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Date: 11/15/13 1:59 PM

I'm working on the hat in View A of KS 2951. It is a gift for my DGN who is almost five.

Description: Double layer hat has crown, side panel and the brim has topstitching (TS) detail.

The pattern suggests fusible interfacing which will be fused to the WS of both brim sections. Once assembly is complete, the brim assembly will be TS at 1/4" intervals around the outer edge. I have Pellon Craft Fuse 808, Pellow ShirtTailor or Horsehair Canvas (but it's not fusible; could use 101 Quilt Basting Spray) available in my stash. Which of these options would do a better job considering stiffness and that the TS will be very visible on the brim. I've seen this type of hat with a very floppy brim and others with stiffer, more supportive brims.

Hats are not my specialty. If any of the products above are considered inferior choices for hat making or just wouldn't hold up well after many machine washings, I also welcome suggestions of a better type of fusible interfacing.

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Date: 11/15/13 6:35 PM

The Pellon will hold up especially with top stitching and so would the horse hair. The brim should be stiffly floppy- if you get what I mean!

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Date: 11/15/13 6:45 PM

Thanks for that information, Sharon. I guess this type of hat is designed to be a little floppy in the brim.

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Date: 11/16/13 10:44 AM

yes, it's designed to be floppy. Horsehair canvas is not washable. Actually, you could use something like denim or canvas, cut on the bias for this, if you were into concentric rings of top-stitching, otherwise known as quilting. I've seen and bought hats of this style where the brim is just three layers quilted - not with batting, just muslin inside. Otherwise, just use a heavy fusible nonwoven interfacing. Make sure when you buy it that it says it's washable.

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Date: 11/16/13 12:51 PM

We have some of these bucket hats. One of the best things about them is that they are a bit floppy and can be rolled to tuck into a bag, pocket, backpack or suitcase. With the top stitching, anything more than a dress shirt weight interfacing would feel heavy. Ours came from REI, a store with a relatively young and active customer base.

Very cool gift.

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Date: 11/16/13 2:48 PM

Thanks for the information sings2high and a7yrstitch. I ended up using the Shirt Tailor interfacing. I'm getting ready to get started right now.

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Date: 11/22/13 9:38 PM

Here is a photo of the finished hat from the back. Thanks to everyone for their helpful advice.

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