Doll Hat


I was reminded by a lovely customer of an idea that I had quite some time ago – I love dealing with customers, I get so much inspiration from you ladies! Anyhow, I pride myself on my hair – how it’s attached and just how much there is on the dolls head. Most of the dolls hair ‘mixes’ have mohair in them which can sometimes be a bit fluffy and be a bit tickly for little noses if your child sleeps with his or her doll.  I’m going to start selling little simple hats that you can get as ‘sleeping hats’ to keep the dolls hair under wraps and away from those delicate noses.

It’s such a simple idea and pattern that I thought I’d just post it here so that , if you’d like, you can just make one yourself. I’m not sure how to post PDF files for you to download (any help  here would be greatly appreciated) so I’m just going to give you the measurements and some pics…

All you need is an old tshirt, or tshirt material, a sewing machine or you can do it by hand, some thread and a needle.


Cut out a 2 pieces of fabric that measure  9″ x 10″.


Sew along one side that’s 9 inches – with the fabric right sides together.


Turn over a 1/2′” seam along the bottom , this will be the bottom of your hat – this is where I like to use a ‘fancy stitch’ on my machine – it’s like the only time I get to use a fancy stitch.. here I used the 22 stitch. Rainbow thread ( I go through about 6 spools a month of this stuff )- is by Coats.


Turn inside out  and stitch the top and other side of the hat. Turn right side out. I got all fancy pants and clipped the edges with pinking shears – only because I have them. This is totally not necessary.



About one inch from the bottom of the corner – I anchor a stitch, then run a running stitch to the other side and anchor there  (think – the little triangles at the top) – this gives your hat cute little ‘ears’ – repeat on the other side. ( I normally would match the thread to the hat, but this white thread was for training purposes!)

Et voila! A doll hat!

Proud of your crafty goodness? Send me a pic to post on Bamboletta Love!!



PS First one to email me at gets the hat!

Tressa - March 19, 2009 - 10:16 pm

you’re such a sweetheart, this is darling! ruby’s bamboletta (that’s what she calls her bamboletta baby) wears one of my knotty caps and a leaf bib. it wasn’t supposed to happen that way, but when the girl wants what she wants for bamboletta, well, that’s what happens.

xo t.

Con - March 19, 2009 - 10:34 pm

I’m going to make one for Nirah so cute!

CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) - March 20, 2009 - 1:01 am

I tried to make one of these for an actual baby, like 8 years go. I followed a pattern from Martha Stewart Baby (remember? It was a short lived spin off magazine) and it looked like crap. I’m still embarrassed when I think about how I gave it to someone. It was lopsided!
I have no skillz.

Christine - March 20, 2009 - 5:18 am

Looks great! And a wonderful idea for bigger kids too.


Monica - March 20, 2009 - 10:32 am

Totally doing this!! Woohoo!
Gracon wear’s one of Bear’s newborn caps every night…it’s our ritual. Nurse Bear, cap Gracon, nighty-night. 😉

Monica - March 20, 2009 - 6:14 pm

And…I forgot to tell you how cool your pincushion is! lol…LOVE it!

bethany - March 21, 2009 - 2:20 pm

Your dolls do have the best hair I’ve ever seen! And the hat is the cutest doll hat I’ve ever seen!!! I just imagined lots of cute illustrations of kids curled up with their dolls!

cheryl - March 22, 2009 - 5:11 am

Love the hat and now I know what I will be doing on mon.

Colleen - March 22, 2009 - 11:05 am

Thanks for the gentle nudge…Honora’s doll has been waiting for a hat while i knit (slowly) things for real (ahem) people. Now that we’ve sprung forward i may have to try and sew a lid.

lotus flower - July 20, 2009 - 5:47 pm

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.

Angie Neil - January 15, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Thank you so much for sharing how you did this! Loving the rainbow thread too!!

Carrie - January 15, 2011 - 1:05 pm

So cute! Wish I could sew!

Jansman - January 15, 2011 - 3:28 pm

An excuse to use the embroidery features on my machine! Thanks for a great idea 🙂

Amanda - January 15, 2011 - 10:49 pm

I love it Fancypants! LOL! Thank you so much!

Bonnie Moore - January 16, 2011 - 3:45 am

Very cute, and a great idea, Christina! Thank you. Have you ever posted a tutorial on attaching hair? You are correct that your dolls’ hair is the best – I’d love a description of how you prepare and attach that, too, if you haven’t already posted it in the blogosphere somewhere!

lindsay - January 19, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. By the way, I love the aqua-ish coat in the background of the top pic. 🙂

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