Recognise this pattern?

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Yes, it’s from the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The minute I saw it I knew what it had to become…

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This beautiful little sunhat is from The Purl Bee, a site I frequently bookmark. I made it with six cap panels instead of four, and made the brim in one piece rather than two. I also used some semi-stiff interfacing (sold for handbags, I think) to make the brim a bit less floppy. It worked a treat!

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In fact it worked so well I made four of them.

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One will be heading for Zimbabwe, one for Orange NSW, one staying here in Wellington… and one is an extra, for the next little baby that comes along. Naturally I had to buy four copies of this as well, to go with them…

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Hemmed in

I’ve always been a bit scarf-wary. Not the long snuggly woolly ones (what’s not to love?) or the nice soft cotton ones (I’m ready for you, weather), but the square-silky variety loved by grandmothers worldwide.

Or so I thought, until I worked with a lady who knew how to Wear A Scarf. She looked so good that I decided I had to learn, starting with this youtube video: 25 ways to wear a scarf.

Naturally, I wanted to look like this:

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There’s still some way to go, but the scarf is sorted! I spent a whopping $4.50 at Spotlight on three of their best polyester chiffons, which matured in a drawer for several weeks pending hemming.

First I considered buying a special foot for the machine. Then I considered looking up techniques on Google. In the end, I just had a play, and magically it worked. Makes up for all those zippers I’ve botched EVEN THOUGH I’VE DONE IT A THOUSAND TIMES.

First, I zig-zagged the raw edge (this adds a bit of weight to the edge, and stabilises it).

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Next I rolled the edge carefully and fed it through…

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And here, my friends, is a tiny hem! This one was just under 3mm, the others were even smaller.

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Hooray for visits from the lucky sewing fairy!