Title:
Tube Shaped Hat
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The shape and form of tube shaped hats are unique—the hats are shaped like envelopes and/or rectangles and/or tubes of toothpaste when worn. The cutting shape, sewing shape, and method used to create the hats are unique—to make each hat, knit fabric—most beneficially polyester fleece—is cut into a near square (rectangular) or square shape. The fabric is folded so that one side end is matched to the opposite side end and sewn together. The resulting tube of cloth is then folded in half lengthwise by pulling one end inside the other. Once folded, the cut end is sewn together. The excess is trimmed between ⅛″ and ¼″ from the stitch. The hat is then turned right-side out and is complete.



Inventors:
Mitchell, Jay Stuart (Chicago, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/276953
Publication Date:
09/20/2007
Filing Date:
03/18/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A42B1/04
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Primary Examiner:
HADEN, SALLY CLINE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
JAY S. MITCHELL (CHICAGO, IL, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A hat shaped like a tube comprising: a piece of stretchable fabric folded and sewn together to form the hat, where the fabric is folded and sewn in such a manner as to use two layers of fabric throughout the hat, except where there are four layers of fabric at the top seem; and where there are two ends, an open end which is the bottom of the hat when the wearer is standing upright with his head above his feet, and a closed end which is the top end when the wearer is standing upright with his head above his feet; and when worn the bottom end as it sits on the wearer's head is shaped similarly to a cylinder when viewed from the side or when viewed from the front in that the end is circular and the sides are straight, and, when viewed from the side the ton end retains its natural flat rectangular-like shape where the corners are near-right angles or ninety degrees, and, when viewed from the front the bottom end is shaped similar to a cylinder and when viewed from the front the top end is substantially thinner than the bottom, and, as such, the hat when worn has a shape similar to a tube of toothpaste, a narrow container, closed at one end, that you press in order to push out the soft substance that is inside; and when not worn and when held closed or flattened the bottom end is shaped similarly to a rectangle where the corners are near-right angles or ninety degrees and the top end retains its natural flat rectangular-like shape where the corners are near-right angles or ninety degrees.

2. The tube-shaped hat according to claim 1, wherein the proportions vary as stated in paragraph 2 of the descriptions section, as the proportions between the height and width of the hats can range from 100 to 100 height to width to 84 to 100 height to width; and where, the hat when not worn and folded flat, takes the a shape ranging from square, where the corners are ninety degree angles and the height and width are the same, to rectangular, where the corners are ninety degree angles and the height and the width are different.

3. The tube-shaped hat according to claim 1, wherein, when not worn the hat can be rolled into a tube-like shape or cylindrical shape, in that the end is circular and the sides are straight, for easy storage and/or transport.

4. The tube-shaped hat according to claim 1, wherein the shapes vary as stated in paragraph 2 of the descriptions section, as the proportions between the height and width of the cut fabric in the production process of the hats can range from square, where the corners are ninety degree angles and the height and width are the same, to rectangular, where the corners are ninety degree angles and the height and the width are different.

5. The tube-shaped hat according to claim 1, wherein the proportions vary as stated in paragraph 2 of the descriptions section, as the proportions between the height and width of the cut fabric in the production process of the hats can range from 100 to 100 height to width to 84 to 100 height to width.

6. The tube-shaped hat according to claim 1, wherein during the production process, there are two sewing lines completed for each hat: the first one stitched while the fabric has been folded vertically and the fabric lays inside-out; and the second one stitched at the top end after the inside layer of the hat has been pulled on top of the outside layer halfway—or—put another way, the outside layer has been pulled through the inside layer halfway and the fabric now sits inside-out.

7. The tube-shaped hat according to claim 6, wherein during the production process, one sewing line is located vertically inside the two layers at the back of the hat and the other sewing line is located at the top of the hat on the inside.

Description:

Toob hats are hats made of stretchable material—for example polyester fleece —that have a distinctive shape. When flat, a toob hat is shaped like a near-square rectangle, or square envelope. When worn, the bottom of the hat stretches around the wearer's eyebrows and temples to the back of the wearer's head. The top of the hat extends above the top of the head. The cylinder shape at the bottom of the hat gradually transforms into a flat shape resembling the end of an envelope or the end of a tube of toothpaste.

To achieve the characteristics named above the following assembly instructions must be followed. Cut the fabric to the proper size. The proportion of height to width for the cut fabric for the tall hats—the height is 100% of the width. The proportion of height to width for the cut fabric for the medium height hats—the height is 96% of the width. The proportion of height to width for the cut fabric for the small height hats—the height is 92% of the width. The actual dimensions depend on qualities of the fabric and the intended wearer's head size. Fold fabric in half vertically. Stitch or connect fabric at non-folded or cut end. Fold the fabric in half horizontally by pulling one half inside the other so that the stitching is inside. Stitch cut end. Fold right-side out so stitching is inside.

The accompanying drawings serve to illustrate the assembly process and the result.

FIG. 1 is the fabric with the intended first fold indicated.

FIG. 2 is the fabric during the folding process.

FIG. 3 is the fabric after the first fold.





 
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