll’s head. (e.g., 8 inches)

Divide the circumference by 6.28. (e.g., 8 / 6.28 = 1.3)  The result of the division equals the radius “r” of the circle that will form the top of the hat.

Using a compass, draw a circle with a radius “r”. (e.g., 1.3 inches)

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

(Note: If you don’t have a compass, you can draw lines the length of “r” radiating out from a center point, and then draw a circle by hand from point to point.)

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Draw another circle around the first circle. To make a narrow brim, draw the second circle close to the first one. To make it wider, draw the circle farther out.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Measure your BJD’s forehead, from the eyebrows to just above the top of the forehead. This is going to be the depth of the doll’s hat.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Draw a rectangular piece whose length is the circumference of the head (e.g., 8 inches), and whose width is the depth of the forehead.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Cut the pattern pieces out. First, cut along the outer circle. Then cut out the inner circle. Then cut the band. You will end up with a doughnut and a band.

Cut the Felt Pieces

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Pin the pattern pieces to the felt.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Cut the pieces out.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Fold the circular piece over in half. Make a little cut along the inner circle. Then open the piece again, and cut the central circle out.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

You will have a doughnut, a circle, and a band.

Sew the Hat

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Fold the band over, and sew the ends together using a whip stitch.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

With the band still inside out (seam is still sticking out), sew the circle to the top of the band.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

The top of the hat is complete.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Turn the hat upside down, with the top of the hat resting on the table.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Place brim on the hat.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Sew the brim on.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Trim any thread ends.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Turn the hat right side out.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

Fold the front of the hat brim up, and sew it to the body of the hat.

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

This is the completed body of the hat. Now, have fun adding trims, beads, ribbons, and feathers…!

Fanciful Delights BJD Hat Tutorial

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She is Roweena23 on Den of Angels

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~BJDmagazine

16 thoughts on “Fanciful Delights’ BJD Flapper Hat Tutorial

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I am very ignorant when it comes to sewing but tried this easy tutorial and made a hat for one of my dolls. I can't believe that I finally was able to make something for my dolls. Thank you again and please share more easy to do tutorials.
    Inti

    1. Dear Inti – reading your comment makes Caroline and me very happy. We will continue trying to create tutorials that are beautiful and easy. We'd love to see your pictures. If you use flickr, you can add it to the "BJDmagazine Tutorials" group. To do this, view the picture, click Actions > Add to / remove from group, and then enter "BJDmagazine Tutorials".

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