Making a hat for a child's doll is an easy and rewarding project. Not only can you choose the style and design, you can also make it in any fabric you choose. You can even make a dress to match, giving your child an outfit that is uniquely hers. The following directions are for a little hat with a ribbon, flowers, and flared sides that will sit loosely on the doll's head, so you don't have to fuss with the fit.
Measure the doll's head so you can cut the fabric for a more accurate fit. Since the hat adjusts easily, it doesn't have to fit precisely.
Cut a square of fabric to make the top of the hat. Cut four pieces of fabric in squares that flare out toward the bottom edges. This will allow the hat to fit loosely over the doll's head. Cut two narrow strips of fabric. These will be ties to hold the hat on.
Sew the four sides of the hat together, allowing them to flare at the bottom. Attach the sides to the top of the hat, with all edges turned under to keep them from fraying. Sew ties on opposite sides of the hat so it can tie under the doll's chin.
Stitch a thin piece of ribbon around the four sides of the hat an inch or two up from the bottom. Make a little matching bow in one corner.
Sew on a cluster of tiny silk flowers.
Depending on the size of the doll's head, you can use a wider ribbon for the band that encircles the hat. You can even use a favorite pair of pajamas the child has outgrown to make the hat, giving her a way to keep a special piece of clothing.