Hi – I am Erin. Join Me-
As I Make A Headcovering For Haley
The Basic Pattern Pieces
Here are the three pieces you will need to make this kap:
The Crown Piece, The Brim, The NeckBinding
The Crown Pattern
is a little larger than a dinner plate
Make the Pattern Larger on All Sides – Here I am enlarging it by 1 inch
You will have to enlarge or reduce the crown piece to fit your size head and hair. Because our hair is very long and thick it makes a big bun, so we have to enlarge the crown piece about an inch on all sizes to accommodate. You may need to reduce if you have shorter, finer hair or a small head. Just make one out of inexpensive fabric, muslin works well, and that will help you determine what you will need to do.
The Pieces Are Enlarged
1 inch around the crown and at the ends of the neck binding
Here are the pattern pieces enlarged. You will see the Crown is enlarged 1 inch all the way around. Also, the neck binding has been enlarged 1 inch on both sides. The brim hasn’t been enlarged as it is adequate size.
Here is the enlargement lines around the Crown.
Add Marks to Enlargement
Measure for the brim piece
Measure the brim from just below the ear on one side to just below the ear on the other.
Neck Binding Pattern
The neck binding piece needs to be long enough to fit the neck edge of the crown and brim. This one shows 7 inches – you will make yours according to whether you enlarged or reduced the crown. (You can also use double-fold bias tape in the color you are using for your kap.)
Cut Pieces from Fabric
Mark Lines WIth Fabric Pencil
Be sure to add the pleat lines to the fabric once you cut your piece out.
We cut a small triangular piece of paper – 1 1/2 inch across by 3 inches deep – and use this to draw our pleat lines. It makes it much easier. We use a different size on the neck edge depending on how we need it to fit.
Use Small Triangle
Lines Are Marked
Here is the completed Crown Piece. All the Pleat Lines have been marked with a fabric pencil. Now I just match the sides of the triangles and pin them together.
Here is the Crown once the pleats have been pinned. It is ready to have the pleats sewn down.
Once you fold and Pin the Pleats
Sew The Edges Down
Sew the edges down on the crown so that the pleats will be in place to add the brim.
Folding Hem On Brim
On the shorter of the two long sides of the brim piece, you need to fold down a 1/4 inch and press. The fold another 1/4 inch and press to form the hem. Then sew the hem down.
Sewing the Hem of the Brim
Fitting Brim to Crown
Pin the unsewn edge of the brim to the Crown. Make sure that it fits all the way from the squared off edge of the crown around to the other side. The neck edge of the Crown isn’t included.
Brim Is Pinned To The Crown
Right Sides Together
Once you have pinned the right side of the brim to the right side of the crown sew the edges together.
Crown and Brim
Here it is with the Brim attached to the Crown. You are almost done. Just one more piece left!!
Sew Neck Binding On
Bottom Of The Crown
You need to fold both edges of the neck binding 1/4 inch. Press these folds down. You are going to sew one edge right sides together on one side. And then you will fold over and sew the other side down.
Final Folding of Neck Binding
Fitting Haley’s New Kap
Erin is trying it on Haley
Here I am trying the covering on Haley. I am so thankful that I could make this for her. She works at the Nursing Home all day and does not have as much time to sew as I do – she really needed some extra kaps and I loved making it for her!! And it is a perfect fit!!
A Gift From One Sister to Another
The last part is to add ties if you want them. We just add 1/4 inch ribbon for the ties – I am not showing those on here but I did add them later.