kcw presents: summer staples

summer staples: hats

Today is the last day of our Summer Staples Series. I hope these posts got you excited to sew for kcw! To top all these great summer clothes off we have…hats! Totally necessary and quick to sew, a hat is a perfect kcw project. Holly from Hamster and the Bee is here to show us a bunch of great hats we can make. I discovered Holly and her blog last kcw when she posted a picture of her daughter in a beautiful ice cream dress she made. So stinkin’ cute, right?! In addition to adorable kid’s clothes, Holly also makes beautiful soft toys, and (now we know) fantastic hats too!

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hello out there! i’m holly from hamster and the bee, and i’m absolutely honored to be guest blogging for meg today! it’s been so fun reading all of the amazing posts this week, and they’ve given me tons of super ideas for kcw. i really hope that i can inspire you as well!

when meg first asked me to guest blog, i thought ‘yay! (actually, more accurately, i kind of freaked out, danced around the living room, and maybe even squealed a bit. embarrassing, i know.) but when she asked me to do hats, i thought ‘huh? hats? what am i going to do with hats?!’ then i went down a SERIOUS hat rabbit-hole, and have emerged victorious and happy! hats are actually the perfect topic for me, as the bee (my almost-3-year-old daughter) does not like it when the wind blows her hair. oh, did i say that she doesn’t like it? i meant that she LOATHES IT, and will stop moving wherever she is (middle of the street!!!) and scream ‘HAIR IN MY FACE!’ so she’s thrilled with all the new hats she’s been getting…don’t let the photos fool you.

aside from the practical reasons, like keeping the sun and hair out of your face, hats can spice up an outfit in an instant. plus, they’re really quick to sew (none of the patterns i made took more than two hours while entertaining a toddler) and they don’t take much fabric. all the way up here in maine, summer’s pretty mild. and brief. while tees are great, we don’t have a ton of need for shorts and strappy little dresses. but a cute hat can be worn spring through fall. add to that playing with fun patterns, textures and colors, and i think hats are pretty awesome! and if you’re still not convinced, let me show you some of the great hats i found out there. i bet you’ll be as excited as i am soon!

let’s start with caps. unisex, sporty, stylish and functional, a cap can be a great addition to an outfit… one that takes it from meh to fabulous!


1. uptown hat pattern by heidi and finn on etsy, in sizes 12 months – teen
2. sunhat (with tutorial!) from lusa organics
3. huck finn cap by sew liberated. this guy! he looks wise beyond his years, right? like he just finished a game of chess in the park. this pattern covers ages 6 months – 10 years.
4. eddie cap (also with tutorial!) by irene over at mushroom villagers. irene made it for her 4-6 year old son, but with a little ingenuity (we’ve got that in spades, amiright?) this could easily be altered to fit a larger or smaller head.

i really dug the sunhat by lusa organics, but the pattern is sized for a 7 1/2 year old head. i decided to try my hand at resizing it to fit the bee, and made the sideways-on-ya-head hat!


my husband is in love with this hat (and the wire reference)! so much so that he wants one for himself. i’m pretty sure i could make one in his size, and his birthday is right around the corner. i won’t bore you now with the math i did to resize this, as this week is all about !inspiration!, but next week, i’ll post some super-basic tips on resizing over on hamster and the bee, in case you want to make one too.

you can’t do an internet search for any combination or variation of the words “sew, hat, kids” without finding a million (adorable!) oliver & s bucket hats. a bucket hat is great because it shades the face and the neck, important for our tiny delicate skinned friends. i recently made this version for the bee, and it was a huge hit. if you’re at all familiar with the oliver & s patterns then i don’t even need to tell you that this is a great one. it comes in sizes 6-12 months all the way up to 6-8 years, and looks great on boys and girls. and it’s available for free! around these parts we do struggle with keeping it on in the wind, which is a problem (see above re: screaming), but there are quite a few versions out there with chin straps, and even a thread on the oliver & s discussion boards about it. i might have to try adding a strap next time. i’m also particularly partial to those that have widened brims (most that i’ve seen use instructions for widening it 1.5″, provided by a little gray). here are a few of my absolute favorite oliver & s bucket hats:


1. heather ross double-gauze with widened brim by kristin at skirt as top
2. reversible bucket hat with pom-pons by probably actually
3. hat hat hat by bronwen of forsythia designs. that face!
4. shot cotton with widened brim by summer at seven pretty

and then things start to get really interesting. what about visors, bonnets, pixie hats? i even went off on a paper hat tangent! i tried (and failed) making a folded pirate hat out of fabric. i’m fairly certain that this is now something that i MUST accomplish.


1. camper hat pattern and tutorial from jenn at a jennuine life. this comes in one size (2T-5T) and the instructions are super clear and easy. i love the gilligan-esque shape.
2. i found this sweet visor by twirling betty on etsy, via yarah designs. this girl’s got style, dontchathink? miss betty appears to be on vacation from her shop, but i couldn’t resist including this one.
3. this radiohead pixie hat is by none other than tara from girl like the sea! isn’t it amazing! she used the free sew liberated snow pixie hat pattern and some knit fabric. brilliant.
4. i purchased made-by-rae’s sunbonnet pattern over two years ago – and never made it. i kick myself just a little bit every time i see this picture. how stinkin’ cute is this thing?! please, for-the-love-of-all-that-is-good-in-this-world, make this pattern! we need as many pudgy, sunbonneted children walking around as we can get. i’ve only made one other made-by-rae pattern before (crazy, i know), but it was incredibly well written and the construction was great, so i can only assume that this one is fabulous as well. this pattern ranges from newborn to 6-8 years.

after all this searching and loving other people’s hats, i couldn’t resist making one more! and this one is my favorite! i used the camper hat pattern, and some seriously awesome anchor patterned fabric from my local fabric store. pair that with some turquoise fabric as a liner and coral bias tape trim, and this is one cool hat!


one last piece of wisdom before i depart – measure your little person’s head! most of them have pretty big noggins, and it would truly be a shame if your fancy new chapeau did not fit!

happy sewing, friends!

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Thank you, Holly! My kids have some big ol’ noggins and I will be eagerly awaiting your hat tutorial/math lesson!

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  • Reply Jenn July 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I love your version of the Camper Hat and all the other hats are so cute!

    • Reply Holly July 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      i love your camper hat pattern!

  • Reply Iryna B. July 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Wonderful selection! Thank you

  • Reply MammaNene July 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    that turquoise blinking is awesome!

  • Reply Rae July 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    ooh yay!! Love seeing all the great hats here — and thanks a bajill for the sweet feature on the sunbonnet! 🙂

    • Reply Holly July 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      you are so very welcome! i’m determined to get a sunbonnet onto my daughter eventually.

  • Reply kristin July 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    very cute hats and thanks so much for featuring my heather ross bucket hat! come to think of it, i should make sure that still fits her before i finalize my KCW list…

  • Reply Tara July 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    great roundup! The little blue visor is something I’ve never seen before, and am intrigued by! One of these days I’m going to finally get the dang Rae bonnet pattern because bonnets on kids are too cute, and my daughter loves them for dressup.

    Also, I’ve taken to packing hats in the car because my two year old will lose her mind over hair in the face. LOSE IT. Thanks for featuring the Kid A hat!

  • Reply Michelle Hall July 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Beaut hats! I make and sell sunbonnets for little misses on Etsy, take a look some time thetoffeetree.etsy.com. I’m diggin that sunhat too, so glad you shared.

  • Reply gail July 15, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    hey thanks for showing my pompom hat! 🙂 great round-up, there are a few i’d like to try!

  • Reply Jodie May 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Great patterns thanks for sharing! You can never have too many cute hats for your kids. Especially LOVE the sun bonnet you made. Did you use a vintage fabric? I must have some of that fabric….for myself! 😉 Cheers, Louise

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