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Okay, I admit it: I didn't have the time to do any new creative projects this weekend. So, instead, I'm sharing with you something I did a few weekends ago. Yes, I made bucket hats! Well, actually, as the kids are always needing hats for school/childcare/outings, I got inspired to make one of each for the boy and the girl.
You see, I found a free pattern online with instructions on how to sew bucket hats. But, for some reason, the URL is not available anymore.
However, I do have a copy that I'm happy to send to folks who might want to give it a go. Just leave a comment in this post (using your valid email address) and I'll email the PDF file of the bucket hat pattern to you.* (see note below)
The bucket hat pattern has only one size. But, I ended up photocopying the patterns and reducing the sizes accordingly. I just used my home all-in-one scanner/printer/copier.
As I mentioned, I made two of these hats. And, I used these really cute double-sided Japanese craft fabric for the project. One's in purple with bunnies and flowers in them (pictured here). And, another's one navy blue with owls in them (for the boy). I got the fabric from a local shop called Lincraft.
It was the first sewing project that I tried using a pattern. Cutting the fabric and following the instructions were no problem. It was making nice, smooth lines when sewing the fabric together that was a real challenge to me. As you can probably see here, the hat's a bit crooked. 😀
But, the kids love them anyway. I think they really enjoy knowing that I made the hats especially for them.
Anyway, here's my girl modelling her custom-made bucket hat:
Maybe next time I sew new bucket hats, I can make them straighter. 🙂
*Note: I'm temporarily suspending my offer to email the free bucket hat pattern that I have, as I didn't realise how popular it's going to be. It's taking too much of my time trying to email everyone the pattern. So, until I find a better solution on how to automate the process of sharing the pattern, I'm afraid that I cannot offer to email this for now. Please stay tuned for further announcements on this matter, if you're interested in getting a hold of the pattern. Thanks for your understanding.
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.