Dog Days Hat

Pattern: Mimi and Tara's free Dog Cap pattern
Fabric: remnants of wool, canvas and cotton woven
Cost: free

Between studying and working this year, I've managed to grab bits of time to sew. Sometimes it's enough to make a full blouse, other times it's just an hour or two to have some fun. In this case, I stole away a couple of hours and decided that something hilarious was on the sewing agenda. And so Beatrix got a new hat.

Whether it's creating Halloween costumes with large googly eyes or cutting out a miniature A's logo, I find whimsical things like this fun and, frankly, good for the soul. There's something so silly and simple-hearted about playing dress up. So why not give the dog a hat for our favorite team?

This pattern is made using a free multi-size hat pattern from Mimi and Tara, a dog clothing pattern maker. The shaping is achieved with a dart at center back and is held to the head with elastic straps going under the chin and on both sides of the ears. I added interfacing to the brim to give it shape, but it could use a bit more starch or better support as the fabric there is just cotton shirting.

The pattern suggests lining the hat, so of course I immediately thought, "Make it reversible!" It didn't take much more work to cut out my other favorite team's logo. Both logos are cut from fabric backed with interfacing and were appliquéd to the hat fabric before assembling the hat. I finished the raw edges of the hat at the front, and then used fold over elastic to finish the raw edges along the sides and back, which extends to become the straps.

She has already worn it out to the bar a few nights, sporting whichever team was playing. I think she loves the attention. And I get a huge kick out of very silly things.

Happy hump day everyone!


  1. Adorable! Looks like it was a fun project

  2. This hat turned out great! I love it. I love it so much that I'd like to make one for each of my parents' dogs for a holiday gift. As a reference point, what size pattern did you cut for your dog?

    1. Good question! For her I used a medium - she's 21lbs and usually wears a medium in store-bought clothes.

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