Summer is on the way! Inspired by a picture I saw on Instagram, I decided to make the boys some hats. I’ve never made a hat before, but armed with the free Oliver and S reversible bucket hat pattern, I decided I’d DIY bucket hat, times four! One was a gift and it was quickly dispatched, the other disappeared off to child care before I could snap a picture.
I didn’t take up sewing as a cost saving thing. It’s a creative outlet and a hobby I can pursue without leaving the house. I suspect making these hats is the very first time my sewing has saved us money. It’s a free pattern and I used left over fabric from other projects. Those fancy bucket hats are about 30 bucks, so I’ll take the DIY bucket hat as a win!
Now, I am not keen on hand sewing. In fact, I avoid it like the plague. Thankfully I found some machine hack instructions for the hat. Don’t you love the internet? The other change I made to the pattern was to increase the width of the brim by one inch, on the advice @Mrs Smyth Made This gave me on Instagram. It certainly gave the hats a huge brim! Mr Wallace noted the wide brim and I joked that their necks wouldn’t get sunburnt. Mr Wallace then rather cheekily said, ‘or their shoulders’. Ha, well I figure there’s nothing wrong with being sun smart!
The hats have been a hit at childcare. The teachers are impressed with the sun protection they offer. I often find it tough to find things to sew for little boys, but I’m adding a DIY bucket hat to my list of things to sew for boys. They are super cute and would make a lovely gift for a baby, along with a bib or appliqué onesie, or even a kid’s birthday present for the older boys friends.
I’m rather impressed with my first DIY bucket hat! What do you think, is the brim too ridiculously wide?
Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT