FREE Single-Size Cadet Cap Pattern!

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Today I’m sharing my free cadet-style hat pattern! This tutorial first appeared on the Britex blog last fall. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you’ll need a free Craftsy account) and we’ll get started. I’ve used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining.

02 fabrics

Finished Size:

The base of the hat measures 20 7/8″ and fits a head circumference (measured from the middle of the forehead to the widest part of the back of the skull) of 20 1/4″, the average size of a 5 year old.

Fabric Requirements:

– Lining fabric: 12″ wide x 16″ tall
– Exterior fabric: 24″ wide x 11″ tall (plus optional interfacing, see note below)
– Brim interfacing (72F Peltex 2 sided fusible ultra firm interfacing by Pellon): 6.5″ x 4″

For the exterior use a medium or heavy weight fabric. If your fabric is a medium weight like the wool I’ve used for this hat, fuse it with interfacing to give it more structure. I’ve fused the back of my midweight wool with Pellon 906 Fusible Sheerweight. Canvas or twill (the navy/gray and brown hats in the title image are twill) are fine with no interfacing. For the interior, the cupro made for a great finish for the inside of the hat. It’s silky smooth, pressed beautifully, it’s anti-static (great for a hat lining), and breathes well. You can find out more about cupro here. It was tricky to work with at this small scale with lots of curves so it did require slow stitching and lots and lots of pins to keep it in place. For the lining you can also use the same fabric as the exterior (minus the optional interfacing), or quilting cotton or any other light weight fabric.

Additional Notes:

– Cut all pieces with the grain of the fabric running vertically.
– All seam allowances will be 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
– For more sizes, follow me through any of the options in the upper right corner of my blog homepage to find out when the multi-sized pattern is released.

After you’ve downloaded and cut out the pattern pieces, line up the letters for pieces A, B, and C and tape the pieces together. Cut the fabric and interfacing as noted on the pattern pieces. In the photo below, you can see all the pieces together.

04 pattern prep

Brim assembly:

To make the brim, place the two pieces right side together and sew along the outside curve. Clip every 1/2″ around the curve, making sure not to cut your thread. Turn right side out and insert the brim interfacing between the layers with the seam allowance all pushed the the bottom side of the brim. Press both sides of the brim with steam to activate the adhesive in the interfacing. Topstitch the front of the brim 1/4″ from the edge and again 1/2″ from the edge.

03 brim assembly

Hat exterior assembly:

With right sides together, sew together the two edges of the upper hat band. Then fold the lower hat band in half and sew the back edge together. (left photo below) Flip the upper band right side out, and with the narrower upper edge facing down insert it inside of the lower hat band so right sides are together (middle photo). Line up the seam on the the wider part of the upper band (marked “back” in the pattern) with the seam on the lower band. Pin all around then sew together. Fold open and press all seams.

05 hat band assembly

Next, pin the top of the hat to the upper hat band. It’s helpful to crease the hat top in half across both the length and width, and use the crease lines to match up the front/back/sides. Pin those 4 areas first, and then fill in with additional pins. The oval will want to stretch where it’s cut on the bias, so be extra careful in those areas. After sewing all the way around, remove the pins and flip right side out. The hat will look a little frumpy still, but we’ll be adding some top stitching soon that will make all the seams nice and crisp.

06 hat top assembly

Hat interior assembly:

For a fabric that frays easily, fold the back of the hat band lining under twice toward the wrong side by 1/4″ and stitch down (what I did with the cupro below). Otherwise, just fold the back under by 1/2″. The raw edges will be covered later. Next, with right sides together, sew the front edges of the lining together. Then, starting with the front of the hat and working toward the back, pin the band lining to the oval top lining. The back seam will overlap by approximately 1/4″. Sew together, then remove the pins and place the lining inside the hat exterior with wrong sides together. Optional: If you’re concerned about stretching, staystich the outside edge of the oval top before assembling the lining.

07 lining assembly

Final assembly:

Line up the top seams of the interior and lining pieces and pin all around, starting at the front and working toward the back. It’s easiest to place the pins just inside the top seam then out through the bottom just below the seam allowance. As you pin, press all the seam allowances toward the bottom of the hat. Sew three lines of topstitching, one just below the top seam, one above the middle seam and one below the middle seam. For each line of stitching, start where the white arrows below indicate, just past the open vent in the lining. When you come back around to the back, overlap the lining pieces and finish the seam. (The reason for the vent back rather than a fitted lining is that in testing, we found that if the lining stretched even an 1/8″ when sewn to the top oval, it wouldn’t line up correctly to the exterior. This design eliminates that issue.)

08 topstitching

Next, fold the back and sides of the outside of the hat toward the center by 3/4″. Then fold the lining toward the center so the edge is just below the exterior by 1/8″ so all raw edges are now hidden. At the back vent in the lining, overlap the two open edges then fold them over toward the inside together. At the front of the hat, insert the brim. Mark the center of the brim with a pin and line it up with the front seam on the upper hat band. The brim should be inserted 1/4″ all the way around. Curve it gently as you pin to each side and it will stick out like a normal hat brim. As you pin down the brim, fold the exterior and lining cap pieces toward the center as you just did with the sides and back. The brim will push up on the bottom hat band so that piece will be folded under 7/8″ rather than 3/4″ like the rest of the hat. Make sure the lining extends past the bottom hat band so you catch it as you sew around.

09 pinning final

Sew all the way around the hat with a 1/4″ seam and decrease to a 1/8″ seam across the brim. Below you’ll see what the interior looks like when flipped out (left), and the finished bottom seam (right).To curve the brim, use an iron and steam it over a curved object or steam it and use your hands to curve it while still warm.

10 final stitching

And that’s it, you’ve made a hat! Find a cute model and you’re all set.

final compilation

You can also play around with color blocking or adding a decorative band (see title image for examples). Thanks for checking out my hat pattern! If you liked this tutorial, be sure to check out my other free tutorials at Craft Buds!


Fabric Book & Baby Dress Plus Fabric Giveaway!


Birch Fabric Homestead

Welcome to the Craft Buds stop on the Birch Fabrics Homestead by Emily Isabella blog hop! This new line of organic knit and cotton fabric features a gorgeous color palette and vintage-feel illustrations. I love the peachy pink and aqua with pops of mustard, gray and navy together. The cotton fabric I used has a lovely silky smooth feel to it, perfect for the baby I borrowed for this photo shoot :).


The fabric book is made with the Homestead Patch number panel for the pages, Homestead Main as the outside cover, and Clouds Mint for the inside cover. The pages have 2 layers of muslin sandwiched inside to give them a little more bulk and keep the images from showing through to the other side. It’s just the right size for a baby to hold and chew!


Here you can see the full book page spreads(click the image for a larger view).

Homestead Book

I also made a dress with Clouds Mint using Simplicity 1207, a vintage pattern Simplicity recently re-released. It’s a simple A-line dress with contrast top and tiny puffed sleeves.


The scallops in the top of the dress match the clouds in the fabric perfectly and I love how the dress turned out with a vintage modern look.


If you want more Homestead Fabric inspiration check out the links below for the full blog hop!


Birch Fabrics is hosting an amazing giveaway, 1 yard of each print from Homestead! This organic line comes in both knit and quilt-weight cotton poplin and there are 12 prints total. Just use the tool below for your entries. Good luck!

Win 1 yard of each print from Homestead by Emily Isabella!

TRAWRzers: Sew Adorkable Book Review + Giveaway!

Dino Pants and Sew Adorkable Book Review

Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for the new book Sew Adorkable by Samarra Khaja (Stash Books). Here’s a peek at a project I made from the book… but more on that in a minute!

Candy Dots quilt from the book Sew Adorkable

Sew Adorkable is a sewing book that’s truly like nothing you’ve ever seen. From fast and fun projects for your home to things to wear and clever quilts, each sewing pattern is infused with author Samarra’s signatures style and humor. One of my favorite projects is the Candy Dots quilt! So cute and clever!

Braille Alphabet Quilt from the book Sew Adorkable

The Braille Alphabet quilt is another favorite of mine. I really enjoy Samarra’s color pairings here! Check out a video trailer of the book here.

Pants from Sew Adorkable book

My Project

I decided to make the TRAWRzers!, a cute project from the beginning of the book (pictured above), for my little boy. With Halloween coming up, I thought it could double as an dino costume that’s easy to make and fun to wear!

Dino Pants - Craft Buds

By using the templates from the book (there three kinds of spikes!) and some of my son’s own pants, this was a super quick project to sew up while watching TV. And paired with a dino T-shirt, I think we’re ready for trick-or-treating!

Dino Pants - Craft Buds

If you have a good sense of humor and you love to sew, I highly recommend this book! There is a wide range of projects, from wearables to home decor and quilts, with plenty of options for beginners.

Sew Adorkable


Would you like to win a copy of Samarra’s book Sew Adorkable? To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us something you love that may be considered nerdy, geeky or even embarrassing. We’ll pick one random winner at the close of the blog tour (Oct. 26) to win a copy of the book. Good luck!

09/14/15: C&T/Stash Books
09/18/15: Sew Timeless
09/25/15: Craft Buds
09/28/15: Pellon
09/30/15: Crafty Planner
10/05/15: Imagine Gnats
10/07/15: May Chappell
10/09/15: Nancy Zieman
10/12/15: Dritz
10/14/15: Spoonflower
10/16/15: Sew Sweetness
10/19/15: Aurifil
10/21/15: Accuquilt
10/23/15: Schmancy Toys
10/26/15: Samarra Khaja
One book per winner. Open internationally, however if winner lives outside of the U.S., they will receive a promo code to purchase the ebook version free of charge. U.S. winner will receive a hard copy. 


10-Minute Teacher Appreciation Gift! Chocolate Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EatASnickers #CollectiveBias

Snickers Teacher Appreciation Gift

Though my son isn’t old enough to go to school yet, he enjoys going to a Parent’s Day Out program at a local church. It gives him a chance to play with other kids his age, and allows me a few hours to get a little bit of work done. This is a true gift!

I appreciate his teachers so much that I decided to make them a little gift basket to help them keep up their strength and energy during the day! After all, keeping up with a roomful of toddler boys and girls is not for the faint of heart. Could you do it? Certainly not on an empty stomach!

Snickers Teacher Appreciation Gift Basket | Craft Buds

Since you can’t go wrong with milk chocolate, I headed to Walmart to load up on my favorite, SNICKERS® bars! I knew my son’s teachers would appreciate the filling peanut-caramel-nougat bars. They make a filling snack that’s great to keep on hand when you’re feeling hungry and need an energy boost!

Snickers Teacher Appreciation Gift Basket | Craft Buds

Gift Basket Instructions

Rather than shopping for a gift bag or basket, I went for functionality. I figured everyone can use a resealable, plastic container from the kitchenware section, which is great for packing a lunch, storing leftovers or even stashing art supplies!

Thank You Gift Card

I used some rubber stamps to put together a simple Thank You note on cardstock. With pinking shears, I cut out the stamped phrase, then used double-sided tape to attach it to a larger piece of cardstock.  I then tied a little bow from thin, pink ribbon and taped it to the card. Since the bow wanted to fall off, I cut two small slits into the cardstock and retied another bow directly onto this slit.

Snickers Teacher Appreciation Gift Basket | Craft Buds

I clipped a clothespin to the card and slipped it in the basket with 7 SNICKERS® bars. From the gift wrap aisle, I picked up accordion-shredded paper for the bottom of my gift basket. I paired it with this handy quilted tote bag, with a free tutorial I wrote over at the Craftsy blog. You can make this tote bag in just 1 hour, and it makes a cute lunch tote with room for your plasticware container, some utensils, an apple and a drink!

Get the FREE tote bag tutorial here.


Walmart Snickers Display

When you’re shopping, you can pick up single chocolate bars in the checkout aisle.

Snickers Walmart Display

Or you can head to the bagged candy aisle (across the aisle from the bread and tortillas in my Walmart store) for 6-bar packs. This is where I found the full-size almond bars. It was a little cheaper to buy individual bars, so I picked up the rest of the traditional peanut bars at the checkout aisle.

I hope you enjoyed this 10-minute teacher appreciation gift tutorial (just a bit longer if you choose to sew the quilted tote bag, too)! And has put together a fun little quiz below. Who are you when you’re hungry?

Craft Organization Ideas: 5 Genius Ways to Stash Your Supplies!

How do you organizer your craft supplies? Do you have a dedicated room to your stash, or do you stow your crafty wares under the bed, in the closets and on the dining room table? We want to thank our friends at the Hair Bow Center for creating this crafting storage infographic with 5 clever ways to store your craft supplies. If you implement even one of these ideas, we bet you’ll feel much better about your overall crafting space, no matter how much room you have for your hobbies.

5 Clever Crafting Storage Ideas | Craft Buds

Studies show that living in a messy, cluttered space causes stress which can effect your own creativity. Do you have any special tips or tricks for keeping your craft space decluttered and more organized?

Power up with a Healthy Banana + Nut Butter Smoothie

Banana Nut Butter Power Smoothie

Sneaking healthy proteins and veggies into your diet can be a challenge, but this delicious smoothie recipe fits the bill, and it tastes delicious, too. Not only is it filling, but this power smoothie provides great energy for your day when you have it for breakfast or lunch, or as a dessert substitute. Made with banana, nut butter, carrots and yogurt, this smoothie is rich in protein, calcium, fruits and veggies! I love this power smoothie as a dessert substitute!

Banana, Nut Butter Power Smoothie


  • 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tablespoons nut butter (I used almond)
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix It Up

Toss the yogurt, milk, banana, nut butter, carrots, and cinnamon in the blender. Blend all ingredients together until mixed, and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for a garnish. You may use your favorite dairy-free milk or yogurt as a substitute, or change out the almond butter for peanut or any other nut butter.

Banana Nut Butter Power Smoothie

In case you wondered, I got these ultra-fun drinking glasses from Uncommon Goods, a shop with loads of great housewarming gifts. This store carries tons of unique gifts made from recycled and/or upcycled materials, and they support artists by selling loads of handmade goods, most created in the USA. You can see the Pop Top Six Pack set of drinking glasses here.

Housewarming Gifts at Uncommon Goods

If you are looking for an easy and fun housewarming gift, check out the artisan jelly and jams set here. With mouth-watering flavors like strawberry chipotle and carrot cake, these jams pair perfectly with a few kitchen utensils, a mixing bowl and pretty tea towel to make a classy anytime gift!

Disclaimer: I received free products in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own.


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