Sunday, December 12, 2010

Handmade Christmas: Sun Hat

You're probably thinking, "A sun hat? For Christmas?" That's understandable. As I was typing the title I thought the same thing. But my life is not so much like it used to be with white winters and warm sweaters. I live in Southern California, and it's all about the beach. Today, for example, it was in the 90's. Terrible, I tell you. At least at Christmastime it is. At any rate, I found this Amy Butler pattern for a sun hat, and it seemed like a reasonably quick project, and so I decided to make it for Lyndsay as a Christmas gift. (She knows about it, since I had to measure her head, but she hasn't seen it finished. So, Minely, if you're reading this, do NOT direct her to my blog!)

The fabric is Joel Dewberry, and though you can't see too well in the pictures, I used lime green thread in all the topstitching accents, and a coordinating print for the inside lining.

I am really pleased with the outcome. The pattern was super easy to follow, and the hardest part was cutting and pinning through all the layers of canvas that are sandwiched between the exterior and lining of the hat to give it its shape. But the heft of the hat is wonderful, and the fit is perfect. I had Lyndsay close her eyes while I put it on her head just to make sure. This will be a great accessory for reading (and friendship bracelet making) on the beach. And will go perfectly with the pink sunglasses I know she just ordered for herself. Tee hee.


Megan said...

Way too cute! I need something like that for my desert walks!

chris said...

Darling hat! I'm fair skinned, and always wish I had a fashionable hat to help with the sun. I think it's a great gift idea.

Andrea said...

cute. And can I just say how jealous I am that you can go to the beach now.

Sarah said...

Seriously, Jenna! You should open up a boutique! Love the hat!!