A few months ago, I gave birth to a sweet baby girl, Little G. Now that we’re past the waking up every 1-2 hours to eat, we’ve gotten the hang of breast feeding and figured out how to change diapers, I’m occasionally able to get back in my studio to work on some of the zillionty projects I want to make.
I think one of the best things so far (besides the delicious baby cuddles) is how inspired I am to make things since she arrived. Recently, I decided that Little G needs a cute baby sun hat to shade her sweet face. Since she has an uncanny ability to wake up the second I sit down to work on anything, I thought I should heed Charming’s words to not overextend myself and get involved in too many projects. Although I want to make all the things, I just don’t have the time. So for now I’m keeping my projects simple, like a baby sun hat.
Since I was following Charming’s advice, I decided to search for a sun hat in a few different stores before I jumped into a new project, but there was nary a newborn baby sun hat to be found. The smallest size I could find was 0-6 months, which is a huge range in size and was way too big for Little G. That gave me the perfect excuse to make one.
I found Simplicity Pattern 1813 and I made the hat (option B) in the smallest size, which is 0-3 months. However, it was still way too big. It will fit nicely later in the summer, but for now I needed to get a better fit. I made a second, smaller baby sun hat. See the note on step one for the measurements used.
If you have made anything using a pattern by one of the Big 4 pattern companies, you know that the instructions are often don’t have much detail, assume that the sewist is experienced and will be able to fill in the blanks. If you’re inexperienced and/or a very visual learner (like me) this can make following a pattern challenging and frustrating. So, below is a tutorial that can help you if you need a little supplementation for this pattern or any similar pattern.
*Note that my finished hat is reversible. If you want to make your hat reversible pick 2 fabrics that go well together. If you don’t want your hat to be reversible your inner fabric can be anything, such as scrap fabrics, and your brim fabrics can both be the outer fabric.
Tutorial: How to Sew a Baby Sun Hat
1/2 yard of outer fabric
1/2 yard of inner fabric
1/4 yard interfacing (I used Pellon Soft n’ Stable)
Hand sewing needle
Cut your pattern out to size and per the instructions.
You should have:
- (4) #16 pieces of outer fabric
- (4) #16 pieces of inner fabric
- (2) #15 pieces of outer fabric
- (2) #15 pieces of inner fabric
- (1) brim piece of outer fabric
- (1) brim piece of inner fabric
- (1) interfacing piece for brim
Note: To make a smaller version of this hat I took 1/2″ from the bottom of pieces 15 and 16, 1/8″ from each side (for a total of 1.5″ from the circumference), 1″ from the brim (outer edge) and 1.5″ from the circumference of the brim.
Sew the outer fabric lining of the hat.
*In this example, the sailboat fabric is the outer fabric and the lobster is the inner fabric.
Pin one #16 piece to one #15 (middle) piece. Sew at 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat with a second #16 piece.
Repeat this process with the remaining outer #16 & #15 pieces.
Pin the outer pieces right sides together, matching up the notches. Sew at 1/4″.
Repeat this process with the inner fabric pieces with one exception: leave an opening for turning your project.
Sew the brim pieces.
Iron the interfacing to the inner brim piece per the instructions it came with.
Next, pin each piece to itself and sew at 1/4″ seam allowance.
You should now have 2 circles of fabric. One for the outer brim and one for the inner.
Iron the seams open.
Pin the brim pieces right sides together, matching up seams. Sew together at 1/2″ seam allowance.
Trim notches around the brim in the seam allowance to create ease for turning.
Turn right side out and press.
Topstitch the outer brim at 1/4″ seam allowance.
Baste stitch the inner brim seam.
Pin the inside seam of the brim to the outer fabric of the hat, right sides together.
Sew at 1/4″ seam allowance.
Next, with right sides together, pin the completed hat so far into the inner lining fabric.
Sew at 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn your hat right side out through the hole you left in the lining.
Sew closed with a secret stitch and you’re done!