Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Spring Bucket Hats for my Boys

I pinned a bucket hat tutorial a few months ago for a spring project for my boys. 

The bucket hat brim can be turned up....

Or flipped down.

I’ve been wanting to make hats for my little guys for a month or so. I finally got them finished last week. For the little one, I used Sew Much Ado’s Bucket Hat Pattern. I originally thought it would fit my older guy, but it was just a little tight.  
(I guess he’s got a larger-than-average head.) He’s tall; pretty big for a two year-old.
So I gave the little hat to the little guy. It’s a little big but since he doesn’t seem to like wearing it anyway, I hope it still fits next year.
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For the larger hat (fits my nearly-three year-old) I used the Simplicity Bucket Hat pattern. Yes, it was a pattern for an adult women’s hat and I used size medium. In hindsight, I should have shrunk (shrank?) the depth and the brim. But I didn’t feel like doing math, so I just made it as-is.

The older one really loves hats.

He’s trying to enforce hat-wearing on the younger.  
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I lined the hats with a blue maternity shirt that never fit well. It matched the blue on the outer fabric perfectly. I love that bright blue color. spring bucket hats for boys (8)
The hats are reversible. In case we get tired of colorful
70’s-esque RV print fabric.
(My husband made fun of my fabric choice. Oh well.) I still have some left. I could make him a hat, too!

 Maybe the little one will like hats when he gets a little older. Maybe they can be cute and match-y later in the summer.
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Regarding the hats' construction, I fused medium-weight interfacing to both the lining and outer fabric of the larger hat. I only interfaced the lining of the smaller hat. I like the weight and casual, "smooshable"  feel of the smaller hat more.

My oldest tries to enforce sunglass-wearing, too.
Don’t pin any photos of my kiddos to Pinterest. Thanks.


  1. I LOVE this print! This would make a cute blanket or sheets or curtains in a boy's room! Do you mind me asking where you found this print?

    1. Hi April! I got it at a cute little fabric store in the Strip District in Pgh! It is Robert Kaufman "On the Road"

      The have a whole bunch of coordinating prints.

  2. Hi Jennifer: I'm Connie at, your new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine, too.
    I have to tell you, I love your header. So cute.
    Your boys look adorable in the hats. Thank you for sharing.

  3. adorable. they turned out perfect! Everyone used to ask how I got my toddler to wear a hat. he just liked them. some do and some don't, i guess!

  4. I really need to find a pattern for a hat. I tried making my daughter one with no pattern. It doesn't look anywhere nearly as nice as yours. They're really nice looking hats.:)

  5. I love the fabric too! SO fun for summer!! And you should totally make one for your husband ;) TFS!

  6. These are really cute! I definitely need to check out these links to make one for my little guy!

  7. Adorable! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!

  8. I cannot figure out how to do the brim. I have the Oliver S pattern and I have to see something done to get it. It seems like there is a step or maybe a picture missing. Do I turn under the very edge of the fabrics right side out and stitch really close to the edge?

    1. Hi Mandy,

      I didn't use the directions that go with the Oliver and S pattern. I used the "Sew Much Ado" directions (link in the post)

      So how I did it was: Once you have made both the exterior and lining of the hat, place them both right sides together, stitch around the edge, leaving an opening to turn the whole thing right side out. Then you turn it, push the lining inside the hat, press your side seam flat, and topstitch the edge and opening closed.

      I hope that helps you.

  9. Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post.


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