I had originally intended to do a roundup of our handmade clothing from the past week but I ran out of motivation to get pictures each day. O repeated the same few items of clothing and E is not particularly interested in cooperating for any photographs. So instead, I bring you O’s new hat.
This is the reversible bucket hat from Little Things To Sew. I made a size medium (3-5y, 20″) after trying on his sister’s hat and discovering that it fit just fine. O’s head is big but I also think the sizing on this pattern might run small. I didn’t add any inches to the brim this time but I wish I’d added at least a little. This isn’t the best for actually keeping the sun off his face (and cheeks). The hat is andover chambray in blue with a plaid of unknown origin for the reverse.
With E’s hat I added straps after the hat was finished and was never happy with how this looked. So for O’s hat I cut out two fabrics strips (about 1.25 x 17 inches each), double folded as if for bias tape, and stitched along both edged. I attached them to the hat after finishing Step 6 of “Making and Attach the Brim.” I also made buttonholes so the straps could switch sides and the hat would still be reversible. If you’re adding straps in this way I’d suggest assembling the less-busy side first (for me that was the solid blue) so that your hand stitching and the strap through the buttonhole all happen on the busy side (for me, the plaid). You can see the strap attachment during construction here:
A few months ago my husband taught O to play peekaboo where he puts his baseball hat on O’s head and O pulls it off and laughs hysterically. It is an adorable and fun game and we all love playing it with him. Unfortunately this now means that O thinks any hat on his head is a game. To slow him down a bit I made the straps extra-long to tie, rather than using velcro as I had on E’s hat.
This little baby is growing up. But at least he now has a hat for the summer.