Upcycled Bucket Hat

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Just like mittens and socks, Bucket Hats,
seem to disappear around our house.
Maybe they are all partying with the dust bunnies under the dryer.  It must be a good time because everyone seems to be there! 
{Why wasn't I invited?}

So in the effort to save some moola in the ever disappearing hat situation, I've decided to make a few.  And out of recycled clothing no less! 
Who's the penny pincher now?! 
This girl! 
And of course I must share it with the world!  {ahem ~ that would be you guys ~ the gorgeous, funny individuals that actually read my blog}.
So here we go:

5 too small/stained t-shirts/onsies were destroyed in the making of this hat.

Step 1:  Cut all of your fabric.  I cut all of the pieces of the hat using a hat that my children currently wear as a guide {size 4 toddler}.  The shorter curved pieces are for the sides and the longer for the brim.  I cut three of each piece of  fabric so that I could layer them into a messy look.
Get my uber simplified pattern here and here.

Step 2:  Now cut each piece of  curved fabric in half.  For example the three longer pieces became six thinner pieces.  Then I layered three of the thinner pieces together.  This gave me two long pieces again.  Kapeesh?

Step 3: Pin and sew the three long pieces together.

Step 4:  Sew the wrong sides together.  I used 1/4" seam allowances.

Step 5: Iron down the seams.  Repeat steps 2-5 for the short curved pieces.

Step 6: Pin the ends of the sides and sew together {right sides facing}. 

Step 7: Pin the circular piece of fabric to the top of the sides.

Step 8: Snip into the top of your sides about 1/4" apart and 1/4" down.  This allows for the sides to follow the shape of your circular top.  Sew these together.

Step 9: Sew the two pieces of the brim together {right sides facing}.  Optional ~ apply fusible interfacing for extra stability.

Step 10:  Snip along the top of the brim as shown.

Step 11: Pin the right side of the brim to the right side of the side and sew together.

Step 12:  Finish the hat by trimming with bias tape or repeating steps 1-11 then sewing the second 'hat' to the first {right sides together} leaving a 4" hole to pull the hat right side out and creating a reversible upcycled hat.

And finally details of the finished Bucket Hat.

Gotta love a super cute boy project just in time for summer!

At least if this hat ends up partying with the rest of the missing clothing it will win the award for Best Dressed.

Okay enough of the sillies.  Here's a shot of the reverse {inside} of the hat.  It's easier to see its shape without all of the cute, messy upcycling.

For another fab Bucket Hat tutorial {and my inspiration} check out Sew Much Ado.

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  1. Heather,
    That is adorable. may have to make one or a few for my son. he loves hats!

  2. That is absolutely adorable! You have such an eye for creative sewing. Love this. Your little boy is so cute, too.

  3. I love it, So unique, and I think I may even mange to make one.

  4. SO cute! I just love kids in bucket hats! I really like your fabric choices too! :)

  5. Cute cute! I was also busy making floppy hats this week. http://craftingforchiari.blogspot.com/2011/06/floppy-hats.html
    they are kind of addicting!!

  6. Brilliant refashion and such cute bucket hats!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  8. Super cute! I love that you used old shirts.

  9. Great idea, I have a ton of shirts I could use for this. Thanks for sharing!

  10. OK, how awesome is this?!
    I would love if you would share it at our weekly Playdate (link party for all things kid related!) at : http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-everyone-welcome.html

    Come & Play!

  11. Amazing! Last week I was looking for a hat tutorial and this is the best! Thanx :)

  12. oh my how I love this hat. so cute

  13. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you yesterday!! - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  14. Thanks for sharing!
    I featured this at Beneath the Rowan Tree for this week's Playdate~ come on over and snag a featured button!


  15. I loved your tutorial and I decided to post it on my website. You can see it here:
    Hope you like it!