Monday, 8 October 2012

The Legend of Zelda - Link Hat

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Not long ago I made my 14 year old a "Fabulous Finn Hat" and not content with having only one piece of cosplay headwear in his wardrobe, decided that he would also like a Link hat.  Link is character from the "Legend of Zelda" game series and while there are many, many Link hats available for purchase, actual instructions for making one seem few and far between.

We started with two shades of green fleece fabric, about 1 metre of each, which actually gave us enough to make two hats, with plenty of fabric left over.  In this instance we chose the lighter green for the band and measured around my son's head, then cut a length of fabric to that length, plus 2cm seam allowance with an overall width of 10cm.


For the main body of the hat we folded our fabric in half and cut a large triangle, using the fold in the fabric as one of the edges.  We used my son's head circumference to work out the length of the shortest side of the triangle, which would be attached to the headband.  The equation was basically half of his head circumference plus 2cm for the seam allowance.  We then measured the length of the hat at right angles and drew a 65cm line using tailors chalk.  We also wanted to add a little detail to the pointy end of the hat so cut out two smaller triangles to sew in place later.




The machine sewing is really quite simple for this project.

Headband:   Fold fabric length in half with right sides facing and sew along length to form tube.  Turn tube inside out.

Main body of hat:  With right sides facing, pin triangle in place and sew along longest seam.  Turn inside out.

Attach headband to hat:  I did this by hand sewing as I wanted to have the hat looking as less manufactured as possible.  I placed the seam of the headband so that it would sit at the back of the head, while the seam for the main body of the hat would sit at the side of the head so that we could add detail later.



Add details:  We cut off the tip of the hat and hand sewed a small green triangle on the end and used two strands of wool to add detail to the side of the hat. 














Happy sewing

Deb





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6 comments:

  1. This is AWESOME!! I made my hubby a Murloc hat from World of Warcraft a couple years back- THIS is just the perfect thing to follow up on that. Thanks so much for taking the time to share! If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday - http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-25/

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    1. Thanks Kayla, would love to see a photo if you make the hat. I've added to your link party - thanks so much for the invite. Deb

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  2. Very awesome, I would love to make one of these one day :D

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    1. Thanks Stephanie - we'd love to see some photos if you make it - deb

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  3. OMG! this is so awesome! i'm definitely going to try this over Christmas break! :D

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    1. Thank you - sounds like the perfect Christmas present! My son wears his all the time. Since we made the hat, we've also put together a pair of gauntlets using a knitting loom (no previous knitting skills required). You can find that post at http://fitzbirch.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/legend-of-zelda-loom-knit-link.html#.UKBybWdRG9s
      Deb

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