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Free Squid Hat Pattern with pictures!

Time to make: 3-4 hours from start to finish.

Supply List:
Polar Fleece (about 2 feet)
All Purpose Thread
Velcro or snaps
Large Craft Eyes (I used 35 mm)

Download and print the pattern images in this step.
 
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Step 1: Cut Out Pattern Pieces

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Print out pattern and cut out.

To save time, fold your fabric in half so that you are cutting out two pieces instead of one.

Place on polar fleece and cut out pattern.

I cut mine free form and just held the pattern down, but it might be a better idea to pin the paper to the fabric first.

Note: Before cutting decide if you want a hat brim that is stretchy or one that fits more precisely. If you want a stretchy brim, which I recommend, pull on your fabric to figure out which way the fabric stretches. Once you've got that place your pattern along the direction of the stretch.

If you don't want your brim to stretch place it in the direction the fabric does not stretch.

Step 2: Sew hat panels and fin

Pick up two panels of the hat pieces and place them so that the side of the hat you want on the finished hat outside is on the inside, between the hat panels. Match the points together and sew along one of the curved sides. Repeat on the two hat panels left. Do not sew all four together yet!

Take the triangle shaped fin pieces and place them together with the outside of the hat on the inside. Sew along the short edges all the way around the large edges. Be sure to leave the small inside triangle shape open.

Flip the fin piece right side out. Use a pen or skewer to pop the points out.

Sew a 1/4 in around the edge of the fin. This adds stability and texture.
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Just wanted to post my success! I had to make an adjustment by multiplying the dimensions by like 1.2 cuz my head is big, and I took of that band and just hemmed the bottom with the big tentacles on the inside. But total success! Everyone is genuinely shocked that I made this suh-weet baby! =D Thanks!
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goosezilla (author)  dionysus.god2 years ago
Oooooooh, eerie black squid to boot!
pie popper4 years ago
i made 3 in total, and still need to make one for myself!

I made it a little different, and didn't put eyes on it.


(yes, i have used this fabric in other ibles!)
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omg you are so rad!!! i have been looking for a pattern/hat like this FOREVER!! i made mine last night and i thought i'd share..! i tweaked a few little things, oh and you cant see but i added some squiddy legs in the back =3 but thank you so much for posting this tutorial! keep up the awesomeness!

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Shivv5 years ago
This pattern is adorable! I'm making three for xmas presents, one in blue, one in lime green, and one in purple. I couldn't find craft eyes big enough, so I used buttons, and I stitched down the small tentacles instead of using velcro, so far my first hat came out great! thanks a ton :3
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goosezilla (author)  Shivv5 years ago
Oh hey, how long did it take you to put it together? Just wondering what kind of time variable there might be on making these.
The first one(blue) took about 3 hours, the second one(green) was between 2 and 2 1/2, and the last one(purple) took about an hour. I'm going to make a slightly modified red Dr. Zoidberg one next :P
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goosezilla (author)  Shivv5 years ago
You are so awesome!
goosezilla (author)  Shivv5 years ago
OMG I love the button eyes so much! I have to try that out next time. :D
I really like the way they came out, and using a rotary cutter makes cutting the fabric go twice as fast. :) For my Dr. Zoidberg hat I'm going to use the same size buttons in white, and sew another, smaller black button on top of each for pupils.
crabezoid5 years ago
Nice hat! I'm a big fan of squids (see my blog: http://blog.nachotime.com/?tag=squid ). It reminds me of my halloween costume this year:

I've got the urge to make a bunch of these hats and run amok causing havok with my very own army of squidlings!
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goosezilla (author)  crabezoid5 years ago
Your costume is awesome! Is the black part mesh so you can see and breathe okay? So cool... :) If you run amok show me some pictures of the chaos!
I was going for the one-eyed monster squid look, but that wasn't too clear in the end. I might make some modifications for next year. With the time I spent on that costume, I'll get as much use out of it as I can!
UniKitty752 months ago
AWESOME! super funny too, I tried making my own but I'm a kid not even a teenager. So I just flopped my arms and gave up. All that shopping for nothing!
owlyfreak2 years ago
omg this is amazing i love squids sooo much there amazing i going to make one of these for all my freinds :p
gdavies13 years ago
Ah, at last I have found some people who appreciate cephalopods as much as myself. I have a huge squid fan and believe I will reincarnate into a squid when I die! As you can see, I am a weirdo, BUT squids do rule so I will definitely make this hat and prove to the whole world that squids are AMAZING!

Now, I feel the urge to wear a cheese hat. Can some one post a pattern for a cheese hat please?
Mauigerbil3 years ago
I find the hat somehow cute.....
Mauigerbil3 years ago
OMG DOCTOR ZOIDY!!!!!!
Mauigerbil3 years ago
Squidheads Anonymus is on their way.
rsepulveda23 years ago
hello :) i just finished making the squid hat!! all sew by hand, not machine :D! and with a few modifications :) thank you so much for posting this really good tutorial! even tho, like others, i got a bit confused with the 'attach the fin' step :S! thank you again!!!
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neoner3 years ago
AWESOME!
kumiko5 years ago
XDDDD That's is *so* cute. Not something to wear outside unless you're really daring, but oh man. It'd be cool to own one for the novelty. *laughs*

Those are really big craft eyes!!
ALogan97 kumiko3 years ago
:O why wouldn't you wear it outside? The whole town would be forced into submission by the power of the squid... or not.
Aztalr3 years ago
I am a huge fan of silly hats in the winter time, but, being a marine biologist, this is just the best! All the lab's little pet cuttlefish will finally have someone on their side! "Now who has the brains, puny humans!?" they will say!
Not to sound stupid, but is there an easy way to print out those pattern pieces? Also, awesome hat, very creative. And a great instructable, helpful and easy to follow, thanks. :)
can you post more cute hat DIYs!!!
goosezilla (author)  slilly2goose4 years ago
I will when I get some more together. :)
theres a internet game called roblox and you can get squid hats! :B
Shivv4 years ago
Someone sent me a message asking if I ever finished my Dr. Zoidberg version of this hat, which I did but completely forgot to post pictures. So here it is.

As a note, I modified the pattern by making the triangle pieces shorter in height with a wider top angle so they form more of a dome when you sew them together. It worked out pretty well. eyes are black buttons sewn atop white ones.
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Thanks for the pattern! It worked great. I'll probably end up making a few more with my leftover fleece.
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goosezilla (author)  LegoBrickMaster74 years ago
:D Looks like you did a fantastic job too! Yay!
Peep13174 years ago
What big, black, shiny, sweet eyes it has! So cute! <3
goosezilla (author) 4 years ago
Hi all! I updated this instructable with pattern images that include the 1in marker. Sorry it took so long!
 
JusticeRose4 years ago
awesome pattern, but the measurements are off...
the brim in the pattern piece is 8 inches across instead of 11 :(
hoping I upsize everything well enough, I'm giving this to my friend tomorrow for her birthday
 HAHAHA....... Love the HAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
me too
pie popper4 years ago
the tentacles were to small, i had to make 'em bigger, i didn't to the brim either, I'll get a pic in a min.
pollo.MD4 years ago
Pleeeeeeeeeeease send me a pdf too? it`s a really cool design but it`s a little difficult without the measurements.
pollo.md.r@gmail.com
Kellz00rz5 years ago
i just did this! so wesome! i hand sewed the whole thing and it didn't take long at all.... i'm off to jo-ann's for more fabric! woot! i love squids and this was just the project i needed for my day off of work! XD
It would reaaaaaaaally help if you could put some rough measurements for the patterns. :(
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