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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Making a sleep hat/cap ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 11/16/10 1:15 PM

I tried making one of those old fashioned sleep caps...kinda like a Santa Claus hat, but with a much longer tail. The Scotish cartoon Wee Willie Winkie wore this. Anyways, I don't have a pattern, nor could find one. So I just sewed up a very long triangle. But the hat won't stay on my head! Even though it fits around the brim, It's too tight around my head. I'm NOT using a stretch fsbric...I'm using SILK. (My theory is that my curly hair will stay in place during the night). Any suggestions?

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Date: 11/16/10 3:25 PM

Elastic? Velcro adjustment strap?

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Date: 11/16/10 3:30 PM

A silk pillowcase should do the same thing. I used to use satin for my pillowcases as a teenager and my hair hardly got messed up. Good luck and let us know if it works.

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Date: 11/16/10 3:51 PM

You're right, I could easily add elastic...but the hat is too tight around my head!

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Date: 11/16/10 3:54 PM

Yes, I'm with you on that. I just made several silk pillowcases. They say satin but I guess silk can be satin too? Well, after I made the satin/silk pillowcases I realized it was all for naught because I sleep with a hat on my head anyway! So my head would never touch the pillowcase! So. I 'd like to try making a silk hat, since that's what would be touching my head.

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Date: 11/16/10 4:32 PM

You might look at the features of this RTW sleep bonnet. The reviewers really seem to like it.

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Date: 11/16/10 4:54 PM

my thoughts...
You measured where you wanted the brim, then sewed a triangle from there. That tightened the hat too soon for a round head. You need the hat to be a tube for a few inches then taper out as long as you want it.

Measure your head circumference where you want the band, then up an inch, then another inch and maybe a 4th time. Make the triangle at the point the hat will not be touching your head.

make sense?

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Date: 11/16/10 5:59 PM

Kathy, you're a genius. I feel like such a fool now. All these years on earth, and not I'm still not familiar with the human anatomy! I guess I really fouled up. I will try your suggestion. TY!

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Date: 11/16/10 6:00 PM

I will definitly consider buying this bonnet...especially if I don't succed in making one! Thanks!

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Date: 11/20/10 11:10 PM

I also have curly hair, and although I have silk pillowcases which I like in summer, but when the weather turns cold (as it has), I prefer to sleep with some sort of cap. I'm finding that my hair has grown enough over the summer that I need something larger than the ones I preferred last winter.

McCalls 4116, views D, E, or G might work as sleep caps. G is similar to the caps my hair has outgrown. I've got the pattern, but haven't sewn it yet.

Also, I think you could just cut a circle with a circumference at least 1 1/2 that of your head, turn a hem, then sew a casing, and thread elastic through it, that would work. If you want to be fancy, you could use a pretty ribbon instead of the elastic, and tie it to fit. I think these were called mob caps, and it might be possible to find a pattern for one in colonial era costumes. I've occasionally looked at them, but never been sufficiently impressed to spring for a pattern (which is almost entirely something else with the cap thrown in as an afterthought).

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