My oldest son just started kindergarten and really loves it. Everyday he tells me that everything is so much fun but when I ask him what he actually did he says he can’t remember. At least I’m getting a positive reaction! Although he likes it he is still trying to figure the whole thing out – I think!

I vividly remember my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Wilson, reminding us to put on our ‘thinking caps’ if we couldn’t remember something. I thought I might try the same tactic on my son so one day when he said he couldn’t remember what he did I said, “You should put on your ‘thinking cap’ and maybe you will remember!”

I didn’t exactly get the response that I was hoping for…..he very effectively stated the obvious and said, “I don’t have one Mommy.”

And so the thinking cap project began.

Felt – I used scraps but if you are purchasing you will need approximately ¼ yard of the cap color and random sheets of colored felt. Since the sheets are so cheap you might be able to get away with just using sheets.
Embroidery Thread
Nuts, bolts, wing nuts, etc.
Pipe cleaners
Sharp scissors
Pencil and sharpie marker
Small hole punch
Very small flash light

***This would make the great start of a Halloween costume. Mad scientist maybe!?

Step 1: Sew Cap Form

Instead of going out and finding a cap pattern I just mocked up a pattern using a winter hat that fits my son. It is a very basic rounded triangle. If you don’t want to draw one up I’m sure there are plenty of hat/cap patterns online.

Cut four pieces using the same pattern noting which point is the top.

Layer two of the pieces on top of each other and sew down one side. This would be very fast if you use your sewing machine but when pre-season football is on I really like to veg in front of the TV with a craft project so I hand sewed the whole hat!

Layer another piece and sew down the next corresponding edge. Repeat until the final edges come together and sew down the last side.

Turn the form inside out and make sure it fits the appropriate head. Make adjustments if necessary.
<p>This is very cool! For the pipe cleaner part, you could sew them while to sew up the hat pieces. Put them upside down on the wrong side while you sew up the hat, turn it right side out and uncoil the pipe cleaner. You could also add some felt circles on the inside of the hat where the pipe cleaners comes out. Bend it and then glue a felt circle on it so it doesn't scratch the head. </p><p>I seriously have to make one of these sometime. XD</p>
<p>Is it possible for you to make a similar cap and allow me to purhcase it? I know a kindergarten student at school. He is a cute kid who has a less than desirable home life. He repeated and sincerely states that all he wants for Christmas is a 'thinking cap'. He is from the inner city and bused to our school as part of a voluntary integration program. 1 of 9 other brothers and sisters. He wold love the Thinking Cap. Can you please allow me to purchase one? Thank you very much.</p><p>llutt@festus.k12.mo.us</p>
I gave you a vote, this is very creative and I may have to make a version for my son! <br>The only flaw I see in it (and mind you I only notice because i have a touch of OCD!) is that a gear configuration like that would not turn. The 3 gears would lock up (and thus prevent proper thinking?) Next time leave the 3rd gear touching only one of the bigger ones. <br>Like I said it's absolutely fantastic, i'm just a nut about things like that. <br>;)
I guess I didn't have on my thinking cap when I made it!
I seriously didn't mean to be picky like that, it's really awesome. <br>I have problems! ;) <br>Hope you win the contest!
Gosh I just love this and all of the hand sewing looks great! Also, I love that you mixed in those nuts, it really flows well with the felt :D
Thank you. Your comments are always so nice! I had loads of fun making it and my son wears it every day.
I'd wear it ever day too! Does he wear it to school? That would be fun, but I don't suppose hats are allowed in school.
Unfortunately, hats are not allowed in school or he would wear it there for sure. They are afraid kids will share the hats and spread lice! Ha! Gross!
This is so crazy cool. Its perfect, like a wearable cartoon. Gorgeous job!
Thank you. Congrats on being a finalist in the Back to School Contest.
You never cease to AMAZE me! I love this idea! Very fun. You should also enter it in the halloween costumes. :)
Thank you. I entered it in the easy costumes contest but it would need some kind of cute mad scientist coat to go along with it don't you think?
yah, that would be fun, or a robot costume. :)
Too cute. Would make a great gift for a teacher too. Much better then chocolate or boring stinky perfume. :)
Thanks. If kids were allowed to share hats in school I would have definitely made one for my son's classroom. It would be fun for them.
Hmmm... I need an adult version cause I'm constantly &quot;losing&quot; my mind. Maybe if I had had ones of these, LOL
An adult version huh? Sounds like a great idea. Staying at home with the kids could make anyone lose their mind.......I think!!! :)
Wow, this is fantastic! My niece just started kindergarten too, so this sounds like a great project. Thanks!
Thanks. My son has been wearing it ever since I finished it!
De<strong>LIGHT</strong>ful!!!! ;-)
Haha, this is great. <br> <br>The big question, of course, is <em>Does it work?</em>
Ha! I just finished it this morning so ask me Monday when I can put it to the real test!!! :)
Will do!

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