Ah, summer! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the heat is slowly melting us like a forgotten popsicle. It’s the perfect time to lounge by the pool, sip on icy lemonade, and of course, protect ourselves from those relentless UV rays. And what better way to stay cool and stylish than with a DIY reversible bucket hat? Bucket hats are the hat of the summer–we had to try out our own version to go with the beach bag and espadrilles. With a touch of creativity, and a sewing machine that hasn’t lost its sense of adventure, let’s dive into this fun and practical project!
This bucket hat is one of the summer accessories we’ve been making with our Lime Ricki swimsuit collection (seen above). We turned all the patterns into our Spoonflower shop, which you can shop here. We already showed you how to make espadrilles and next up is a beach bag! Stay tuned!
DIY Reversible Bucket Hat
- After cutting out the crown of the head, headband, and brim pieces, iron on the fusible interfacing to 2 of the outer brim pieces.
- Pin the outer brim pieces (with the interfacing) right sides together at the sides and stitch.
- Repeat this with the lining brim pieces.
- Press the seams open and top stitch along both sides of the seam. Set aside.
- With right sides together, pin both of the outer headband side panel pieces together along the side seams and sew. Repeat with the lining headband side panel pieces. Flip and press the seams open. Topstitch along both sides of the seams.
Attaching the cap
- Pin the outer cap and headband side panels together, right sides together, at the top opening. It is curved, so it may feel wonky, but it will sew together perfectly. Stitch around, closing the top of the hat. Turn right side out and press the seams.
- Repeat this with the lining cap and headband side panels.
Attaching the brim
- Grab your outer brim piece (with the interfacing), and with right sides together, pin it to the bottom opening of the hat (outer headband panels).
- Stitch all the way around. Press seams open and top stitch.
- Repeat this with the inner brim piece and inner headband + cap piece.
- You will now have two hats! We just have to put them together in order to make this beautifully reversible!
Making it reversible
- Turn one hat inside out, and place it inside the other. Right sides should be together.
- Making sure the right sides (pattern showing) are touching each other, pin the edge of both brim’s together. Leave a 6 inch opening so you can pull it right side out. If you sew it completely shut, you won’t be able to pull the other hat out to have it’s right side of the fabric showing!
- Sew around the edge.
- Put your hand inside the opening and pull the inner hat out. Punch it into the hat, creating the reversible look! Press down the seam along the edge of the brim, as well as inside of the hat.
Finishing it off with the classic bucket hat topstitching
- Our bucket hat wouldn’t be complete without the classic top stitching around the brim.
- Sew a few rows of evenly spaced topstitching across the width of the brim to finish the hat off. For a cleaner look, start and end your stitching at a side seam to maintain a clean top stitched look along the front and back!
- Snip excess threads and you are finished! Enjoy your new summer bucket hat!
I LOVE how mine turned out and I can’t wait to see what you do with yours! If you’re in the mood for more making, try out the DIY beach bag and espadrilles! Tag us with #LarsMakes so we can all see them!