I love the simplicity of a flat hood, but sometimes the canvas gets a little hot. I also feel like the stock hood is starting to get a little small. When my son wakes up he immediately pulls at it. That's why I decided to make a new double-sided flat hood.
Here's what you need to make one:
- two coordinating fabrics (a fat quarter of each is enough)
- elastic cord (approximately 42")
- metal snaps (ykk 15 mm are the ones used by Tula or #24 FASHION spring snaps are the same size)
- coordinating thread
- bodkin or safety pins
Now you will need to download and cut out the pattern here. Make sure to select “Actual Size” in the print dialog and not “Fit” or “Shrink oversized pages.”
Now, lay it over your fabric making sure to line up the fold line in the pattern with the fold on your fabric. The narrower end will attach to your carrier, so position your fabric to hang in the direction you choose. Cut out the pattern on the three sides NOT marked as Fold Line.
Measure your marks again to make sure that they are the right distance apart and adjust if necessary. It's important to get the distance apart right so that the hood will snap into your carrier correctly. When in doubt, err on the side of too far apart instead of too close together.
Follow the directions of your preferred snap setting device to install the snaps. You can use snap pliers, snap presses, or more simple mechanical tools to install the snaps. Repeat for the other mark.
If you now need reach straps to attach to your hood, see my post here!
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