Who can resist a cute baby hat…certainly not me. When I came across the Trio of Baby Hats by Zaaberry I just had to test them out. Well that was 18 months ago but I have finally got around to making them! The above link will take to the Zaaberry blog Trio of Baby Hats Tutorial and Pattern.
I just love a free pattern, who doesn’t! But often they don’t live up to expectations…that is definitely not the case with the Ottobre Baby Beanie. It is gorgeous and so simple to make and just perfect! You only need a small amount of knit fabric, so it’s a great little scrap busting gift or project. This one is going straight to the top of my baby gift making list.
I did make this one for a gift, Hannah’s teacher is having a baby. Hannah has only had her for one term but she is very nice and a great teacher. It’s one of those congratulations on your baby but please don’t leave situations! I couldn’t very well make just a hat for a baby present, so I made another Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper too! This fabric is from a T-Shirt dress I bought at The Warehouse specifically for the fabric. I just liked the stripes and a cute patterned knit is hard to find in little old Gisborne.
The hanger really isn’t doing it justice! I am very happy with how this one turned out especially matching all those stripes! I wasn’t sure about the rolled hems at first but I really do like them, they add a cute little touch and something different to cuffs. My other favourite part it that the domes don’t go down the legs, they never sit right and always gape open in my experience. If you are wanting an opening down the leg I would use a zip.
I am starting to run low on domes so was pretty pleased about having enough of this colour, think it makes a nice combo. Will have to order some more, but am having trouble deciding between metal or more plastic kam snaps. Maybe white and black in the kam snaps and plain silver in the metal…thoughts anyone?
If you are looking for a great versatile baby gift set pattern I would definitely recommend the combination of these two. The Ottobre Beanie pattern is free too! I did buy the Brindille & Twig Rolled Hem Romper pattern but that is money well spent being so versatile, I haven’t had it long and made three rompers already. I see plenty more in my future!
I have been wanting to make a bucket style hat for my kids since the start of the summer. We are a good half way through summer now and I have finally got there. Well that’s not quite true…Harry’s is still half made on the sewing table! In my defence I have been babysitting central this week, not a day without extra kids so far this week. On the upside Harry is off for a playdate/sleepove tomorrow so I’ll go from a full house to just Hannah and I for the day. I can’t wait!
I chose the Oliver + S bucket hat pattern as I liked the shape and the free pattern. We all love a free pattern! The original Oliver + S pattern is for a reversible bucket hat but I decided to make mine single layered to keep them as cool as possible on the hot days we have been having. I am really happy with how it turned out!
I overlocked the hat pieces together and did do a double layer for the brim. Even with two layers of cotton fabric it is still a little softer than I would like, next time I will make it three layers!
I also extended the brim width (which probably explains the more floppy nature) to give a little more sun protection to the strawberry blondes who need it! The sun here in NZ is incredibly harsh and you burn in no time, so any bit of extra protection that doesn’t require a flap at the back of your hat is awesome!
Both these fabrics came from my personal collection (a.k.a stash!) I believe they are both cotton but there are no guarantees on that. I love how easily this hat came together especially with the single layer change.
The most time consuming part was sewing the quarter inch seams around the brim. I liked the look of the them but didn’t want to carry them on all the way to the edge of the hat. Now I’m not so sure…I think I might just do those last few seams it may make it slightly less floppy!
I will have to make a few more, maybe a plain one for floral dresses…good choice in the photos! Hannah chooses her own clothes these days and some mornings I really can’t help but send her back to change. I try my best to let her make her own style choices but…it’s hard!
Also I think these would make an excellent gift idea, I’ll be adding them to my gift sewing list. Yep I have a spreadsheet for that!
Head over to Oliver + S (link above) to get your free pattern!