I love bucket hats on kids. The style is so good for protecting their little faces, ears and necks from the sun. My son had outgrown his last bucket hat and was in desperate need of a new one.
Enter, the Sorrento Bucket Hat. This is a free pattern from Elbe Textiles, and it is exactly what I wanted. Both the hat sides and the brim are nice and deep, so they provide excellent sun protection.
My little boy is like me, he doesn’t deal well with the heat and humidity. To try and add a bit of ventilation, I made four eyelets in the hat, one on either side of the side seam. I hand-stitched these eyelets, and I think they turned out very neat.
As I was using a medium weight cotton fabric for this hat, I decided to reinforce the brim by adding some heavyweight interfacing (like the stuff they use in the collars of mens’ shirts). For a personal touch, I embroidered my sons’ name on some ribbon, to act as a name label.
This hat has already been to the zoo, daycare and the back yard, and I honestly can’t recommend it enough. He really likes it too, I guess I made the right decision by using fabric with cars printed on it!
- Pattern brand/name/number: Sorrento Bucket Hat by Elbe Textiles
- Style, size: XS
- Fabric: Medium weight cotton (almost like quilting cotton) from my Mums fabric stash
- Notions: Heavyweight interfacing, matching thread
- Modifications/alterations: Added an eyelet to either side of the side seams to add ventilation
I’m so impressed with this pattern that I think I might make one for myself, although, maybe not in matching fabric..!