Christmas DIY: Earflap Hat Ornament

Earflap Hat Ornament
I’ve made some pretty dang cute things for this tree, but this one is hands down my favorite. And believe it or not it was one of the least complicated. You don’t even need a pattern! And no holes to sew shut! As I’m discovering, everything is cuter in miniature, and I think bulky winter clothing might be the very cutest.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 1
Your pattern pieces are just:
4 pieces of the exterior fabric measuring 3″ x 4″
4 pieces of the interior fabric measuring 3″ x 4″
2 pieces of the exterior fabric measuring 3″ x 3″
2 pieces of the interior fabric measuring 3″ x 3″
A piece of yarn for the hanger
and two pom poms on a string.

To make the pom poms I used my earlier tutorial and wrapped the yarn 50 times around my index finger. Then I was sure to leave myself about a five inch tail.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 2
Fold each of your fabric pieces in half, start cutting about halfway down the side, and then round up to the top to create the curve shape. Consistency is the only thing that matters here, not the angle or anything, so I like to cut on piece and use it as a pattern for all the others.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 3
Match two larger pieces of the exterior fabric together and sew from the bottom up to the point of the curve, then stop. Repeat this for the other two large exterior pieces, and for two of the large interior pieces.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 4
With the last two large interior pieces, leave a one inch gap somewhere along that seam you’re sewing, so you’ll have a space for turning.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 5
Open up both of the large exterior pieces and sew them together across that long curve, placing the yarn loop for hanging in between them. Sew the large interior pieces together as well. This makes the crown of your hat.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 6
The smaller pieces are for the earflaps. Match them up across from one another on the bottom of the crown piece. To make sure the seams end up on the correct side, the earflap pieces should be lined up on the inside of the crown. Sew across. Repeat for the interior piece.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial Step 7
Pin the interior and exterior pieces right sides together. Pin the earflaps together with your pom poms stuffed inside so that only the end of the yarn tail pokes through. Sew around the edges of the earflaps, across the crown, back down around the other earflap, and then back across the crown to where you started. Turn it right side out by pulling the whole thing through that whole you left in the lining, and then tucking the lining up inside the hat.

Earflap Hat Ornament Tutorial
It’s cute with the pom poms hanging loose, or you could flip the earflaps up and use the poms to tie them in place. I did a bit of both on my tree.

The pattern can be adjusted to any size you want, in fact, if you just add a few inches you could take this same silly ornament pattern and make an actual hat out of it. Or a BABY HAT! :gasp: Somebody point me to a newborn. STAT.

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