Easy Reversible Summer Hats

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hi Everyone! This is Jaime at Everyday Art.

My sister-in-law Emily and I like to think that everyday we can create a little art in all the things that we do: crafting, cooking, playing, you name it!

I recently made these crazy-cute summer hats–yes, that’s right, hats. I also made a reversible sun hat for this cute little munchkin:

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

And in all honesty, I also made one for my third little girl, the middle sister, but, well, she just wasn’t in the mood for having her picture taken. ‘Nough said, right?

But these two were willing subjects. 🙂

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

And what fun hats they are! They are perfect for keeping the sun off of faces and shoulders in the hot summer months (which are oh so close, yay!) and also perfect for expressing some sweet style.

And, I have a bit of a confession about these hats. See, I originally saw the pattern for them in a Martha Stewart Living magazine that I was thumbing through at the car dealership where I was getting my oil changed. Saw them and loved them. Oooo, I wanted that pattern! So, I admit it, I totally tore the page out of the magazine! Yikes. In my defense, the magazine was years old….I figured it was going to end up in the garbage soon anyway, right? RIGHT? Either way, I did the deed and kept it hanging around for a few months before I started working on the hats.

And where to go to get adorable fabrics? The Ribbon Retreat, of course. 🙂

Goodness, they had so many great choices. I ended up sticking with a basic color scheme so all the girls’ hats would coordinate. The Ribbon Retreat is great at carrying full lines of fabric, so it was really easy to get a variety of fabrics that still look great together. I mostly used Riley Blake fabrics for the hats.

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

At our blog, Emily is the real seamstress–truly, that girl can sew and she makes the cutest stuff for her kids. And her house.

Me, I’m a newbie. I dabble in sewing crafty home stuff, but this project was definitely the most difficult sewing project I’ve ever tackled, but I think they turned out just as I had hoped.


  • 2 pieces medium-weight fabric in coordinating colors and patterns, 3/4 yard each (I decided to instead use light-weight fabric and either fusible interfacing or a 3rd heavier fabric to make the hats stiffer–I used an old pair of my husband’s cargo pants)
  • iron
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing machine, thread, pins
  • pattern

To make these hats, I followed good ol’ Martha’s instructions.

Essentially, you 1) print out the pattern, 2) tape it together, 3) cut it out, 4) then use it to cut out your fabric.

Then, you sew together the pieces for the inner part of your hat and the outer part of your hat separately so that you have two hat-shapes.

For example, here is an image of my outer layer of hat, with the heavy canvas fabric sewn to it to add sturdiness, pinned together, ready to be sewn.

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Then I sewed the inner liner together in the same manner, leaving a 4-inch gap between the brim and the side of the hat so I could pull it right-side out and stitch it up when I was finished.

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Once the two sides are sewn, place the right sides together, sew around the brim and then pull it right-side-out through the 4-inch gap between the brim and the side. Hand stitch it up and voila, cute reversible summer hats!

Easy Reversible Summer Hats - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Thanks for letting us show you a bit of our “Everyday Art.”

Have fun getting ready for summer! 🙂

Are you ready for summer? I sure am…in fact today, my sweet little boys and I counted how many school days they have left in the school year. They were very excited to find out there are only 24 school days left until summer (well, my youngest boy was not happy at all to hear he only has 4 days left of PE…hehe!). Here are a few summer projects that are sure to get you and your kiddos even more excited for summer…

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Collapsible Play Tents

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Flip Flop Bow

Interchangeable Wreath - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Summer Wreath

Happy Creating & Happy Almost Summer!

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