By Abby Pecoriello
photography © 2008 Raphael Buchler and Deborah Ory
illustrations © Elizabeth Lee
If your baby likes The Ramones more than The Wiggles, try this hat on for size. In just under an hour, you can transform your little prepster into a little Kid Vicious (without ponying up the extra cash for the actual haircut, which might not go over so well with Grandma). If you and your child like to keep a low profile, this is not the hat for you. People can’t help but point and stare. Heck, you might even have a brush with the paparazzi.
what you’ll need:
• 3/8 yard solid or patterned (fleece 1*)
• 1/8 yard solid or patterned (fleece 2*)
• Fabric scissors
• Permanent marker or chalk
• Tape measure (or hat that fits your child)
• Eyelet pliers
• Rotary cutter (optional)
• Cutting mat (optional)
• Patches (optional)
1. Measure and cut a 10" × 20" piece from fleece 1. (The fabric should stretch along the 10" side.) Note: This hat is sized for infants to two-year-olds.
2. Measure and cut twenty-four 8" × ½" strips from fleece 2. (The fabric should stretch along the ½" sides.)
3. Fold the 10" × 20" piece of fleece in half with the folded part on the top.
4. Measure around the widest part of your baby’s head, divide by two, and add ¾". Mark a horizontal line equal to that measurement 3" up from the bottom (A).
5. Mark a vertical line (B) equal to length A that extends up from the midpoint of A. Draw an arc connecting the ends of A and the top of B. Note: As an alternative, use a child’s rounded knit cap as a template, and trace ¼" to ½" wider than its perimeter. Add an upside-down half-moon shape for the bottom of the hat (to create ear flaps).
6. Cut along the dotted lines, through both layers.
7. Use the eyelet pliers to punch twenty to twenty-four holes evenly spaced, through both layers ¼" in from the long arc of the hat.
8. Fold one strip in half and push the folded loop through both layers of the first holes. Take the two loose ends of the folded strip and thread them through the loop to create a cow hitch knot. Pull it tight. Repeat until all strips are looped in place.
9. Give your mohawk a trim. Keep the ends longer for a floppy look, or cut them short for a spikier, edgier look. Then put it on your little wild child and watch him rock the sandbox.
Excerpted from Crafty Mama Makes 49 Fast, Fabulous, Foolproof (Baby & Toddler) Projects by Abby Pecoriello.
Copyright © 2006 by Abby Pecoriello. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc., New York. All Rights Reserved.
[*Step-by-step illustrations requested from publisher’s art department (will forward them when/if received), but it’s okay to scan them from the book too. I put the book in your in-box.]
[*The publisher requires that we put the book cover somewhere in the layout, but she’s fine with it being small-ish next to the source credit (“excerpted from…”) or wherever.]