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padding out a foam head
I have always liked the skull shape of a female styrofoam head. Much better than a poly high dome hat block. The poly blocks come in whole number head sizes but styrofoam heads come in ~21" only, that is only an Ex-small. So over the years when I wanted to make something larger I needed to add layers of batting or heavy wool to pad them out. Below is the best way I can think to do it, to get the smoothest head possible and also have layers so you can go up or down for different projects. The padded form can be covered with plastic wrap for shaping wet buckram or with foil for blocking or sewing strip hats (see the pictures of the lace cloche below). One of the pluses of using a head over most hat crown blocks is you keep the shape of the back of the head. Which is important for hats that sit low on the back of the head like a Cloche.

padding out a foam head

cut sets of patterns pieces
Cut sets of patterns pieces. I like Dream Cotton Batting because it can stretch to fit. I think that polar fleece would also work. For each layer I added to the styrofoam head I increased the head size between ~1/2 to 3/4".
Sew the sets together with a zig-zig or Triple zig-zag stitch
Sew the sets together with a zig-zig or triple zig-zag stitch. Make sure you do not overlap the layers you just butt them together.
Pull and stretch the cotton batting caps until ther are no wrinkles or bumps
Pull and stretch the cotton batting caps until there are no wrinkles or bumps.
Add bias around the head along the cloche head opening
Add bias tape around the head to define the cloche head opening.
cover with foil so that you can iron or hand sew and not catch the needle in the batting
cover with foil so that you can iron or hand sew and not catch the needle in the batting.
LaceCloche1, An example of a bobbon lace cloche made to a 23+ head size
LaceCloche 1, An example of a bobbin lace cloche made to a 23+ head size.
LaceCloche2
LaceCloche 2
LaceCloche3
LaceCloche 3
LaceCloche4
LaceCloche 4
LaceCloche5
LaceCloche 5
clochepadding 1
clochepadding 1 each pattern piece is divided into two files. Print out all 4 and tape them together. They do overlap.
clochepadding 2
clochepadding 2
clochepadding 4
clochepadding 4
clochepadding 3
clochepadding 3
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