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.
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”
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..
so perfect, my kids have the same size heads too! I love your pictures, it looks so peaceful there. 🙂
thanks, it really is! such a great place for the kids to just be outside most of the day.
Beautiful hats and photos! I noticed the pink is a perfect match to her shoes.
Just need to wait for the sun
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! 🙂
faaantastic! can’t decide which hat i like more, and that pic of em from the side is especially great. another sunny memorial day weekend in the pacific northwest!
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.
oh that’s a great idea! both of these hats fit their heads snugly, which probably means i get to make new ones next year…hehe.
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. 😦
come on, yuki, get with the program! break out the bribes. 🙂
Love these photos and love this hat! We adored the one you made for A last year. Great fabric choices this time around, too.
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. 🙂
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 🙂
the moons were especially difficult, since i hadn’t cut into it at all yet! eek!
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….
These hats are adorable! I love the color combinations you used, they are perfect!
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?
i would love to see someone do that! my brain can’t figure it out…maybe that should be jessica’s next project. hehe.
yes please 🙂
Too cute:) love your fabric choices!
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!
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! ❤
thanks, inder! you should make one, it’s not a time-consuming project but something they get so much use out of!
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
that’s so funny!
lovely pictures. and i love the wide-brim!
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!
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…???? 🙂
What lovely fabric combos. Such cuteness! Thank you for the links 🙂
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!
thanks lucinda! oh yes, you could whip a few of these up in no time, i’m sure of it. it’s really fun to pick fabrics for them.
well it’s kind of lost all meaning now, hasn’t it? 🙂
thanks for posting! i’ve been looking for a good bucket hat tutorial for a hiwle!!
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”!
These are super cute! I especially love the yellow spots…. makes me think I just might need one for myself 🙂
love these! wonderful fabric choices