Monday, June 2, 2014

DIY: The Perfect Summer Sunhat for Your Little Girl {Tutorial}

Well, summer is just around the corner.  Pretty soon we can all start complaining about the heat instead of complaining about the cold.  Ahhh...bliss.

When warmer weather arrives, you can usually find us all in the backyard.  The kids will be splashing in the kiddie pool, jumping through the sprinkler, spraying each other, or just running around barefoot with all of their neighborhood friends.  It's a glorious time.

However, my whole family is fair-skinned.  Really fair.  We have had our share of skin cancer in the family and now I worry about my children and their health and their future.  So I make them wear hats when they play outside.

This year, I discovered the fun in making hats.  Remember the newsboy hats I made for the girls?  I decided to take hat-making one step further and make sun hats for the girls.  Now that I know the basics of what goes in to making a hat, I figure I'll try my own.

I ended up with these beautiful, floppy-brimmed, sun hats that keep the sun off of my girls' faces while looking adorable.  I'm so happy with how they turned out!

Want to make one for your munchkin?  Here is a tutorial for how to do it.

Reversible Sunhat


3/4 yard main fabric
3/4 yard lining fabric
3/4 yard fusible interfacing (I used Pellon fusible fleece)
matching thread
water soluble pen or chalk 
scissors/rotary cutter
cutting board/measuring tape
**All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.

Making your pattern piece:

Note: This hat will fit a child with a head circumference of 20"-21 1/2".  I'm not 100% positive on this, but I think that if you take about 1/4" off of the straight-line measurement of the pattern for each inch smaller (head circumference), it should end up about right (I think).  Sorry, you will have to do a bit of trial and error with that one.

On a straight edge of a piece of paper, measure 5 1/2" and mark it.
Place a dot in the bottom center of that measurement and measure up 9".  This will be the highest point of the hat.
1/3 of the way up from the bottom edge, place a dot.
Measure a width of 5" across and mark it on both edges.
Use the 5" markers that are 1/3 of the way up from the bottom as markers to draw a curved line from the outer bottom edges up to the point.  Leave about 1/4" across at the top (do not make it a complete point - it should have a little flat part)
Cut along the curved line.

Your end result should look like this:


Using your pattern piece, cut out 6 of your main fabric (on the bias), 6 of your lining (again, on the bias), and 6 from the interfacing.

Next, cut 3 strips 1/2" wide x 23 1/2" long.  1 from your main fabric, 1 from the lining, and 1 from the interfacing.

Lastly, you will need to cut the brim.

Fold your fabric in half and lay it flat with the fold at the bottom (I ran out of green fabric.  The yellow and green fabrics are both for the lining).
Measure in 5" from the edge and mark it with a water soluble pen or chalk.

Using this mark as your starting point, measure another 7" across and mark it with your pen or chalk.  Also mark the center point at 3 1/2".

Using the center as a base point, mark 3 1/2" every 1/4" or so making a semi-circle (sorry that it's hard to see).

Use the far right side of the semi-circle as a starting point and measure another 5" along the bottom fold.  Mark it with a pen or chalk.

Using the semi-circle as a guide, measure out 5" and mark a 2nd semi-circle outside of the first.

You should now have a larger semi-circle around a smaller one.

Cut along the dotted lines.

Use this as a pattern to cut out circles from the interfacing and your other fabric.

Making the Crown of the Hat

Iron your interfacing on to the WRONG side of the lining pieces of the crown.

Match up 2 crown pieces at the curved edges and sew.

Open the seam and sew a 3rd crown piece at the curved edge onto the other side.

Open the seam.  Press the seam toward the center.  Topstitch close to the seam.

Place this half aside.

Repeat the above directions for the remaining 3 crown pieces.

Place the two sides of the crown WRONG sides together.  Pin and sew along the center seam.

Open the hat and topstitch the center seam.

Repeat the above steps with the lining.
You should now have 2 crown pieces that look like this:

Sewing on the band

Determine which side of the center seam on the crown will be the back of your hat.
Pin the band into place (WRONG sides together) 1" to the right of the back center seam, leaving  1/2" of band to the LEFT of the seam.

Don't worry about pinning the band into place, but don't pull on it as you sew or you will end up with a "poofy" looking hat.  Just hold the raw edges together as you sew.

Sew the band to the crown.

Stop stitching 1" from the back center seam.  Backstitch.

Pull the two loose ends of the band together and pin at the back center seam.

Sew the two pieces of the band together at a slight angle.

Trim close to the seam and press the seam open.

Lay the band back down flat on the crown piece.  Pin in place.  Sew.

Turn the band down and press the seam toward the band.  Topstitch close to the seam.

Attaching the Brim

Sew a gathering (or long) stitch around the INSIDE edge of the brim.  Pull lightly on the ends to fit the brim to the bottom of the band.

NOTE:  The brim should not actually look gathered.  The gathering stitch is simply to ease the brim onto the band and to make a better, more snug fit.

Pin in place (RIGHT sides together).

Sew around, attaching the brim to the crown and band.

Press seam toward the band.  Topstitch.

Repeat so that you end up with 2, unfinished hats.

Attaching the Lining to the Hat

With RIGHT sides together, place the lining inside the main fabric.
Match up the back, center seams and pin.

Pin the brims together.

Sew around the brim of the hat, leaving about 4" open at the back seam for turning.

Clip the curve all the way around the hat to help the seam lay flat.

Turn the hat right side out through the opening.

Pin the opening closed and around the hat.
Topstitch around the brim.

I sewed twice around the brim because I like how it looks, but it's not necessary.

And you're done!!  They're really pretty simple to make once you get the crown pattern piece down.

Here's to a summer of fun in their beautiful hats!

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