You won’t believe how easy it is to make a chef hat. Just a few steps you can whip one up in no time at all. They make great handmade gifts, especially when paired with a matching apron! Add a few cooking supplies and you have a fun and useful gift!
Kids Chef Hat Supplies
- 1 – 18″ fabric circle
- 1 – 8″ X 24″ fabric rectangle
- 1 – 8″ X 24″ lightweight to medium weight iron on interfacing
- dental floss
- 1/2 inch Velcro (about 12″)
- 3″ piece of double fold bias tape
How to make a chef hat
Follow these steps and you will be able to make loads of kids chefs hats! This hat is adjustable so it will fit kids of all ages.
Iron interfacing to the 8″ X 24″ piece of fabric following manufacturer’s instructions. Press fabric in half lengthwise and press each edge under 1/2″.
Fold piece right sides together, starting 1/2″ down from the open side, stitch across each end.
Turn right side out.
Stitch a 3″ piece of bias tape around an edge of the fabric circle.
Around the outside edge of the fabric circle use a wide zigzag to stitch over a piece of dental floss starting and stopping on each side of the 4-inch piece bias tape. Be careful not to catch the floss with the needle. This traps the floss and allows it to be pulled to gather.
This method is used to gather the circle (as opposed to sewing two rows of basting type stitches and pulling the seams to gather). This starts at one end of the 4″ bias tape that was sewed on previously and ending at the other end of the bias tape.
You can always sew two rows of stitches to gather. I prefer the dental floss because I never worry about the gathering threads breaking.
Pin the band piece around the gathered edge. Find the center of band and center of the top piece and begin pinning there. Adjust gathers until the band fits the gathered edge, starting at stopping about a 1/4″ over the bias tape on each side (notice how the 1/2″ that wasn’t sewn on each end neatly slips around the bias tape). Pin heavily to keep in place. This takes some adjusting but it is so nice to have all the unfinished edges covered.
Sewing very close to the edge, sew band to the top of the hat, removing pins as sewing to keep band flat. It might be necessary to slightly pull the band to keep it smooth.
In the back fold left side over as far as the bias tape opening will allow on top of right side. Place Velcro in this overlapping area and sew all four pieces to the hat band.
Sew along each edge of each end if desired, to close area placed over bias tape.