You may have heard of the pillbox hat, but maybe you weren’t aware of what one is. Well, I believe it’s called a pillbox hat because it’s shaped… (I’m sure you’ve guessed) like a pill box!
For my pillbox hat, I used Simplicity 7601 Barbie doll clothes pattern. This is one I often recommend to people when they’re searching for an easy-to-sew coat pattern for Barbie. As you can see in the images above and below, the coat itself is pretty easy to make.
I used plain old craft felt for both my coat and my hat, and although the little pillbox hat can be a little fiddley because it’s so small, it is truly one of the easiest Barbie hats to make.
You just cut out a circle for the top of the hat and a rectangle for the crown. There’s no brim at all. And if you’re using felt, you don’t even have to hem it.
The rectangle is sewn directly to the top of the hat (the circle piece), and when the two short sides of the rectangle meet up, you sew them together.
That’s it. You’re done!
And frankly, I think the pillbox hat, simple though it is, gives Barbie a classy look that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace, and Queen Elizabeth II.
For such a quick and easy hat, you can’t beat that!
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