Summer is for sun hats

When I was at Camp Stitchalot in June, one of the women working in my vicinity, Cheryl, was sewing up sun hats for her children. She started by cutting up a bundle of Rae Hoekstra's new line Lotus Pond using the Accuquilt Go!, then sewing it up into panels that she then cut down into pieces for hats.

The hats were not complete when we left camp, so I checked in with her this week to show you the finished products:

The pattern Cheryl used is the Oliver + S Bucket Hat, from the book Little Things to Sew. It is reversible - like two hats in one! And, as a promotion for the book, it is also available as a free download from the Oliver + S website:

Although Cheryl didn't use this tutorial for a longer brim from Jessica of A Little Gray, she suggests it as a nice way to add some extra sun protection. But she does use her tutorial on construction method that avoids the hand sewing in her hats.

The fabrics she used were the Lotus Pond bundle, and single prints from that and Briar Rose, Catnap, and a Riley Blake gingham.

What a great idea, and project! And Cheryl very kindly took these fantastic photos to share with us. I love all the hats, but my heart is taken by the patchwork ones. I'm definitely putting this pattern on my to make list!