Thursday, September 22, 2011

Aviator Helmet Tutorial

Hi! Jen and Autie here, from iCandy handmade.
First off, thanks to all who voted for our Mini-Mav look!
Today, we would like to show you how we made our old-school aviator helmet. 

It was my favorite part of the whole project, as there were no broken needles, shredding thread, or hand winding my machine.  It came together very smoothly (unlike the jacket!).

To start out, first you must go here to get the pattern.  Scroll down to the bottom for the 3-piece pattern.  Copy and paste the picture (of the pattern) into an image editing software, where you can resize it.  OR you can print it and, using a copy machine, enlarge it to fit.

To get the size, measure the child from the top of his forehead to the back of his head at the hairline.  This is how long the coif center piece should be.  So in my image editing software, I just enlarged the picture (all pattern pieces) until the coif center piece was as long as I needed it to be.  It worked out great. Then I just printed it out.
When printing, it was too big to fit on one page, so I just taped pages together.

With the hat we made, there wasn't much leather left after making the jacket.  So I just randomly sewed strips of leather together to be big enough to fit the pattern pieces on.

Finally, once the ear parts were sewn on, we added a buckle that had come off of the original jacket to the flaps.  You could cut up an old belt, or buy the hardware from the fabric store and add it to a couple of strips of your material you make the hat out of.  Or you can leave them off altogether.

Here is how the back looks:

Don't want to draft your own pattern? Use the Aviator Hat Pattern as a base for this project. Want to save this tutorial for later? Pin this image below: 

Aviator helmet hat tutorial

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  1. Thank you for the tute! I am so doing this for my 2-year-old. She is going nuts over the pictures of your lil' Mav!

  2. What a beautiful Tute ! ! Thanks a lot ! I'm making one for myself.
    Thanks again.

  3. Thanks so much for walking us through this! Found that same pattern online, but wasn't quite sure about some of the specifics! My 5 yr old wants to be Amelia Earhart for Halloween this year, so here we go!!!!


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