Best Sun Hat Pattern

by Kelsey Norwood

in Sewing

womens sun hat tutorial pattern project

I’ve been on the search for a perfect sun hat pattern and I finally found it in a great little sewing book called Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase.

Because it’s in a book, I can’t very well give you the pattern here, although I wish I could because I know you would love it! I used one of my husband’s too-small button up shirts for the outside and a green zebra stripe home decor fabric from JoAnn for the other side. It took me an evening to make and I LOVE wearing it!

    Some tips for making a good quality hat:

    • look for a brim that’s not too tall so it sits up above your ears
    • clip and notch both seams
    • press, Press, PRESS!!! Pressing curved seams is tough, but it must be done. Use a tailor’s ham and take some deep breaths.
    • use interfacing on both brim pieces
    • edge stitch around the outside of the brim a few times in concentric circles to give it a nice finished look

    Since I can’t give you my pattern, here are some other sun hat patterns I found in blog land. Enjoy!

    Toddler’s Fluted Edge Hat
    Toddler Sun Bonnet
    Simple Baby Sun Hat
    Reversible Sun Hat
    Blue Sky Sun Hat
    Boys Sun Hat
    40s Sun Hat
    Child’s Reversible Flap Hat
    Simple Toddler Sun Hat


    1 Steph October 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    It’s a great looking hat! Just the right amount of ‘flare’ in the brim. I’ve reserved the book at the library to make the hat. I hope I can make it big enough for my enormous head!

    2 G'ma May 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I just reserved the book at the library too. It has just enough brim. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

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