My library recently added Creative Bug access to our library accounts, which gave me the chance to make versions of a sun hat that my friend showed me last weekend. This one, specifically.
My mom and sister were over on the 4th of July and pulled some fabrics so I could make them hats as well.
It’s just a three piece pattern, reversible and floppy. I used a sew-in medium weight interfacing — iron-on would have been easier when sewing the curves but I didn’t have any in the right weight.
My only complaint about the Creative Big presentation is that the directions are video only. It assumes that you’ve never sewn anything like this before, so the process is shown step by step, slowly. I would have appreciated written directions as well so I could just quickly skim to see if there were any special steps I wouldn’t have expected. There really weren’t. If you’ve sewn anything with an attached lining and you’ve done curves, you can sew this hat without the videos.
Except, you do need to make sure the lines of communication are working. I made my sister’s first. That is her modeling it up in the top picture. The hat comes in wide and short brim options and she chose wide. My mom and I have shorter hair and decided the shorter brims would suit us better. While I was working on mine, my sister cut out Mom’s fabric. Only when I told her the smaller brim, she just heard small, and cut the whole thing out in the small size. Which I didn’t know until I’d finished it and we tried it on.
The people in my family have really big heads – to the point that we can almost never buy hats. Size small just perched on top of Mom’s head, more comic decoration than head gear.
So I made a fourth hat and we’ll find some small child in the family to give the other to.
The three that fit us:
It is great to have a hat that really fits. I’m already planning more. I need a black and white one to go with my swimming suit, and a wide brimmed one in a sturdy fabric for maximum sun protection during yard work. Maybe denim?