Shabby Chic Mob Cab -- Shower Cap Tutorial

I think my affinity for colonial era mob caps can be traced all the way back to when I was a child, swept up in the whimsy of my grandmother's childhood storybooks, illustrated by Kate Greenaway.

My little girls love bubble baths.  Who doesn't?  When their hair is already clean and shiny from a morning shower, and a bubble bath becomes a part of the evening agenda, it's great to be able to slip an adorable shower cap over their golden tresses.  I found an easy tutorial for a mob style shower cap on SewDelish.  

Here's how I made my own version:

Shabby Chic Mob Cap Shower Cap
(adapted from the SewDelish tutorial)
Level:  Beginner

  • 1 sheet posterboard or large paper
  • 22" square of lightweight cotton print or satin fabric
  • 22" square of thin plastic 
  • (I used a $3 shower curtain liner from Target)
  • 1 package satin or cotton bias tape, coordinating color
  • (extra wide, double fold, 3 yards)
  • 2 yards Vivid Pink Rose Lace Trim 
  • 1/2" elastic, approx. 24" inches in length
  • Small safety-pin
  • pins, coordinating threads, scissors, tape measure, pencil, tweezers or craft stick, sewing machine

Step 1:  Make a pattern by cutting a 21.5" circle from the posterboard.

Step 2:  Use the pattern to trace and cut a 21.5" circle from both the fabric and the plastic.  Pin together with wrong sides facing each other.

Step 3:  Stitch all the way around the edge.  Remove pins.  

Step 4:  Open up bias tape and pin to the plastic side of the shower cap as pictured above (lining up outer edge to outer edge).  Stitch in place.  Remove pins.

Step 5:  Fold tape over to the other side and stitch in place.  

Step 6:  Pin the rose lace trim so that the bottom edge of the roses nearly meets the bias tape.  The tulle should overlap the bias tape.  Your stitches will run just above the bias tape.

Step 7:  Now stitch the topside of the trim, just above the rosettes.

Step 8:  Using a tape measure and pins, measure 2.5" - 3" (depending on how deep you want the ruffled brim) from the outside edge of the cap.  Open-up bias tape and pin in place.

 Step 9:  Stitch on both sides to form a casing for the elastic.

Step 10:  Attach a safety-pin to the elastic and thread through the casing.

Step 11:  Tie both ends of the elastic together loosely and try the hat on your model.  Adjust tightness of elastic if necessary, then re-tie the elastic tightly and push back in to the casing using tweezers or a craft stick.

The finished cap can be washed in a cold water gentle cycle in the washing machine, or with warm water by hand.

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