Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Baby bucket hat

Well I have finally been doing some sewing, for me and for Harris.  I'll start with the make for Harris as I'm really pleased with it and have many more planned, not all for him as how many sun hats does a boy need really!  He does have a few but as we're always mislaying them so I thought it would be useful to have another.  I used the Oliver + S reversible bucket hat free pattern which was brilliant! You can see he looks pretty pleased with it too!



I cut the extra small which it states is for 6-12 months but I was worried it might be a bit small as he has quite a large head! So instead of using the recommended 1/2" seam allowance I just used a 1/4". This saved me some time as I didn't need to trim them, just pinked the edges with my pinking scissors (which are very blunt - does anyone know of anywhere in London that I could get them sharpened?).

The instructions are pretty easy to follow, the only bit that made me scratch my head a bit was attaching the crown to the side panels but I found some helpful photos on a tutorial by A Little Gray that helped me work it out.  Everything fitted together really well and it was much more straightforward to make it reversible than I thought it would be.  I'll definitely be making some more. In fact my husband has even asked if I can size the pattern up to make one for him too!

I'm really pleased with how neat my top-stitching on both sides of the hat is and I love the fabrics too.  The lovely blue, which I think might be a linen cotton blend but I can't remember, came from Ray Stitch. The geometric print is a fat quarter which I think came from M is for Make.  I've still got plenty left of both so I was thinking of making a wee pair of matching trousers in the blue with the printed fabric as a turn up - we'll see if I have time while summer is still here!

How is everyone else's summer sewing going?!





18 comments:

  1. i believe you can sharpen pinking shears using tinfoil (by cutting through the tinfoil with them) - worth a try!

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    1. thanks Joanne, I gave it a go and I do actually think it's made a wee bit of a difference!

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  2. Harris looks so happy with that hat :-) x

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    1. Thanks Zoe, he's been keeping it on his head which is more than he does with his other sun hats so I'll take that as a positive sign!

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  3. Harris has the best smile - and one smart hat! X

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  4. I agree with Shivani - what a grin! I love that tidy topstitching, too.

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    1. Thanks Morgan, I was really pleased with the top stitching myself too!

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  5. Great hat! Harris looks so cure in it! I love the geometric fabric.

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    1. Thanks Helen! I'm finally starting to make use of some of my fabric stash!

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  6. Love the topstitching, multiple rows are so cute! And yes, matching trousers with turn ups are a great idea. When Harris grows taller, he can still wear them without the turn up!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I need to get started on the trousers if I want him to be able to wear them with the hat!

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  7. Great hat - and a delighted recipient by the look on his face :)

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  8. That is such a cute little hat :)

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    1. thanks Carolyn! I'm looking forward to using some more of my stash to make more baby clothes!

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  9. Oooh, that is an ACE hat! Thanks for the tipoff for that pattern. Looks like quite a good stash buster project too xx

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    1. Thanks Zoe! yes, definitely a good stashbuster project! I was really impressed with the Oliver + S pdf & instructions.

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