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Oliver + S bucket hats with a chin strap

We are going on vacation. A real vacation. With sun. And sand. And most importantly, grandparents. See, a real vacation. For me. I'm giddy!

Due to the whole sun issue it was obvious we'd need a bucket hat from Oliver + S Little Things to Sew. Of course. And once I made one hat, others were requested. This is what I've got so far.

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The hats are easy to make. Budget yourself 2-3 hours, depending on how comfortable you are with sewing and how late at night it is (i.e. how much you'll need your seam ripper). 

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The hats are fully reversible. Though I added a chin strap to this one making it not so reversible. But with a 13 month old a chin strap is essential. Just sew it in when sewing the inside hat portion to the rest of the hat (final step). 

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The pattern says the rows of stitching on the brim are optional but don't skip that part. It isn't that difficult if you go very slow and it adds so much strength to the hat. No floppiness here. Plus the cute factor raises by at least 5 points.

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I omitted the hand stitching on the last step of the pattern and just machine sewed in on. You'll know what I mean when you have the pattern. It worked well and saved me a bit of time. I just pinned carefully and had no issues (oh except that one but then it was good)! Like I said, add a little time if you are working late at night.

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Have you made one yet?


  1. says

    Your hats look great! I’d love to make some hats for my girls, and (fingers crossed) hope to see the Oliver & S book in my stocking this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Jo says

    If you sew a teeny little buttonhole through all layers next to where the straps are sewn in, you can pull them through and make the hat reversible. My daughter had a RTW hat like that, and it worked really well.

  3. Marilyn says

    How wide is the chin strap? I’m trying to add a strap to my 9mth old’s hat I’m making using a Simplicity pattern because I know it will be off his head in 5 secs. if I don’t have it secured w/ velcro. I’m fairly new to sewing and I’m worried that I’ll make it so small I won’t be able to machine sew the velcro on w/o jamming the machine. :( Thanks for the help.

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