This week, school's across the country are celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with lots of reading and all sorts of fun activities.
Sadly, because of a snow storm earlier this week we missed the first two wacky days: "mismatched shoes day" and "fox in socks day". But, yesterday was "wocket in my pocket day" which Violet got a huge kick out of. And today, is none other than "wacky hat day"!
While we do have lots of hats floating around our house, none of them is quite "wacky", but that Cat in the Hat's hat surely is so using the bits and pieces of red and white felt that I had left after making campfires I thought I'd try to whip one up!
First, it is far from perfect...but hey, it's supposed to be a bit wonky right! Second, while both kids loved the hat, the first thing they each said was, "It's not tall enough!" Hey, I was working with limited supplies and on the spur of the moment!
To make, it's a bit rudimentary, but... I simply measured head circumference with a piece of ribbon, laid the ribbon down on top of a piece of white felt in the shape of a circle, traced. Cut out the center of the circle (set aside). If possible have child try it on to check the sizing.
Next, cut around the outside of the circle to make a brim approximately 2" wide. Using the first brim piece as a template trace and make an additional white felt brim piece, stitch both together, this makes the brim sturdy.
Next, measure the inside circumference of the brim, add 1" to that measurement. Cut 3 red strips and 2 white strips of felt that are approximately 2" wide and the length of the inner circumference of the brim plus 1". Sew strips together with 1/4" seam allowance alternating red,white,red...Once all strips have been sewn together, sew them together (right sides facing) with 1/2" seam allowance to make a striped tube.
Pin striped felt tube with right sides facing to the brim, stitch with 1/4" seam allowance. Lastly, using the cut out from center of your brim piece as a template cut out a red felt circle for the top of the hat. Turn hat inside out, pin top stripe and top of the hat right sides facing and stitch with 1/4" seam allowance.
Happy Birthday (week!) Dr. Seuss ”Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You” (Happy Birthday to You!, by Dr. Seuss)!
Want a few more Dr. Seuss themed ideas? Check here, a Seuss inspired birthday party!