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Summer Hats Tutorial

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHello again, it’s Rebeca from Clips N Things writing to you from Canada. I love the warmer weather we are getting here. I couldn’t find any hats that I liked and would fit my newborn so I decided to make my own. I made my daughter a reversible sun hat and decided to make my son a reversible bucket hat. Here are the instructions for these sweet Summer Hats, and all the supplies can be purchased from The Ribbon Retreat.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThese are the supplies you will need to make a newborn (16” circumference) reversible sun hat:
½ yd each of coordinating fabrics Purple Tiny Daisies and Dots and Purple Bella Solid
20″ Fusible Interfacing (White A 1/2 Yard)
Air Erasable Roller Ball Pen, I LOVE this pen.
It disappears from your fabric without washing and it doesn’t go through the fabric.
Measuring tape, scissors, sewing machine, thread, iron
Pattern
(pattern pieces are exact measurements, when you cut your pieces leave a margin for sewing)

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLay your pattern pieces on your fabric (right side in) and cut out. Tip for the brim is to place your pattern piece on the fold of your fabric, and it will make a circle. You could cut 2 semi circles and then stitch them together if you want.
Using your air erasable roller ball pen trace your pattern shape, but also trace a margin about ¼ – ½ inch from your pattern line where you will cut. For the triangular pieces, I folded my fabric so that I could cut the 4 pieces at the same time. DON’T FORGET TO PIN THE FABRIC BEFORE YOU CUT if you are doing it this way.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWhen you cut your pieces out of your first fabric, lay your cut out pieces on top of your second fabric and that way you make sure your pieces are exactly the same size.
This is what you will have, 4 triangular pieces of each fabric and a circle of each fabric.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPin 2 of your triangular pieces and sew starting at the bottom and stopping at the point. Notice how I start about ¼ inch away from the bottom. I find it easier to sew the brim when I leave this bit unstitched.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThis is what you will have.

Summer Hats Tutorial 0 The Ribbon Retreat BlogOpen up both of your triangular pieces and pin the unsewn edges together. Stitch those 2 sides.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogRepeat the steps with the second fabric and this is what you will end up with.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFold your brim into 4 pieces and pin at the crease. These pin marks will line up with the seams of the top part of your hat. This will help you sew the brim on evenly.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLine the pins on your brim with the seams of the top part of your hat and pin around. Sew the two pieces together. Remember to sew on the line where you traced your actual pattern on the inner circle of your brim. If you sew too close to the edge where you cut, your hat will end up being tight on your child’s head.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThis is what you will end up with.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPlace your brim pattern on your fusible interfacing and cut it out. You do not need to leave a margin around the edge.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLay the interfacing on one of your “hats” and iron on.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPut your two hats together with the right sides facing in. (Excuse the thread pieces hanging around. I had to take it apart and redo). Pin together and sew almost all around. Leave enough room to turn your hat right side out. Remember this part, because I had to take mine apart because I sewed all the way around.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTurn your hat right side out. Stick your finger in the hole and push on the brim to make the seam come to the edge. (It would be so much easier with that purple thang sold by TRR).
Iron the brim and top stitch around to keep it in place.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThere you have it!! Now for the Bucket Hat…Wahooo!

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThese are the supplies you will need to make a toddler (21” circumference) reversible bucket hat:
½ yd each of coordinating fabrics Pirate Fish and Admiral Blue
20″ Fusible Interfacing (White A 1/2 Yard)
Air Erasable Roller Ball Pen, I LOVE this pen.
It disappears from your fabric without washing and it doesn’t go through the fabric.
Measuring tape, scissors, sewing machine, thread, iron
Crown Pattern
Brim Pattern
(pattern pieces are exact measurements, when you cut your pieces leave a margin for sewing)
You will also need a strip 3″ x 21″. Don’t forget to add a sewing margin to the strip.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLay your pattern pieces on your fabric (right side in) and cut out. Tip for the brim is to place your pattern piece on the fold of your fabric, and it will make a circle. You could cut 2 semi circles and then stitch them together if you want.
Using your air erasable roller ball pen trace your pattern shape, but also trace a margin about ¼ – ½ inch from your pattern line where you will cut.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWhen you cut your pieces out of your first fabric, lay your cut out pieces on top of your second fabric, pin them and that way you make sure your pieces are exactly the same size.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog This is what you will have. I folded the brim and the top circle piece in quarters and pinned at the crease. This will help line your pieces together and you will sew them on evenly.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPin the pieces together. Remember to line up the pins, and sew away. Do this with both fabrics.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPlace your brim pattern on your fusible interfacing and cut it out. You do not need to leave a margin around the edge.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogLay the interfacing on one of your “hats” and iron on.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPut your two hats together with the right sides facing in. Pin together and sew almost all around. Leave enough room to turn your hat right side out.

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTurn your hat right side out, and stick your finger in the hole and push on the brim to make the seam come to the edge. (It would be so much easier with that purple thang sold by TRR). Iron the brim and top stitch around to keep it in place.

There you have it!!

Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Summer Hats Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


Thank you Rebeca for sharing your time and talents with us. 🙂
Jump on over and visit Rebeca to see the rest of her creative creations at Clips N Things.

Aren’t those summer hats so cute?!? Check out these other fun tutorials perfect for the summer sun…

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Happy Creating!
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2 Comments

  1. Posted March 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Nice tutorial about the summer hats. And yes these summer hats are quite essential during peak summer season to protect the head from the warmth rays of sun.

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      Posted March 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Hi there! Thank you so much and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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