Quick & Easy Reversible Tulip Hat Sewing Pattern

Sachi’s Studio
by Sachi’s Studio
13 Materials
3 Hours

Today, I’m going to show you how to make my free tulip hat sewing pattern. It’s reversible and pretty easy to make. I actually made many variations of this DIY tulip hat as it’s so straightforward. If you want to try it, then page down to see how to make it! Let’s start.

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Linen fabric
  • Fusible cotton interfacing for light to medium-weight fabric
  • Free tulip hat sewing pattern
  • Paper
  • Iron
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Ironing board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric clips
  • Sewing machine
Adjust the tulip hat pattern

1. Adjust the pattern

Fold the pattern and paper in half to find the center line. Then, line up both center lines. 

Modifying the pattern

From the edge of the cutting line of the pattern, measure 1½“ down the center line. 

Extending the lines

Extend the sideline by ½“. 

Connecting the points with a curve

Connect these two points with a curved line. 

Cutting out the panel pattern

Fold the paper in half and cut. 

Fusing the interfacing

2. Fuse the interfacing

I prefer to fuse the interfacing to the fabric before cutting out small pieces like half patterns. It’s easier and more accurate to add interfacing to smaller pieces.

To do this, face the wrong sides of the fabric to the rough side of the fusible interfacing. Use the hottest iron setting your fabric can endure. Also, put your weight on the iron to add heat and pressure to fuse both layers. 

Cutting out the tulip hat sewing pattern

3. Cut the DIY tulip hat pieces

Once your fabric has cooled, start cutting out your pattern pieces. You’ll need 12 pieces of the same shape, which means using the pattern 12 times.

If you cut directly next to the pattern, you might slice off small pieces of the pattern. After 12 times of doing this, you may end up with smaller pattern pieces. To avoid this, always trace your pattern to the fabric. 

Adding small pieces with interfacing

Should a corner not be covered entirely with interfacing, then add small interfacing pieces as needed. 

Trimming excess interfacing

Cut off any excess interfacing, and you’re good to go! 

Sewing the tulip hat

4. Sew the DIY tulip hat

Now, it’s time to make the tulip hat! Start by attaching 3 pieces with one long stitch. Place two pieces of the same fabric right sides facing and start sewing from the top edge. Then, stop ¼“ from the bottom edge. 

How to sew a tulip hat

Sew with a ¼“ seam allowance throughout. 

Snipping the seam allowance

Clip the seam allowance on this curve before stitching it down. This will help the seam allowance lay flat on the wrong side. 

Opening the seam allowance to the wrong side

Open the seam allowances on the wrong side and stitch about ⅛“ to the side, on both sides of the center stitch. 

DIY tulip hat tutorial

Do this with the right sides of the fabric facing up. 

Sewing the panels together

Now, repeat the same step with the third piece. Also, repeat the whole process for the remaining three pieces. 

Attaching the panels

Now that you have two pieces attach both with one long stitch. Place them right sides facing and leave ¼“ at the bottom edges. Then, clip the curves. 

Sewing the seam

Stitch down the seam the same way you did when attaching the individual pieces. 

DIY tulip hat

How to make a reversible tulip hat

Next, repeat the process with the other fabric. 

Placing one hat into the other

5. Assemble the reversible DIY tulip hat

Flip one of the pieces wrong sides out and place it on top of the other (right sides facing). 

Sewing around the brim

Align the seams and sew around the brim with a ¼“ seam allowance. 

Leaving a gap to turn the fabric

Leave 3“ open so you can flip the hat right sides out. 

Clipping V-shapes

Clip V-shapes every inch or so. This way, the seam allowance will lay nicely when you flip the DIY tulip hat the right sides out. 

Turning the fabric

6. Turn to the right side

Once done, flip your hat. 

Rolling out the seams

Roll out the seams, so they come to the edges. 

Pressing the brim with an iron

7. Press

Then, iron from both sides. 

Pressing the seam allowance inside

For the opening, fold the ¼“ seam allowance inside. 

Hand-sewing the opening closed

8. Sew the opening closed

Hand stitch the opening closed. I used a ladder stitch. 

Adding decorative stitches to the tulip hat

9. Add decorative stitches

This is optional; I made four rows of decorative stitches around the brim, a ¼“ apart. 

Making the tulip hat sturdy

These stitches definitely stiffen the brim a little more. 

DIY tulip hat

Reversible tulip hat

Reversible tulip hat sewing pattern tutorial

I love how this DIY tulip hat came out. What I love the most is that I can throw it in my bag when I’m not using it. I hope you enjoyed this tulip hat tutorial. Good luck! 

Suggested materials:
  • Cotton fabric
  • Linen fabric
  • Fusible cotton interfacing for light to medium-weight fabric
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