double bucket hats


i found something out as i got ready to make the kids some new hats for summer…they have almost the exact same size head!  my 18 month old’s head is just 1/4″ smaller in circumference than my four year old’s!  kinda crazy, eh?  i checked, and it turns out my husband and i have the same size head too.  i accept full responsibility for largeheadedness of my children.

heather ross moons bucket hat

the pattern is the oliver + s bucket hat from little things to sew, also available as a free download.  both are mediums and both fit perfectly.  i really love this pattern – these are the fourth and fifth versions i’ve made (others here and here)!  O’s is sewn mostly from the pattern, though i did try my buddy jessica’s no-hand-stitching method for the first time.  genius.  this side is heather ross far far away ii moons, which i’d been hoarding.


the other side is a dark blue thrifted corduroy.  i like using at least one heavier material when i make these hats, it gives them nice structure.  this hat has just one layer of medium weight interfacing in the brim.


we’ll see if he keeps it on, he likes to say “haaaa” and pull it off, hang onto it for a while, then try to put it back on all by himself.  maybe he’ll get more used to it as summer wears on.


Em’s hat is also long-hoarded heather ross, this time far far away i double gauze.  i first used it here and had just enough left!  i widened the brim 1.5″, again a tip from jessica the bucket hat queen.  her mini tutorial is here.  i interfaced both sides of the brim but it was still a bit too floppy, so i added three rows of topstitching to give it more structure and add a little detail.


the fabric is a hemp blend from bolt – i’ve been saving it for a while for a skirt for me, but i think it’s perfectly rough and rustic when paired with the pink heather ross.


aside from the widened brim, i constructed this hat the “traditional” way, joining the layers by hand-stitching at the base of the side panels.  i’ll give you a wild guess which side she prefers.


i took these photos up at the sound over memorial day.  we love it up there.



all set for summer!


38 thoughts on “double bucket hats

  1. Jane says:

    I love your fabric choices!! I have these on my list to do too! Hoping to be able to get them done before our trip to the beach at the end of the month, we shall see..

    • kristin says:

      hehe, it is a perfect match! yeah funny thing to take photos of sunhats on an overcast day, but if it’s not raining up there we’re happy! 🙂

  2. suvi says:

    I love that hat pattern! I made medium for my 4yo and large for my 2yo…what to say, he has a humongous head…I added laces with eyelets on the rim to keep it reversible, so they don’t fly off on the beach.

  3. Cherie says:

    So cute!! Love the hats and the pictures. I just made my first bucket hat (size medium too!) but have yet to photograph it. Yuki won’t keep it on her head for more than 2 seconds. 😦

  4. kim says:

    Love these photos and love this hat! We adored the one you made for A last year. Great fabric choices this time around, too.

  5. Emily says:

    Cute hats and pictures. Great tips too! I’ve printed off the pattern but haven’t made it yet. I will totally have to check back and reread the tips before making it. 🙂

  6. gail says:

    holy double bucket hat cuteness! great use of those fabulous HR prints, and good job cutting into them, too. you’re an inspiration to us all 🙂

  7. carolyn says:

    Oh my! The cuteness is too much! Your hats (and your kids) are adorable! I love the wider brim look on your daughter. Now if only we could get some sunshine….hmmm….

  8. stirandstitch says:

    i can see why you were clinging to those fabrics – they are lovely (as are the hats)!
    i wonder how complicated it would be to alter the pattern to fit an adult head?

  9. mcblackburn says:

    You had to make that hat to go with those cute little pink toms!! They are both lovely! And, my two year old’s head is 1/2″ bigger than my five year old. We can barely get a t-shirt over it!

  10. Inder says:

    These are adorable! I’ve had this hat on my to-sew list for sooooooo long. It might be time to finally try it! I also love that O+s Sailboat Top, and that flash of your little boy’s adorable belly! ❤

  11. darci says:

    Those are great hats and not really that difficult to make. I think I made my 4yo a large hat. My kids also have big heads AND her hair seems to fill it up;)
    I think I will make the hat deeper next time

  12. I'm Feelin' Crafty says:

    love the hats. my son too has a big head, hence the c-section… seriously, i think it’s always been as big as his dad’s head. His daycare teacher, who was from an African country, told us that in her country big heads are a sign of very smart people! 🙂 i have a tutorial for one on my blog, but I need to update it and make a bigger one!!! or try this pattern!

    • kristin says:

      yes! big head = big brain! hey if you figured out how to make one of these on your own, maybe you can figure out an adult version…???? 🙂

  13. Lucinda says:

    Oh, these are just so precious! Is there anything cuter than a toddler in a sunhat? (and love his grey striped shirt with the yellow polka dot fabric!). I haven’t tried this pattern yet – I’m one of those negligent moms who always forgets to put on the sunscreen and put on the hats . . . must. work. on. that. These hats are the inspiration I need!

  14. Anna G says:

    I missed this post while on vacation and I’m so glad I caught up. I have the book but wasn’t inspired to make the hat but your versions look so lovely I’m going to add it to “the list”!

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