Let’s head to the beach! Have you got all the supplies you need for your littlest ones? Oh, wait a minute, where’s the sun hat?? We can’t go without that! And, the way things disappear on outings, it’s best to have a good supply. Let me help you out. I’ve found five of the cutest little hats you’ve ever seen and they can all be quickly sewn. Come with me!
Top Knot Hat
What could be cuter than a sweet baby wearing a top knot hat!?! Smart Mommy Kim of the Sweet Red Poppy blog designed the perfect, quick-as-a-baby’s-nap knit hat for you to sew. These irresistible little darlings use a tiny amount of knit fabric, Coats Eloflex Stretch Thread for stitching and just a wee bit of time. Kim wisely suggests making a basketful of these little hats assembly-line style so you’ll have them on hand for shower gifts. You’ll download Kim’s pattern in one of two sizes, follow her simple steps and be admiring your pile o’ hats in no time! Click here for the Top Knot Hat tutorial.
Upcycled Onesie Baseball Cap
A new baby in the house usually leads to a drawer full of darling onesies! But, babies grow quickly, so what do you do with all that cuteness once they’re outgrown? Jess of the Sewing Rabbit blog came up with a terrific upcycle for her favorite little baby boy onesies that we can all enjoy. She preserved their memories and charm by upcycling them into fabulous baby baseball caps! Jess included downloads for patterns in two size ranges along with great instructions for these sweet little hats. You’ll just need onesies, a few scraps of knit fabrics, Coats Eloflex Stretch Thread and a bit of interfacing to create these delicious little head protectors. Click here for the Upcycle Onesie Baseball Cap tutorial.
Here Comes the Sunhat
Sisters Shawna and Morgan of the Shwin and Shwin blog designed an ultra-adorable Sunhat your toddlers will love. Choose a stripe, dot, or print for maximum style impact and stitch up this quick and functional topper. For a stiff brim use interfacing as the sisters did, leave it plain or add a bit of trim. It’s an easy, basic hat design you’ll love! Just a half yard of fabric and a little ribbon will create this darling hat. You’re sure to want more than one! Click here for the Here Comes the Sunhat tutorial.
Reversible Bucket Hat
The Basic Bucket Hat is a summer time standard for little ones! Liesl of Oliver and S generously shares this marvelous design in a free downloadable pattern from her Little Things to Sew book. Make it cute and reversible with two distinct fabrics in the included four sizes for boys or girls. Liesl includes directions for adding a fun little pocket to the Bucket Hat, too! With a brim that’s just right for keeping the sun at bay and tips for a perfect fit, this is sure to become a standard summer make for you.
If you’ve struggled with getting a professional look to your handmade headgear, you’ll be super grateful for Liesl’s crown to side panels attachment hints. Her wonderful image-illustrated steps make the Bucket Hat confidence inspiring for any level of sewist. Be prepared – these are the little hats that everyone will want, so you might as well stitch up a whole stack! Liesl includes lots of links to variations at the end of her post to keep you going. Click here for the Reversible Bucket Hat tutorial.
Bucket Hat with Bow
You’ll definitely want to add this sweet, adorable design to your Hat Bucket List! Created by the mother/daughter team of Precious Patterns for their Etsy Shop, it’s well worth the nominal pattern fee. You’ll receive a downloadable pattern with step-by-step instructions for a small or large toddler size hat. Just right for cotton fabrics or something a bit fancy! Add the pretty band and bow and turn the brim up at a stylish angle to create a unique look for your little sweetie. Click here for info about the Bucket Hat with Bow pattern on Etsy.