Joan the Wad accordingly with Wikipedia, was Jack’o Lantern’s wife, otherwise known as the Queen of Pixies!

Maybe you know that I have the Queen of Pixies living below my roof… it’s LilPotato! Well, some days ago, she told me: “Mum, I want a new hat, but it has to be pink, and pointy… and with a scarf attached… and with a flower on topwhite!”

OMG – the girl has very clear ideas on what she wants to wear!

So her mad mom (aka me!) started drafting… and here’s Serger Pepper’s version of

Joan the Wad hat

… wait, what? You can’t find a drawing with Joan the Wad wearing a hat? I know!

But, if she would wear one, I’m sure she would choose this one!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

What you need:

boiled wool for the exterior layer (you can use felt, or boil your own sweater of wool fabric, just choose something stiff, so the pointy end can stand up!)

cotton knit or woven for the lining

– cotton rib knit for the binding (an underwear tank or a t-shirt to be refashioned are perfect!); you’ll need a strip 220 cm (87″) long (on the stretchiest direction) and 6 cm (2 1/2″) high for all sizes!

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Instructions:

Cutting fabrics

Lay your pattern pieces on boiled wool and outline with chalk (1 cm seam allowances are already included, where needed!)

Remember: you need 2 mirrored ear flaps and 2 mirrored top pointy portions of the hat.

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesCut fabric and set aside; in one of the earflap (you can decide now which one, left or right) cut the hole as for pattern instructions.

No seam allowances included here, the hole draw is for the stitching line!

If you’re using a lightweight wool (not suggested… the pointy hat won’t stand up!), start with a smaller hole, or your scarf won’t stay put. I’d suggest you making a sample hole with some scraps of your fabrics to see how it goes!

Cut the same pieces on your lining fabric (choose a natural fiber to avoid static electricity on hairs – I chose knit because of its stretch, more comfy on head).

Do not cut holes in lining’s earflap now here!

Sew the hole!

Match two earflaps (one from the main fabric, one for lining – IMPORTANT: choose them mirrored!) right sides together and pin, then sew around the hole, using the smallest seam allowances you feel comfy with (2mm?), but try not to sew out of the main fabric! Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes TIP: use the smallest stitch length you can (I use a 1,5) and go really slowly, carefully guiding your fabric under the sewing foot. When you reach the pointy end you can use your hand wheel too, to be even more precise!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Cut now the lining along the center of the hole, then trim seam allowances the smaller, the better!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

… now trim!

Turn inside out by pulling your lining inside the hole: I know, there are a lot of wrinkles and fabric pulling here and there: nothing that some more trimming and pressing can’t smooth!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes When you feel like you’re satisfied with your result, pin around the hole (to be sure your lining won’t pop out during next step), checking both sides:Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Topstitch all around the hole.

TIP: I used a contrasting thread (white) because I liked the result, but you can choose a matching threadto better hide a topstitching not perfectly straight!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Congrats with yourself. you did the trickiest part!

Now, it’s all ordinary administration 🙂

Assembling the hat pattern pieces

Let’s sew the top hats to the earflaps, on both linings and main fabrics (total 4 times!)

Simply match top hat bottom edge to top earflap edge, then sew, using our 1 cm seam allowance.

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes TIP: use a ballpoint needle to sew knit on knit, and an elastic stitch, if available on your sewing machine (I use a triple straight stitch): a hat isn’t going to stretch a lot but better not risk!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Match now your right sides to your left sides on main fabric,  all along the center front seam. Use a lot of pins (or, if you prefer, baste by hand) to be sure your horizontal seams are perfectly meeting on center front seam: if you make this wrong, it’s going to show on your finished Joan the Wad Hat and you’ll complain this later, so take your seam ripper, if it’s not ok, and unpick and re-stitch until satisfied!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesWhen it’s ok, press seams opened

With wool, use a press cloth between your iron and the fabric to protect it and prevent a shine!

Repeat on lining (here Mamma says you’re allowed to be lazy – nobody will notice if it’s a little bit wonkier, inside!!)

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Press seams opened here too!

Let’s close now the center back seams but, before you press seams opened,I’d suggest you to try your hat on to be sure about the fit (without turning it inside out) and eventually take in a little along back seam. (Remember to take in the same amount on lining back seam!) When it fits, press seams opened; I’d suggest you to use a tailor’s ham for the lower (bigger) part:

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesand a sausage roll  for the tighter (upper) portion. Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesOn main fabric, trim seam allowances the more the better on hat’s pointy upper end.

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesOn the lining, I’d suggest you to sew an horizontal line to keep fabric from raveling, like this:

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes… and then cut the point out!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesSorry for the white balance, gone fishing!

And here you can see both the main and the lining  pieces with seam allowances pressed open:

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesOn the edges!

You’re now ready to put together your hat: insert the lining in the main fabric Wrong Sides Together and pin all around the raw edge to keep in place

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Sew all round with a zig-zag: this will help you while binding!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Creating binding strips:

I chose to use a rib knit, refashioned from a kid’s white tank 🙂

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

I chose knit because I’d like some stretch here (binding rounded corners is easier with knits – I wouldn’t suggest you to use a bias strip here!)

You need to cut a strip 220 cm (87″) long (on the stretchiest direction) and 6 cm (2 1/2″) high for all sizes!

You can join shorter strips by stitching them one to each other along the 6 cm (2 1/2″) side, right sides together, then press seam allowances open.

Press your binding in half lengthwise, keeping outside the right side of the fabric.

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesPin binding’s raw edge on hat’s raw edge on lining side, starting a little before the back center seam; pin all around.

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesWhen you reach the back center seam again, trim the exceeding binding and fold the short raw edge on itself, then put it against the hat (leaving the other binding end raw edge on top!) and secure with one more pin!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Sew all around the hat edges on binding.

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesTip: set a short stitch length and go really slow, to be sure you catch all the layers.

When you reach the center back seam, carefully sew turning your hand wheel:  it’s stiff here, you don’t want to break anything!

Trim any exceeding fabric to have a regular (and smaller) seam allowance – ignore that you’re cutting your zig-zag row of stitches,B!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Now wrap your binding around the edge, pinning it on the right side of the hat: keep it regular in width and pin a lot, especially on the rounded corners!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes Topstitch on right side on the edge of the binding (on lining you’ll see a line of stitching: if you’d like to see it less, better choose a color that can blend)

Put a flower on top of your Joan the Wad Hat!

You’re done with your hat, but you can add a really simple t-shirt flower by cutting some refashioned white t-shirt jersey, and adding a button in the middle:

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

I’ve followed this easy tutorial I’ve found online, except for the glue part – I handstitched it!

Just to add some more fun, we’ve added a gold button in the middle and handstitched the t-shirt flower on top of our Joan the Wad Hat!

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesLet’s go out and have some fun, now:

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizes

Serger Pepper - FREE exclusive pattern - Joan the Wad Hat - child and adult sizesThat’s all for today!
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