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L&P 1006: Patrol Cap Pattern for 18 Inch Dolls such as American Girl — perfect casual doll hat for uniforms, or just for fun



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The PATROL or FIELD CAP is a soft, straight-sided fabric cap with a rounded visor and flat top. Versions of this cap have been worn in the U.S. military since at least the 1940s — and since then, it has become a popular casual style as well.

The 18 inch doll (American Girl®-sized) version you can make from this pattern was designed based on a modern-issue Army cap. It looks adorable made in anything from camo prints* and khaki to pretty cottons or tailored twills. Though your doll will love to wear it tipped back on the head at a jaunty angle, he or she might also appreciate the traditional design, in which the raised center back allows the hat to be worn with the top absolutely flat and parallel to the ground – an impressive parade-ground look for any aspiring 18" grunt.

Pattern pieces and directions are included for both the fully-lined cap — and an optional fabric band trim.

This cap is an INTERMEDIATE level pattern, involving curved seams, hand basting and visible top stitching. Lee & Pearl™ have made things as easy as possible, though, and a careful beginner should be able to follow our PHOTO ILLUSTRATED, step-by-step instructions while using our COMPUTER DRAFTED pattern pieces. All Lee & Pearl seam lines get "walked around" on the computer to ensure that the pattern pieces fit together perfectly. Perfect matches = no puckered curves, ever!

*NOTE: The 1:4 scale replica digital camo fabric shown in our photos can be purchased in the Lee & Pearl shop at Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lee&pearl.



1/4 yard of light- or medium-weight woven fabric, such as plain weave cotton, twill or denim, or a scrap at least 14" wide x 11" long – or twice that if using the same fabric for the lining.

1/4 yard woven fabric or lining fabric for lining – or a scrap at least 14" wide x 8" long

Lightweight fusible interfacing for brim (keep it lightweight: the curved shape and decorative stitches will do most of the work supporting the brim)

Matching thread (or contrasting thread as a design choice)

Optional trim: braid, buttons, grosgrain ribbon, patches, iron-ons, ribbon flowers, etc.


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We made the T-Shirts in our photos using Lee & Pearl Pattern #1001: Unisex T-Shirts for 18" Dolls – https://www.etsy.com/listing/156525451/lp-pattern-1001-unisex-t-shirts-for-18?ref=shop_home_active_8

We made the Army Combat Uniform our doll is wearing using Lee & Pearl Pattern #1010: Army Combat Uniform Bundle for 18" Dolls — https://www.etsy.com/listing/172330824/lp-pattern-1010-army-combat-uniform

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This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed.

This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl™. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl™ design credit in the description of those items. Thank you!

Lee & Pearl™ is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl®, the U.S. Army or any other company.

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This turned out wonderful!!!! I quilt, so "sewing" isn't my strong suit, but I loved it. I enlarged the pattern to 155% so I could use these on my memory bears!

Dawn Paulson Sep 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is adorable and a perfect fit! I love this pattern. I just made my first hat from this pattern and it is a perfect fit. The pattern went together so easily and the directions were clear and detailed. Thank you, this is one of my favorites!

N Colleen Sexton Feb 28, 2014

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This is the best fitting hat pattern I have found for the 18-inch doll. I did this in a gray wool and kind of scrunched the front of the hat down onto the brim and got a nice Johnny Reb look. Very fast downloading and lots of good instruction. You can't go wrong with this pattern.

Nina Veale Apr 1, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

SO pleased with this pattern! I made a railroad conductor's cap and it turned out nicely. Instructions are easy to follow and the result is adorable.

Shelly Jul 24, 2021

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