I’m home with a sick James today, who is now napping, so it’s the perfect chance to sneak a blog update in. With all of the gorgeous summer weather we’ve had here this spring, I realized that James needed a new sun hat. That realization and the discovery that I already had the perfect pattern in the Liesel Gibson’s book Little Things to Sew was all the prompting I needed to do some kiddo sewing. I love it when I can make a project without buying anything!

James’ hat came first from a solid oatmeal colored linen fabric and a woven plaid. I had about given up getting a modeled shot of the hat, since he would always whip it off instantly, but miraculously he left his hat on this weekend at the park. (I think when it’s really sunny and hot, he likes it.) So I chased him around the park (literally) with my phone camera, taking whatever pictures I could.

Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

Of course, when Alice saw me making a hat for James, she just had to have one, and we had fun picking out the fabrics together from my stash. The funny thing was that Alice and James wear the same hat size, so that made all the cutting and marking easy! (As you can imagine, there are many So I Married an Axe Murderer “head” quotes bandied about our house.)

Bucket Hat

Alice picked out a lovely Erin McMorris print for her hat, and I talked her into lining it with a yellow Violet Craft print that coordinated perfectly. I was thrilled with the fabric she picked and a bit surprised, since she’s been in an “everything pink” mood lately. She was satisfied with the occasional pink flower of this print however.

Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

She was an easier model, but there were definitely a lot of goofing around outtakes to sort through…

Bucket Hat

As for the pattern itself, I found it to be quick & easy, though obviously there’s a lot of sewing curves. I made a small mod with Alice’s hat where I sewed in the lining of the crown with RST and left a hole to turn it through, hand stitching just 2 inches or so, versus hand stitching the entire thing as the pattern instructs. It was easier with better results that way. I definitely see more of these hats in our future.