Making a lined hat for a Sindy doll is double the effort of an unlined one but the process for making an unlined one is basically the same. Up until now the hats I’ve made to sell have all been lined, involving some hand-sewing to lessen seam bulk, otherwise the fit and finished size can be affected.
With dolls’ hats that are fully lined, I ensure the fabric used is not very thick because I use the same fabric for both the outer and inner pieces. Most importantly, I use a stretch fabric for the hat so that it fits snugly onto the doll’s head. I can safely say that my Sindy hats fare well in windy weather.
I’m fussy about raw edges, even on dolls’ clothes. Raw edges can mean frayable ones and that’s such a no-no for me. Also, I want all the items I make to be washable so I either line an item or overlock the fabric edges. This does add to the make-time but for me it’s worth it, because the finished look is so much better.
If you’ve never made a doll’s hat before but want to try, then felt is the perfect choice of fabric with which to start. Felt does produce a good look if the cutting out is accurate. It doesn’t fray so it doesn’t have to be lined and it’s soft enough to manage sewing a curved piece.
Sindy Doll Hat Sewing Pattern
Making Sindy a hat is a fun way to accessorise her and with Hobbycraft stores currently selling A4 size pieces of different coloured felt from 50p, Sindy can have a hat for all occasions.
The sewing pattern shown in this post (same style as ones I sell on Etsy) is now available to buy as a physical product. The Sindy hat pattern contains a printed set of instructions, 2mm thick template pieces, cut from premium grade MDF and a practise piece of felt. The templates can easily be drawn around with a soft pencil. (If your preference is a paper pattern to pin onto fabric then the template pieces can be used to make a paper pattern first).
The steps for making an unlined hat are detailed below but advanced or more confident sewists will be able to work out the next steps in order to line it. Once the hat’s made it can be customised with motifs and braid.
There are three pattern pieces to the hat sewing pattern. A brim (donut), a band (rectangle) and a top (circle). The pattern pieces include a ¼“ seam allowance. You don’t need a sewing machine to make this hat as it can be fully hand-sewn but the steps indicated below do include machine sewing.
It’s easier to see pencil-marked cutting lines on light colours so for my first attempt with felt I used a heart design on white background. In order to take more photos of the process for this blog post I made a second hat in yellow. The main thing is to take your time and use sharp dressmaking scissors to cut out the felt pieces neatly. Being accurate ensures the finished hat will be the right size.
Steps to Make an Unlined Felt Hat for Sindy
- For an unlined felt hat, cut out one piece each of the donut, the rectangle and the circle.
2. Fold the rectangle in half with the two short edges (right side) together and neatly hand-sew a running stitch along a ¼“ seam to keep it in place, then machine-sew. (For accuracy, I always hand-sew before I machine-sew).
3. Hand-sew the seams of the rectangle flat. (I use small tacking stitches). You will now have a circular hat-band piece.
4. Fold the hat-band in half at the seam edge and mark the ½ point top and bottom. Repeat for the ¼ points. (This helps later on to match the hat-band piece to the circle and then to the donut).
5. Fold the donut in half and mark the ½ points at the inner circle. Repeat to mark for the ¼ points.
6. Fold the circle in half and mark the ½ points at the outer edge. Repeat to mark for the ¼ points.
7. The next step is to attach the top piece (circle) to the hat-band piece (right sides together). Using pins, attach the circle piece to the hat-band, matching the marked points. Either fully hand-sew along the edge, or fix first with a running stitch and then machine-sew. You will now have a bucket-hat piece. Turn the bucket-hat right side out and try on Sindy to check the size.
8. The next step is to attach the bucket-hat to the donut piece (right sides together). Place the donut circle over the bucket-hat and using pins, attach them both together, matching the four marked points. Either fully hand sew a ¼“ seam along the edge, or hand-sew a running stich before machine sewing it.
Although the hat is finished at this stage, topstitching the brim seam will hold the seam edge neatly in place. I added this step at my second attempt but it’s not entirely necessary. The topstitching can either be machined or hand-sewn with small running stitches. I also added some braid.
Felt is a good choice if you fancy having a go at making your Sindy doll a hat (or a few hats!). Although it’s relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in small amounts, it’s very likely not colourfast. I wouldn’t want to wash it or have Sindy get caught in the rain.
My two Sindy models were very happy to pose for photos wearing the felt sunhats.
Luckily the size is good for Kruselings too!