Bucket Hat

My younger daughter is going camping with her Brownie unit, so she needs a hat.  They are required to have a hat with a full brim (not just a ball cap).  She has a Girl Guides hat, but it is getting too small for her so she needed a bigger one.  We considered buying a bigger Guide hat, but she wanted pink, not blue.

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I found a free hat pattern, so I made her one.  In general, this is a great pattern for a simple project.  I used a 3/8″ seam allowance because that is the width of my presser foot and I was too lazy to line up with anything else.  It all turned out okay.  I didn’t have denim, but I wanted the hat to be stiff enough and I didn’t want to add interfacing, so I used some leftover pink twill.

Because this hat is going to be used (meaning it will probably be dropped in mud and might be lost), I wanted it to be a quick project.  I was not going to bother hand-stitching the turning opening closed, so I added another stitching line close to the edge of the hat to keep everything closed.

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It took a bit longer than an hour to make and I used leftover fabric, so I didn’t have to buy anything.  It will also stand out among the sea of blue Guide hats, so if it does get lost, it should be easy to find.

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