Spring sure feels a long way off. But in (hopeful? desperate?) preparation I’ve made up a bunch of the Oliver + S bucket hats.
The pattern is from the book Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, but you can also find the pattern online for free.
I made three, in sizes Medium and Large. They are a bit big, but in a nice way.
The pattern was very easy to follow and quick to finish.
The only thing I changed was to use iron-in interfacing, instead of sew-in. I used Pellon 950F Shir-Tailor, and I really like the results: crisp, but not too crunchy.
I chose fabrics with a lot of contrast, and if you to do the same, choose your top stitching thread early. I did all the top stitching. The instructions say it’s optional but I think you need it to give the hat structure.
If I were to make it again, the only thing I might change is the top stitching on the hat brim. It says to stitch concentric circles at 1/4″ intervals, but I think it might look nicer to sew in a continuous spiral.
The fabrics are all by Ann Kelle from her Urban Zoologie collection, and they match the lunch money cuffs I posted yesterday.
This was a great stash busting project. The yellow and whales were leftover from my Sunshine Bug Quilt and Whale Quilt. With this project and the Lunch Money Cuffs I posted yesterday, I was able to use up all my red and yellow solids, and almost all of the cute animal prints. There might be enough fabric left for a small zip bag for each kid. We’ll see. Me and Anne Kelle might need to take a little break now.
No one felt like cooperating for a photo session today, so you only get photos of hats. Maybe next time.
Pattern Review: Bucket Hats from the book Oliver + S Little Things to Sew.
Bright Whales by Ann Kelle from Urban Zoologie (Robert Kaufman).
Kona Corn Yellow
Red Ladybugs by Ann Kelle from Urban Zoologie (Robert Kaufman).
Liquorice Cats by Ann Kelle from Urban Zoologie (Robert Kaufman).
Free Spirit Designer Solid in Pink
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Results: Great. I would recommend this pattern and plan to make more.
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4 thoughts on “Spring Hats”
Darling! I have been wanting to pick up their book and patterns for awhile.
hi, please help me! i see the ladybug hat you made. is it possible you could make a cloche style hat for me? i need something dressier looking, i think, than the bucket hat?
but that fabric totally matches a dress i have, it’s the kaufman print. please get back to me asap, i would need a hat by mid may!
Glad you like my hat! I wish I could help, but I’m currently only sewing for my own family. I’m also out of that fabric – this fabric was part of my stash busting challenge. And also, I have no idea how to make a cloche hat, especially not for a grown-up. Best of luck in your search for the perfect hat!
Hey Julia. You might be able to find a cloche hat on etsy and/or someone who can sew it for you. Best regards