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Aviator Cap Tutorial by Cristophine Aviator Cap Tutorial by Cristophine
This is a simple tutorial on how to make an aviator cap.

1. sew the short ends of the headband together to make a ring.

2. sew the 4 triangles together so you get a half sphere and sew this to the headband

3. position the ear flaps appropriately and sew to the bottom of the headband.

I only lined my ear flaps to give them extra weight, but if you choose to line the entire hat, you will basically need to make two of these one of the outer fabric and one of the lining fabric and sew them together.



Here's my finished product:
Sorry about the skull, I had a dopey face and this was an improvement...
[link]

Here it is with my closet steampunk outfit
[link]

Here's :iconsubzenyth:'s version: (Love that title XD)
[link]

Here's :icontamago23:'s version. Canvas was used instead of pleather and it looks great!: [link]

This is :iconsci00:'s version. FF12 Moogle!! She made holes in the top of the cap to fit the ears through.
[link]

Feel free to note me or email me with any questions you may have.
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:iconachidori:
Achidori Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Love your outfit, quite fitting. Loving the goggles, too. (:
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:iconrei-yami-hikari:
Rei-Yami-Hikari Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Student General Artist
I LOVE YOU, THANK YOU.
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HeartstringsPuppet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I am attempting to make this hat =D Thank you for the tutorial.
I was wondering what fabric you would recommend for the inside of the hat. The fabric I have is sort of thin but I don't know what should be on the inside to level it out. What would you recommend? c:
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
Probably something soft for the lining like cotton or flannel. If you think your fabric is too thin you could get iron-on fusible interfacing which will basically give your fabric some weight. Hope that helps.
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HeartstringsPuppet Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It does help c: Thanks!
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:iconvelvetvortex:
VelVetVorteX Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow this is very good!!!!! When i find some free time i will definitely give it a try!!!
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:iconkokoro-soma:
Kokoro-soma Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I really wanna make this~
I just need to find some fabric.
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:iconzoieluzar:
zoieluzar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
love it! im making fuzzy versions of this with ears! thanks!
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:icondragon-lu-ver:
Dragon-lu-ver Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely will try this! Thanks! =3
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:icongabriella123:
GaBrIeLlA123 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm making one, thanks for this! :]
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:iconcraftn00b:
Craftn00b Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Thanks for the pattern! I want to try something new and need some inspiration.
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:iconotakuvampire:
Otakuvampire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering, do aviator caps always have to be made of leather or brown or can it be made from regular fabric?
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any fabric will do!
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:iconotakuvampire:
Otakuvampire Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay! Thank you!
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:iconsuper-moses:
Super-Moses Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I bow to you for making such an awesome thing. :XD: I want to be Amelia Earhart for halloween, and this is the best pattern I've been able to find so far without actually BUYING a cap...which I have no money for... :XD:
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:iconsgt-scales:
sgt-scales Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
now i wanna try to make this out of duct tape for some reason..
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:iconkanadra:
kanadra Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds like a great idea to me. xD
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:iconsgt-scales:
sgt-scales Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
ehh, mine looks like crap
i dont think im going to post it
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:iconsgt-scales:
sgt-scales Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
ill post it when i get around to acctually making it (dont judge, im lazy )
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:iconxzeetox:
xzeetox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
ooooh! sweet!!! that helps alot! i've been searching for a pattern for AGES!
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:iconfallingsorrow:
fallingsorrow Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
great tutorial....I'm trying it now
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:iconscribblekitty:
ScribbleKitty Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
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:iconflameshuken:
FlameShuken Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Quick question... I was looking up aviator hat things because of the following hat- [link]

Would it be possible to use fabric with YOUR pattern to achieve it? or must it be leather?
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any fabric is fine. Go nuts! :D
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:iconflameshuken:
FlameShuken Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome thanks <3
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:iconfantasystock:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
:+fav: This tutorial is featured in "Costume Design 101" for Costume Week.

Thank you for sharing your design techniques with the community!
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wicked! Thank you so much! =D
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:iconslarson802:
slarson802 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
this is a kickass tutorial! I am handstitching a leather one atm, will post pics when theyre up! :D thanks so much!
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Glad I could help :)
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:iconkaiserrj:
KaiserRJ Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, goody! 8D I've been needing this for a cosplay!! Thanks a bunch! I'll post a link when it's done c:
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome :D
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:iconjakito-kun:
jakito-kun Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
Hey, could i ask you something? I had a spanish talk page about cosplay, and im looking for good tutorials to translate. Can I translate yours, and use the photos? I will give you the credit, anyway...
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sí, sigue por favor! *is originally from Venezuela* =D
Do you have a link to the page?
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:iconpeacelovespyro:
peacelovespyro Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
8D :heart: Exactly what I needed! I have goggles, but not a cap. Thanks tons~!
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:iconmd427:
md427 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is so cool! I'm totally gonna make one to go with the goggles I'm making. :D Thanks so much!!
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nimbler-than-you Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Yay! I found a pattern! Who knew it would be on deviantart, the site I'm on 24/7? Thank you soso much! I can't wait to make it!!!
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lulz no problem. I hope you post pics of your finished hat :)
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:iconnimbler-than-you:
nimbler-than-you Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Will do! Thanks again!
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:iconladylucrezia:
ladylucrezia Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
This is gonna be a huuuge help with my steampunk outfit :iconlawooplz: Thank youuu!
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:icontuhkasade:
Tuhkasade Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If I tried to make an hat, it would turn out as a some sort of.... undefinable piece of... something.

When the skull popped out I was just "HOLY JESUS CHRIST" even though I read the description and knew DA was right with the monsters...
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:iconcraniifer:
craniifer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Thankyou! This will save me so much money!
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) no prob
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:iconsugar-snapper:
Sugar-Snapper Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist
Ooo! I might have to make one of these! It looks cool! I have some leather like stuff my dad gave me up stairs So I might make one! Thanks for posting this!
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Sci00 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Hi! As promised, here is the link to my costume! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I made it out of pleather and hand sewed giant button holes for my moogle ears. Enjoy : D [link]
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
8D Awesome! I love it! I want the jacket lol I'd wear that everyday.
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TheInfamousFlatline Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
I'm starting my very first steampunk outfit, based around a single vest. I want to make this hat so much, but I realized about 2 minutes ago that I look terrible in aviator caps and anything to do with earflaps! However, I may still make it. You did a great job with this tutorial, it is simple and applicable to everyone who wants to do it. If I make it, I'll show you :)
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I hope you do make it, I love seeing the variations that people come up with :)

P.S. I look terrible in aviator caps too XD
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:icontheinfamousflatline:
TheInfamousFlatline Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I horrendously butchered the first try...I'll try again soon XD
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:iconcristophine:
Cristophine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lol good luck!
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:iconiknowpploncrack:
IknowPPLonCRACK Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Holy jebus, thankyouthankyouthankyou.
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