A few months ago I posted a tutorial for a baby sunhat, which is a very simple pattern for that little noggin. But for creativity and variety, I decided to modify the sunhat for my 8 month old. Sunhats look a bit girly on him, so I incorporated the bucket hat look with a sunbrim. This brim is lined with felt to provide a sturdy rim that will stay ridged to shady baby’s face from the sun.
I am a visual learner, so I’ve got a little more fancy with the tutorial pictures to help speed you along. You may choose whatever combo of fabrics you like. I am using the sailor print for the cap and inside of the brim and the royal blue for the outside of the brim. Measure your baby’s head at the widest point and then bust out the calculator. This measurement is the basis for the rest of your hat pattern.
Cut out your pieces (see pictures for sizing). Basically, you need to employ elementary math (pi and division oh fun!) Kitty will show you how it’s done:
Next take your top hat piece and the band and sew them together wrong sides facing out. Sew the edges of the band together as well so you have a complete circle. When sewing the band to the top circle, you may need to tuck at a few spots evenly through the stich so that the edges match up, as the circumference of the top piece is going to be smaller than that of the band.
When you turn it right side out it will look like this.
Then take your brim pieces and lay them wrong sides facing and sew the outside edge.
Cut the extra fabric off this edge so you get a tight turn when you turn the fabric right side out.
Then sew or serge the edges together. Be careful not to sew them TOGETHER, because you want to turn this all right side out.
Ok, so you turn it right side out and it looks like this:
On the side you want to be the top of the brim, sew with a straight stitch around the brim in circles like this with contrasting thread. This is both cute and makes the brim more ridged.
Next pin the brim to the cap piece so your stitching will be on the inside. Sew the pieces together and your done!
Thank you Ann for the CraftGossip.com repost!