Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bucket list ... no ... bucket HAT!

I pinned this project a while ago - I have the book and the pattern is available online as a freebie.  I decided to do a trial run this morning - I've never made a hat before, so I was sweating buckets nervous :D  My worst problem was that I needed a lot of pins for the curved areas, and I kept pricking my fingers, lol.  It took 2 hours and 15 minutes from the time I got the pieces cut out, to the time I finished.  Add another 15 minutes for cutting, so say 2.5 hours start to finish.  Probably the next time around it'll be quicker ;)

I don't have littlies around to model, but my 23 year old happily stood in for a 3-5 year old (which is the size I made, lol) :)

The hat is lined, with no raw edges anywhere, which required much pinning and pricking.  But it worked out perfectly - I didn't even get any little tucks anywhere.  I think the next time around I'll have more fun with it! 

Added to the Oliver + S flickr group here :)

My construction notes:  notch out the notches - don't just snip.  The middle section of the hat should go on the outside when assembling it with the top, and with the brim --- it needs to be clipped almost to the 1/2" seam allowance to make it stretch enough, so it's easier to have it on the outside.  (Next time I might baste just inside the 1/2" mark so I know how deeply to clip)  After the brim is stitched to the assembled hat piece, don't trim the seam to 1/4" like the instructions note - it's easier to have the bigger seam.  That's it - her instructions are quite good!


  1. Oh girl that is wonderful - and I love your model, he could be a professional! AWESOME!

  2. I can't decide which is cuter the hat or the ham..or, rather, the guy modeling.

  3. lol... what a ham! And such a good sport to model the hat. Which btw is really cute.

  4. It's fabulous Sandra! I'm so proud of you for moving out of your comfort zone recently! And I think it looks fab on your hunky electrician, he should wear it to work...

  5. Sandra, do you ever rest? I scrolled through the makings of July and August and fail to see when you are doing/ sewing all these lovely things! Love that bucket hat and I give you permissiom to be proud of your eldest son :o) My kids can only be bribed into modelling :o/ Special greetings to you, just found out you're canadian, I have very good friends and the bestestest memories from my time over there. A great country and great people.

  6. ha ha ha, the hat looks great on him.
    Good job Sandra



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