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★UNISEX BALACLAVA HAT★

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This is an easy and really warm balaclava hat.
I take the inspiration from an old military balaclava hat I had, and I simplified it.
I really like balaclava hat!

IF YOU LIKE IT CAN YOU VOTE FOR ME IN THE SAW WARM CONTEST? THANKS!!
 
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Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED

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You need:
-Thick wool felt or thick wool fabric;
-scissors;
-pen;
-chalk;
-piece of scrap plastic sheet for make the visor;
-double folded fabric border (not in the picture);
-sewing machine.

Step 2: THE PATTERNS

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These are the pattern you need to make. They don't need to be perfect... I kind of make them roughly myself, but the hat turn pretty nice.
Take the measurement on your head but try to keep the proportion of my drawing.

Step 3: CUT THE MAIN PART

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Draw the main shape on the fabric and cut 2 equal opposite piece.

If you are using regular wool fabric you need to do zigzag stitches all over the edges (of every piece you will cut from now on), if you use felt you don't.

Step 4: SEW IT

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sew inside out the top part of the balaclava hat.

Step 5: MAKE THE VISOR

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(I suggest a shorter visor than the one I made here).

Cut the visor shape on a flat piece of scrap plastic (if is too soft you can cut more pieces for add strength).
Cut the visor shape on the wool fabric, 2 pieces (leave some edges).
Sew the round part of the fabric together.
Insert the plastic visor.
Sew the visor inside of the fabric and cut away left over (leave a little border).

Step 6: ATTACH THE VISER TO THE BAND

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Cut a band of fabric with the previous band shape you made.
Pin it to the top part of the visor.
Sew it.

Step 7: ATTACH THE VISOR TO THE BALACLAVA

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Pin the band on top of the balaclava.
Sew it in place with a really small zigzag stitch. Sew only top side of the band and the lateral sides, not the bottom side (the side sewn to the visor).

Step 8: SEWN THE FRONT PART

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Pin inside out the front part of the balaclava together like in the photo.
Sew together.

Step 9: FINISHING TOUCHES

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Make a fold on the bottom edge of the balaclava (the neck hole) and sew it.
Pin the double folded border on the bottom part of the face hole and sew it in place.
foobear3 months ago

Wow that's cool. I wear a balaclava in winter here all the time riding my bike. This one is much more stylish than the commercially made ones I have seen.

marcellahella (author)  foobear3 months ago

Thanks a lot! Yes is true in fact I just wear it all the time no matter how I m dress

inchelan4 months ago
Great idea-Another color would be handy- Black is hard to see
marcellahella (author)  inchelan4 months ago
Thanks!
Yes I know, too bad, I notice it as soon as I took the firs picture....
snotty4 months ago
Amazing!

Can you say http://www.etsy.com?
Seriously, I think this would sell.
marcellahella (author)  snotty4 months ago
Thanks a lot!
I thought about too...but I need to refine my sewing a little bit.
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