Monday, July 4, 2011


Our vacation is fast approaching, and I decided that I want a sun hat to wear on the beach.  I wanted to make it out of black canvas with a turquoise sash and lining, but I couldn't find any black canvas at Joann's today.  Since I'm not a patient person, I settled on this natural-colored duck cloth. . . and I'm very happy with the choice now.  I love the way it looks with the black binding. 

The girls are modelling for me as I'm much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.

I used the free Hot Patterns Sunny Side Up Sunhat pattern, which can be found here. 

The pattern is listed as one size fits all, but I have a really BIG head.  I got it put together minus the binding and sash and tried it on, quickly realizing that 23 inches is outside of the limits of one size fits all.  I altered the hat by cutting the u-shaped portion in the back up a bit higher to allow more room for my noggin.

We measured our heads for comparison, and Allie's head is already 21 inches around, which coincidentally, is the exact same size of her daddy's head.

The pattern goes together easily, but the instructions are somewhat lacking, and the notches don't line up quite like they should.  Instead of relying on the notches, I just made sure that the center fronts matched up and went from there.  And it's free. . .how can it get better than that?!

I'm looking forward to wearing it on the beach!


  1. How funny! I downloaded the hat pattern (and a few others) from yesterday.:)

    It's a gorgeous hat! And I love the contrast of the colors. I really think the natural colored duck cloth is the best choice. Black might have ended up too hot under the sun at the beach. Have fun on your vacation!

  2. I have been looking for a hat pattern like this one - so glad you posted about it.
    yours turned out so cute!

  3. Those look lovely on your daughters! Where is yours? :-)

  4. Oops, I just reread that intro and see this IS your hat and I saw the girls wearing theirs in another post. Sorry about that!

  5. This is definitely a great find in a free pattern!