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hat for parade

rsolish | Posted in General Discussion on

hi to all
i didn’t write for ever soo long, but am still here.
i have a question:
i need to sew 12 hats for boys to wear in a parade while they drum.
out of what fabric should i make it in order for it to be stiff enough?
is there a easy way to do this?
i attached a picture of what the hat should like
any input will help as long as it’s asap
thanks to you all for all the inspiration
Raya
from Netaya

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  1. rsolish | | #1

    forgot pict;

  2. KharminJ | | #2

    Hi Raya!Cool hats! A couple of questions first ~ One-time use, or will they have to stand up to the rigors of boys' use (and abuse!) for a while? That will make a difference in construction techniques and materials. And - Do you have a sample, or just the picture to work from? A sample would make your patterning easier, but isn't really necessary. There's several different base materials you can use, depending on your budget and local resources: ~ buckram (old fashioned hat stiffener); ~ Timtex or Peltex (stiff, thick craft interfacings - may be fusible or not, it doesn't matter, because you don't *have* to fuse it, just cover it with your "outside" fabric); ~ craft foam - 1/8th inch thick and flexible, can be taped together to form the hat body and the brim, may be available in the right color, so you wouldn't need to cover it.~ Also, latch-hook canvas or stiff needlepoint canvas.And, if you have a handy hardware store, but not a crafty-stuff store, window screening (either plastic or aluminum)! *** Make a rough pattern before you buy anything - the curves and the height of the hat mean you may need a much larger piece of stiffener than it looks like. Some of those bases only come in relatively narrow widths, which complicates things. Good Luck, and keep us posted! Kharmin

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      ThreadKoe | | #3

      Kharmin, you had some super ideas there! I think you left out one tho...and it comes in really wide widths. The very heavy stabilizer used for embroidery! The leave in stabilizer is quite heavy also, and is quite cost effective as well. And it stands up to a lot of abuse. Cathy

      1. KharminJ | | #4

        Good point! I'm not into embroidery so much, so not real familiar with those products. Thanks for the heads up! K

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          ThreadKoe | | #5

          I used some for making Wings for a costume. I have even machine washed them, and they still stand fairly well, tho floppy now after a couple of years of use. Cathy

      2. rsolish | | #7

        thanks
        is there any name for it? is it used for machine embroidery or hand? our stores in Netanya, Israel, don't have a lot of different kinds and don't always know what i'm talking about
        Raya

    2. rsolish | | #6

      wow!! thank you for a load of ideas
      the hats are for once a year use and are in storage in between.
      i have a pattern more or less from which i made these hats out of a plastic crafty (in Hebrew called mapal) but it got squashed so i;am looking for other possibility.
      i don't think the craft foam will last over the years.
      the different kind of stiffeners or interfacings sound good, will have to see what i can find here (usually not a big selection)
      would it work to make it out of fake leather?
      thank you
      Raya

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