Introduction: Sew a Louise Belcher / Bob's Burgers Hat

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Louise Belcher!!!

I took a lot of formatting cues and the pattern design idea from...

Sew a Where the Wild Things Are hat + pattern! by jessyratfink

This hat isn't for me but I will freely admit that I have been wearing this for a couple of hours now and I am starting to feel uncomfortable without it!

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Thanks Jessy for the inspiration!

I would love to see your completed hats. I am offering to give 3 month pro memberships to the first 3 who post pictures in the comments section!!! 3 might not be enough so I have more!!! keep on making and posting!!!

Step 1: Lets Begin!

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tools include

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors for paper
  • Scissors of fabric
  • pins
  • needle for hand stitching
  • pen
  • cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • Knitting needle
  • needle nose pliers
  • Armature of an appropriate sized head

Materials needed:

  • Pink Polar Fleece
  • Pink thread
  • 20GA stainless wire
  • Plastic Canvas

Download and print the attached pattern.

Note the attached pattern was modeled on an adult male armature as shown. you may have to adjust the cowl to get it to fit your model. adjustment explanation is in step 5.

Step 2: Pattern and Cut

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The pattern itself is marked up as to where to cut and not to cut.

I sadly lack the penmanship of Jessy so if you have any questions please ask me for clarification.

Assemble the pattern as shown

This is then pinned to the fleece. you will require 2 from each side of the fleece. You will notice a texture difference and want to use the fluffier side of the fabric for the outside. I cut each these from a single layer.

I used a Rotary cutter and mat, this thing is awesome!

You will require 4 of each piece.

Step 3: Begin Sewing

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Use the presser foot of the sewing machine as a guide along the edge of the material.

I set the machine to a shorter straight stitch for all seams.

The start and stop of all sewing is locked by going forward about a half an inch then reversing before going forward again.

Place two cowl pieces together with the fluffy side facing together then pin along the top curved edge.

Sew the cowl together along the top curved part from the peak to the base only.

Do not sew the lower or front edges.

Repeat for the second set of cowl pieces.

Place the ear pieces together in groups of 2 with the fluffy side facing one another then pin together around the edges.

There are two sharp angle cutouts at the base of the ears. Sew along from one cutout upwards then turn the ear as shown and sew the rest of the way back down to the other cutout. leave the space between the cutouts open.

Step 4: Prepare the Ears

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You will need to turn the ears right side out, this is done from the hole in the base of the ear by working it with a knitting needle.

On a piece of plastic canvas, trace and cut the general ear shape.

You will need to make an ear support from a piece of 20GA stainless wire.

Cut a piece of wire about twice as long as the ear.

Thread the wire along the edge of the plastic canvas in a long weave as shown.

Feed the last 1/4 inch of wire through the canvas and bend and flatten it with a pair of needle nose pliers to completely blunt and fasten it to the canvas.

Repeat for the other edge of the ear leaving about a 4 inch loop of wire out of the ear opening in the base.

Gently coil the ear insert along the length and feed it into the ear opening.

The loop is then bent back at 90 degrees as shown.

This will provide the necessary support to keep the ear upright

Step 5: Prepare the Cowl

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Note the pattern was modeled on an adult male armature as shown. you may have to adjust the cowl to get it to fit your model.

To adjust the fit, place a single layer of the cowl on your model and pin the front along the seam and the back along the seam. Pinning the front will bring the peak down and pinning the back will tighten the cowl.

Any adjustments will have to be done to both cowl assemblies.

With proper fit...

Place the 2 cowl halves together with the top seams centered and on opposite sides as shown. Pin along the edges being sure to mark and leave a 6 inch opening at the back.

Using the edge of the presser foot as a guide, sew along the entire edge of the cowl.

Leave the back open, remove the pins and trim along the edges of the seams in the chin strap leaving about an eighth of an inch.

Using a knitting needle turn the chin strap right side out then complete the turning of the cowl.

Step 6: Position the Ears

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All sewing in this step is done from between the two layers of the cowl, through the opening that was previously left in the back.

You will need to cut a small incision in the outer cowl only. this is done in two places at the top as shown on the pattern. This cut is no wider than the base of the ear at its narrowest point.

Check for proper placement and adjust position as needed before you make the cut.

Note some of the pictures show a cut loop, DO NOT DO THIS!!!

Feed each ear into the cut in the cowl with the widest part of the ear flap facing away from the cowl center seam.

hand stitch the flaps against the outer cowl making the previously cut opening as tight as possible.

Repeat for the other ear then bend the wires back of the hat at 90 degrees to the ears.

The wire loops should overlap a little in the center.

Stitch both of the wire loops into the center of the top cowl seam, make this about an inch and a half long.

The loops should be left as big as possible for stability and adjustment of the ears.

Step 7: Finish the Hat!

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With the cowl fully right side out, fold the rear opening inward and seal it with a top stitch.

Top stitch around the entire edges of the cowl, leaving a about an inch of no top stitch at the tips of the chin strap as shown.

The ears are adjusted by holding the wire loops flat at the top of the head and bending the ears as desired.

By the way I am still wearing it as I write this, it will be going to its new home soon. So I will probably have to make one for me in brown!


BigEMakes made it! (author)2017-10-09

I combined your bunny ears with someone else's hat shape, and I am very happy with the result. Thank you for posting your tutorial! Your instructions were clear and your photos helpful!

Sucker4cats made it! (author)2017-05-06

I want to shower you with praise. Your instructions were so detailed and easy to follow. I had a girl tell me she got the hat off of Amazon for $30 and it didn't look as good as mine. I also attached black pigtails made of yarn with safety pins on the inside.

lazerpandacat made it! (author)2017-03-25

"AWWW SICK!" Thanks for the great Instructable!! Had to hand sew bc I don't have a machine. Took a hot minute but was so worth it. Yay!

SusanD8 made it! (author)2017-02-16

I made this for my ukulele teacher. He loves it. Thanks for the pattern.

ValerieC52 made it! (author)2016-10-29

Really easy to make thanks to this tutorial! This was my first real sewing project and it came out great!


Great job. Check your inbox!

lasims74 (author)2016-10-09

how much fleece is needed for one hat?

burritochang (author)2016-01-23

This tutorial was PERFECT! I finished my hat and it looks amazing. Thank you for the instructions!

BrooklynM3 (author)2016-01-04

if I made this with flannel instead of polar fleece or regular fleece would it look and work the same?? I'm on a little budget and fleeces can be quite expensive!!

You should be able to but keep in mind that the flannel will droop more. You may have to use bigger wire loops for the ears and sew the inner and outer cowels together along the top seam with the wire loops to keep the ears upright.

ymasullo made it! (author)2015-12-19

OK, I did it! I didn't have the mesh for inside the ears so I seamed the wire into the perimeter of them. I prefer the ears floppy so this is OK. I also added a piece of material to the ends of each long neck piece to simulate the knotted piece that is in the hat (I believe) normally.

Random_Canadian (author)ymasullo2015-12-19

Looks great. Thanks for posting. Check your inbox!

ymasullo (author)2015-12-17

Thank you for an actual pattern. Made one for my ADULT son last year and he loved it so much he wore it to a drinking event (he's 26!) and lost it on the train :(. So, for Christmas I'll make him another! Thank you thank you thank you!

Random_Canadian (author)ymasullo2015-12-18

You are welcome. I have another instructable set which is slightly modified. Check the related links at the right side of the page.

JessicaE21 made it! (author)2015-11-15

Thanks so much for the instructions! way better than $35 on etsy

Glad to be of assistance. Looks Awesome!

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JasonK63 made it! (author)2015-10-31

Easy-to-follow instructions and awesome results. Found all the necessary items to make this at Hobby Lobby craft store. This was basically my first time using a sewing machine and I was able to make this amazing hat for my daughter. Thanks!

Random_Canadian (author)JasonK632015-11-03

That is a fantastic job. check your inbox...

KristieA1 (author)2015-10-15

I'm making this for my dog. Hes going to be Louise for Halloween and my bf and me are going to be Gene and Tina. A lady at my work is making it for me. I'm going to use elastic at the bottom so i can stay on his head. (i hope this works) Thanks for the instructions

I would love to see the finished hat...

breckapants (author)2015-10-01

Making this for my Halloween costume this year. I'm new to sewing projects like this, so it might seem like a dumb question to more experienced sewers-- how can I make the lower part of the cowl and the chin straps more form fitting to my head? The crown/top fits nicely, but I dont like the way it flies out from either side of my face. I want it to mold to my head more like a beanie would. Any suggestions?

The pattern was done with general head size in mind. To modify, take the inside (closest to your head) two halves of the cowl and pin them together as you would for sewing. Fit them t you head without sewing and pin the from and rear seam s together to tighten up the fit of the cowl. Trim any excess off of the mid seem and repeat for the outer cowl halves. I hope that this helps...

Thank you for the response. I ended up going ahead with how I thought it should work and it came out pretty decently, as far as the chin strap being a bit closer to my head like I wanted. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm now that much closer to having my Halloween costume completed.

More than happy to help. Post a pic of your finished hat I would love to see it and you will probably not be disappointed with response...

Karolina1800 (author)2015-10-01

how much did all the materials cost?

divdoodle made it! (author)2015-08-21

The wires are good for the ears but it's not really comfortable. I have to keep on adjusting my ears but the tutorial was real easy!

Looks great! awesome picture choice. Check your inbox.

AllisonW3 made it! (author)2015-08-13

Great instructions! It took me a while and I had a touch of trouble with the ears but I'd say I did alright for my very first sewing project.

Great job! I hope you have fun with it. Check you inbox!

Remirayen made it! (author)2015-08-04

It took me a couple hours but I love it I did something a little different for the ears

Nicely done. You certainly look the part. Don't forget to check your inbox.

Creative_Czarina (author)2015-07-25

This was a great tutorial! I had watched a different video tutorial prior to this one, so I combined the two sets of instructions (I used a different technique for the ears)

OK! that turned out AWESOME!. Check your inbox!

Creative_Czarina (author)2015-07-18

Thanks for the pattern link! It was really helpful!

Glad to be of assistance. hope your build went well.

SofiMujica made it! (author)2015-04-20

This was my FIRST EVER time sawing or doing anything with fabric, this is a SUPERB tutorial, also i need to stitch the surroundings but i dont have a sewing machine so perhaps in the future i will...

Thanks and you did an awesome job! Don't forget to check your inbox!

claramecium (author)2015-02-10

Louise is one of my favorite female cartoon characters(up there with Toph from Avatar and Mandy from Billy and Mandy) and this is really good. I love it!

Thanks. I'm glad that you like it.

christisocool (author)2014-10-23

Hi! I'm planning to make this for halloween and good tutorial by the way! I just want to ask how much fabric you used? Thank you!

gabbyfer (author)christisocool2014-10-28

It took about 3/4 of a yard! I bought one yard because I didn't know but I had a lot left over.

The final make used less than a half meter. The design took about 1 meter before it was finalized.

tweekmonster made it! (author)2014-10-20

Just made one for my fiancé for Halloween. This is also my very first creation from instructables. This is also the first time I've used a sewing machine since my dad taught me how at 15y/o (I'm 34) so this was a pretty satisfying. Gonna try the brain slug next. Thanks man!

That is fantastic! looks like you are both having a lot of fun!

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Eccarpenter made it! (author)2014-10-19

Just made one for part of my Halloween! Thanks for the Instructable!

Awesome work! thank you for posting!

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andra.lewis.79 made it! (author)2014-10-13

My niece asked me to make the Louise Belcher bunny hat. It was so simple and easy. Thank you so much for the pattern and directions!

Love the picture! This Instructable always brings a smile to my face and I see that it did to you as well... be sure to check your inbox!

stephaffle made it! (author)2014-10-10

This was really fun to make! I added a lace in front to make it more snug(I have big hair lol) Thank you SOOO much for the patterns and instructions!

That is awesome! don't forget to check your inbox!

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