Nicki LaFoille

Bucket Hat

Nicki LaFoille
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Learn how to sew a bucket hat to protect your eyes and face on sunny days. With just some fabric and interfacing, Nicki LaFoille shows you how easy it is!

Download the Bucket Hat pattern in sizes Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.

Nicki discusses the necessary supplies, and how to alter the type of interfacing used for a floppier or sturdier brim.

The Bucket Hat pattern consists of Crown, Side and Brim pieces. Nicki discusses how many pieces to cut and how to begin stitching them together, starting with the Side pieces. Inserting the Crown piece into the upper edge of the Sides requires some easing, as you are joining a curved edge to a straighter edge.

You will create a lining piece using the same steps, and in addition, press the lower edge toward the wrong side. Then set the lining aside.

Nicki demonstrates how to create the brim by stitching the four Brim pieces together. It’s important to pink or otherwise notch out the outer circumference, to create a smooth seam when the brim is turned right side out and pressed. Nicki discusses how to topstitch the brim in as many concentric circles as desired, for detailing on the bucket hat.

Next, you will join the lower edge of the hat Side pieces to the inner edge of the Brim. Nicki demonstrates how to pin and attach these edges. Clip into the seam allowances up to, but not through, the stitching every 1/4”, to release the seam allowance for comfort and fit. The last step is to insert the lining into the hat and hand stitch the fold over the previous stitching line.

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