It was a beautiful, sunny day here yesterday. I put Amélie's hat on and noticed it was a bit on the small side. It's time she had a new hat. The boys could both use new hats too, and as spring is coming, and with it the warmer weather(!) and UV rays and all that, it is time to get hat making. I figured that I'm probably not the only one who needs to get onto this, so decided to make it a sew-along.
I've made quite a few hats over the years, the first hat I made was from an old Top Kids magazine, from when Liam was about six months old. I then made another hat for one of my nephews, using the same pattern.
Later, I discovered Nicole Mallalieu (also known as "You Sew, Girl!"). I had seen her bib pattern on-line and had read a few of her blog posts. Then I went to a Stitches and Craft Show and actually met her. I saw the Kids' Hat pattern and ummed and ahhed about it. Honestly, I thought it was a bit expensive. I really had only ever bought commercial patterns and had never had a boutique pattern before. I ended up buying it and boy, am I glad I did! It was definitely worth what I paid for it and I have made heaps of hats using that pattern. There are heaps of hints and tips in a "You Sew, Girl!" pattern that you will never get from the big commercial pattern companies, and I've been hooked ever since.
There are heaps of other hat patterns out there. I also have Nikki's Fedora pattern, and her book, which has a couple of cute baby hats in it. Some of my friends are really happy with the "Make It Perfect" bucket hat pattern and another recommendation I've heard is the Oliver + S hat pattern, which is available as a free down-load.
I'm not fussed about which pattern you use. We'll all motivate each other to get our hats finished before the end of September. I plan to try out a few new embellishment techniques, you might want to try them too? If you have any trouble with your hat(s) you can leave a comment on my blog, or message me if you want to be anonymous and we'll try to help each other, ok :)
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