Bucket Hat Mania!

It is a great pleasure to showcase the quality products of Coats & Clark! Rarely do I sew anything other than garments for myself, but I was smitten by the Oliver + S Baby Bucket Hat pattern offered as a free download HERE.


Making hat number one was like eating a potato chip.
I drove home from the beach and played with scraps and fat quarters for five straight days…..

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Combo 1….

Combo 2….

Every baby I know now needs a bucket hat!
Baby gifts, party favors, team spirit, church bazaars, family photos, silent auctions etc… it’s an easy sew that puts a smile on faces. No pressure and no fitting complications as well 🙂

I began the hat venture with a lovely boxed set of  thread that includes many of my favorite colors.thread

The pattern consists of a crown, a side and a brim for each side of the hat.
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The directions are simple but should be followed carefully. The crown of the hat is stay-stitched and clipped up to the stitching before being attached to the sides. Clipping  prevents buckling and ensures a smooth, flat top.

IMG_5833Topstitching around the top seam helps maintain its shape.

IMG_5839…and what a perfect opportunity to practice topstitching technique!

The Orange Blossom Special
Fabric: Verna Mosquera floral & paisley
The multi-color thread provided a subtle transition of color throughout the hat’s brim.

IMG_0055 2 Double click and note the ever-changing hues in the brim’s topstitching.

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Under the Sea
Fabric: Embroidered seersucker and shirting which are scraps from last year’s Fourth of July dress.
For a little pop, I added piping between the sides and brim. On the brim I pressed the shirting slightly over the edge to create the illusion of trim (bottom right). I liked the floppy look of the brim on this hat and did not topstitch.lobster

Unchained Melody 
Fabric: Tunic Scraps! Cynthia Rowley broadcloth
This hat was so much fun to sew for many reasons. Since the hat is sewn from companion fabrics, I attached the contrasting fabrics together. When the brim is flipped the contrast disappears. I topstitched the brim with six rows of Coats and Clark Embroidery Thread in Kiwi creating heavy rows along the brim. Due to the topstitching, the brim is very stiff.

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Wild Thing
Fabric: Cotton Stretch Sateen and Cotton Shirting
The instructions call for interfacing only the brim, however, this hat is sewn from lightweight fashion fabric so I interfaced the hat below with Pellon EK130 Easy-Knit, a fusible knit interfacing and supple stabilizer resulting in a nicely shaped hat.

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My Girl
I couldn’t resist asking a friend to monogram my granddaughter’s initials in pink. This hat is also interfaced with Pellon EK130 Easy Knit helping the linen maintain its shape. It is the only hat that is not reversible and is lined in white linen.IMG_0044

Fabric: Amy Butler Quilting Cottons
Believe it or not, I discovered Amy Butler in 2008 on a trip to London. When I bought her book Midwest Modern at Liberty the sales clerk was appalled that I would travel to London and buy a book about an American fabric designer. I came home and ordered fat quarter bundles of all of her fabrics even though I was not quilting or sewing at that time. These fabrics are from the 2008 order.

Five rows of topstitching in aqua embroidery thread keep the brim stiff and provide a great contrast against the stripes.

I cut the brim on the bias so the stripes would be vertical when folded. Though it is technically reversible, I prefer the three looks below since the stripes don’t match perfectly.

La Vie En Rose
Fabric: Verna Mosquera floral

This hat is very similar to the first hat I sewed for Birdie in the top photo.
Just like the embroidered seersucker hat above,  I pressed the seersucker slightly over the brim to create the illusion of piping or trim.IMG_0059

Good Vibrations
Fabric: Verna Mosquera floral
I couldn’t resist sewing the dots to the paisley! For a little whimsy the brim is topstitched in four rows of green and two center rows of red embroidery threads 😉


Summertime Blues
Fabric: Amy Butler Quilting Cotton from the stashABL 2

What sweetness! 🙂IMG_5829 2

Goodness…… Anyone who has finished reading this post deserves a giveaway!

Coats and Clark is giving away a gift box of 50 spools of thread to one lucky winner and I am giving away the Under the Sea Bucket Hat for your favorite baby! The hat fits ages 1 – 2.


To enter the giveaway simply visit my blog Goodbye Valentino and leave a comment…..’ I can’t believe I read the whole thing….’ or whatever strikes your fancy. The winner will be announced on July 1st.

Good luck in the giveaway and please post photos of your bucket hats!

6 thoughts on “Bucket Hat Mania!

  1. Mary yoder Reply

    Love the bucket hats.
    .I want make some for my granddaughter…

  2. Barb Reply

    Those are super super cute!! Every little one needs a hat – or ten!!! Love them!

  3. Alma grimmer Reply

    Just LOVE this!!
    Gotta try making a hat for my grand daughter…awesome!😎

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