Monday, April 25, 2011

Make Marina's Bottlecap Hat

Yes you heard it right! I made Marina's hat
from a bottlecap. As I stated earlier it sits really
good on an average miniature dolls head.  A
china dolls head is much bigger so I was trying
to figure out a a good size. Thats when I thought
about a bottlecap. However if I was going to make Marina
another hat I would definitely use a bigger bottlecap.
Marina's clothes are actually
made from a small babys infant pair of pants. I
think they were size 6 months. These pants were stretchy.
Stretchy gives a little, cotton does not give any. So if you use
cotton then you must be kind of accurate when you cut.
This is what I like about stretch fabrics. You dont have to be so precise
you can s t r e t c h  to fit!  These little pants had the
cutest pink ruffle going around each edge of the leg. Sorry
that I didnt snap a photo of them. I just didnt
think about it at the time. The directions are long but simple.
 Only a few supplies are needed:
a bottlecap - see the size I used
stretchy fabric that has a ruffle already attached
some cotton batting or cotton balls unrolled
glue & toothpicks
decorative flowers or other of your choice
 Directions:  Cut out 2 large circles & sit
the other piece of the fabric aside. Make sure these
circles are alot larger than the bottlecap.
Make sure the bottlecap is cleaned & dry. Place the
bottlecap down on the wrong side of the fabric &
draw around it. This piece goes on the inside of the
 Cut this piece out and sit aside.
 Double the cotton and mold it around the bottlecap
to fit. Now take the cotton back off & be sure to keep its
 Take your glue bottle & dump a massive amount of glue
on the top of the bottlecap. A little glue along the sides.
 Spread the glue evenly all around the bottlecap & on the
top with your finger with a toothpick.
Take your cotton shape & put it over the glue.
 It should look similar to this. Be sure to shape it with your
fingers all around before you cut off any overlapping
 This is what the bottlecap looks like from the inside with
the cotton glued on the outside.
 This is what the bottlecap looks like with the cotton
glued on the outside. The cotton is wrapped around the
bottlecap to soften its hard lines.
At this point, you should have these 3 pieces. Place
the large circle with its fabric right side down on the
table or other surface. The wrong side of the fabric
should be staring you in the face.
Now take the cotton wrapped bottlecap & put alot of
glue on the inside. Spread the glue evenly on the bottom
& the sides with the toothpick. Then lay the bottlecap
in the middle of the large circle.
Now it doesnt matter how you do it - theres no right or
wrong way. Start putting the fabric on the inside, smash
it down on the sides into the glue. Work the fabric all around
the sides untill it is even & there arent any wrinkles on the
outside of the bottlecap. This will take you a few minutes or
 The bottlecap should look like this. All of the inside is
smashed down really good. Make sure the sides are
stuck good. If its too bulky you will have to pull up
the inside & trim it off so it will lay as flat as possible.
Then smash it back down. There still should be enough
glue for it to stick. Now take that little round piece
& put it on top. You dont want this piece too big. It
should fit just on the bottom. So pick it back up &
trim it. Check to make sure that it fits if it doesnt
& it is still too big. Then trim it again. Repeat until
it fits.
 Now put some more glue inside & stick that little round
piece in. Smash it down good & with your fingernail or
toothpick push the fabric edges down into the fabric so
as not to see much of that cut edge.
 Now this is what you want it to look like. You want it
to be as smooth as possible.
 Now you can cut the ruffle off of the pants. I didnt measure
I just cut off a long piece.
 Now you have to clean up the ruffle. If there is a seam
then cut it off.
 Now clean up the ruffle some more. Cut off all excess
fabric up to the seam so it looks like this.
 Now measure the ruffle around the bottlecap. Cut off
a little more that is needed just for good measure. Set the
rest aside.
 Now glue the ruffle seam on the inside of the bottlecap.
It will look something like this. Also glue the side seam
of the ruffle. Make sure that its stuck down good.
 This is what it should look like on the outside. Take
your ribbon & measure it around the bottlecap close
to the ruffle. Cut off a little bit more to overlap the
ribbon. Set the ribbon aside.
 Now put glue around the lower edge of the bottlecap
just above the brim as shown. Do not glob the glue.
Be sure that when you glue the ribbon onto the hat
to start the ribbon where the seam of the ruffle is.
Keep the ruffle seam & the ribbon seam matched up together.
 Here is the ribbon glued on. Now take 2 pieces of
ribbon about 2 inches long, Cut the ends at an
angle. Put glue on the unangled ends.
 Apply one ribbon at an angle on the ribbon seam.
Apply the other ribbon on top of the ribbon & angle it.
It should look like this.
 Now glue down your flower or other trim. If you
use a flower like this be sure to glue down the green
leaves. Your ribbon & ruffle seam should be hidden.


  1. Muchisimas gracias por el tutorial, lo has explicado muy bien y ademas te ha quedado precioso.
    A mi seguramente no me quedara tan bien, soy un poco torpe para las agujas y el pegamento jejejeje
    besitos ascension

  2. Nice tutorial Connie, thank you.

  3. Hola Ascensión,
    Usted es bienvenido. Sé que usted dijo que usted no es tan bueno con las agujas. Sé que puedes hacerlo! Tómese su tiempo y asegúrese de entender todas las instrucciones antes de hacerlo. Trato de dar instrucciones claras para usted. Si necesita ayuda para que me haga saber.
    muchos abrazos para usted

  4. Hello Cheryl,
    Thank you for the nice comment. I hope that you will give it a try sometime.

  5. what a great tutorial, thank you very much