For “Project 3 – Hat”, I went with a DIY I had seen on someone’s blog, probably found through Pinterest. This post was for a girls’, ages 2-5, Tulip Petal Sun Hat. I wanted mine to have more of a “fisherman’s hat” look. Below you can see how I adjusted the pattern. I made it a few inches longer and took out the “petal” part.
It was a bit of a trial and error. At first, I cut 8 “petals” thinking the original pattern is for a 2-5 year old so I would have to make it larger for my adult head. I sewed the 6 petals first. In her tutorial, she had a seam allowance of 5/8″. I used 3/8″ thinking it might create some more room so maybe I could just use 6 “petals”. Using the 3/8″ seam allowance at 6 “petals”, it was too big!
I took the hat apart and sewed it together again with a 5/8″ seam allowance. That was still a little loose but worked for that style of hat. I’m wondering if when I printed the pattern, it sized up or something. Not sure. Maybe I have a baby head?
You can basically follow the instructions given in her blog.
1) Sew 3 panels of lining.
2) Sew the other 3 panels of lining.
3) Sew those 2 pieces together.
4) Do steps 1-3 for the shell of the hat.
5) Match up lining and shell.
6) Sew together, leaving space to flip right side out.
The only difference was my pattern. I also chose to top stitch twice around the brim of the hat. Then, add your buttons. I got to use one of the vintage metal ones I’ve been holding onto.
I like how you can flip-up the brim to show the funky underside or keep it down for a simpler look. It has a great Rain Hat look, too!