Pickle Project: Cycling Cap sewing pattern

Edited: Now, with photos!
The first batch are courtesy of Lovely Bicycle!‘s photostream:

Emily's Hats

Emily's Hats

Size Small, large brim, with earflaps, wool coating.

Emily's Hats

Emily's Hats

Size medium, summer weight, no earflaps, quilting cotton.

Emily's Hats

Size large, earflaps, small brim, polar fleece and nylon ripstop.

Emily's Hats
Size large, earflaps, large brim with plastic stiffener, fleece.

And a few more, including a little of the process:

Winter and summer, both with the large brim option.

Winter and summer, both with the large brim option.. 

Binder clips are a handy alternative to pins that don't distort the fabric as much and work much better with thick materials.

Binder clips are a handy alternative to pins that don’t distort the fabric as much and work much better with thick materials.

Earflap piece, turned and topstitched.

Earflap piece, turned and topstitched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing the inside seam allowance by trimming and zig-zagging.

Finishing the inside seam allowance by trimming and zig-zagging.

Finishing the inside seam allowance by topstitching each side flat.

Finishing the inside seam allowance by topstitching each side flat.

There's an x-wing on my hat!

There’s an x-wing on my hat!.

 

 

 

 

Small brim option.

Small brim option.

I saw this material at the store and had to buy it.

I saw this material at the store and had to buy it.

A childhood obsession.

A childhood obsession.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we get into the holiday shopping spree season, I thought it would be nice to offer a sewing pattern for a great gift you can make yourself. This cycling cap pattern offers four sizes, two different brim choices, and optional ear flaps, and works great in all different materials from light, summery cotton to warm wool and fleece. It’s quick and simple, and the end result is something any cyclist can use more of!

You can also try making it out of old or discarded cycling jerseys or jackets, sheets, shirts, t-shirts, pants, shrunken lightweight sweaters, etc. No stampeding into the mall, since you might not even need to buy anything to make it!
The hat is designed to lie flat with minimal bulk under a helmet, with optional wrap-around ear flaps that are thicker and warmer.

The pattern has two brim options: the larger one is closer in size and shape to that of a baseball cap, the smaller one is more like a typical cycling cap’s brim.

This pattern is available here for free for your own personal use, but if you like it, please consider making a donation to the League of American Bicyclists.

If you have questions, put them in the comments to this post so that other people can see them too. Happy sewing!

Pattern files (all except instructions are in PDF format):
Instructions

Ear Flaps

Large Brim

Side Panel

Small Brim

Top Panel and Hat Band

 

Pattern pieces in JPEG format, in case the PDFs don’t work for you for some reason:

Ear Flaps

Large Brim

Side Panel

Small Brim

Top Panel and Hat Band

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Random Cycling Limericks

The site has a new silly feature, random cycling limericks at the bottom of the home page. Click refresh to get another one. If you are expecting a refined and tasteful wit, you will be disappointed, but if you would like to contribute to the list, please do send ‘em on over. I reserve the right to edit for content, clarity, meter, or any other whim. :)

A Random Limerick: (If you don’t like it, click “refresh” for another one)

There was a randonneur so inclined
He used three jars of chamois cream combined
You could hear a faint "splat"
Whenever he sat
And he left a big grease stain behind.
-E. OB

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