How to Sew Bucket Hat
This article is about how to sew a bucket hat. It’s a style of hat that was most popular in the late 1800s, but it has been making a comeback as of recent years and you can find them for sale today. This style of hat is easy to make, but also fun and clever since it looks like a bucket! Bucket hats are a popular trend that many people have been wearing this summer – learn how to sew one of your own!
How to Sew Bucket Hat
There’s nothing quite like a bucket hat to keep you warm on a chilly day. In this blog , we’ll show you how to sew one up quickly and easily. You’ll need a few supplies, including a bucket, some fabric, a sewing machine, and thread. We recommend using an all-purpose seam binding for this project to help keep it together.
1. Start by measuring the circumference of your head using a tape measure. Add 1 inch to this measurement for seam allowance. Cut four pieces of fabric of equal size (ours was 21 inches long).
2. Pin one piece of fabric along the longest edge of the bucket, making sure the raw edge is inside the bucket’s circumference. Sew around the entire perimeter of the fabric using a zigzag stitch or blanket stitch. Try not to stretch or pull on the fabric as you sew; just make sure it’s nice and tight against the bucket. Leave a small opening at the top so that your head will fit through .
3. Repeat step 2 with the other three pieces of fabric. Make sure that each piece overlaps slightly but doesn’t fold over onto itself. In the image below, the fabric is overlapping both to the right (when looking at it from the front) and to the left (when looking at it from the back). You want your bucket to look nice and round when you’re done!
4. Repeat step 3 with a second bucket. Then attach a pair of handles: one side to the outside rim and another side exactly opposite it on the inside rim.
5. Now all that’s left is to sew some straps for carrying your bucket around . I suggest sewing a strap across each handle so that you can carry them by their handles, rather than by just one handle per side. To do this, attach two pieces of fabric to each handle with a piece of thread. You want the strap to be as long as possible, so if the handle is 1″ wide then the strap should be 2″ long.
6. Attach one end of your strap to the outside rim of your bucket (this will be the end without handles). And attach the other end to the inside rim, directly opposite where you attached your first strap (the one with handles). If you’re using harnesses, you can use these same straps. When you carry it by its handles, they will keep it from twisting and turning on your back!
What Materials do I Need?
-Fabric for the hat (either a plain or patterned fabric)
-Hat Template or some other guide to follow
Step One: Trace the hat template onto your fabric. Make sure to enlarge the outline so that you have a good understanding of the shape of the hat before you start sewing.
Step Two: Cut out the fabric pieces according to the traced outline. Be sure to leave a 1-2″ margin all around the outside of each piece so that you can seam them together later on.
Step Three: Assemble the pieces by sewing along the marked lines. Be sure to backstitch at all points to ensure a strong seam.
Step Four: Once everything is sewn together, take care to trim off any excess fabric. You should now have a completed bucket hat!
If you’re looking for a fun, easy and comfortable summer hat, sew a bucket hat! This hat is designed to be lightweight and airy, perfect for keeping your head cool while out in the sun. You can use any type of fabric you like for this project – a cotton blend will work best because it’s breathable.
To make the bucket hat, start by cutting out a piece of fabric that measures about 19 inches wide by 18 inches long. Next, cut a hole in one end of the fabric so that it measures about 8 inches wide by 6 inches deep. Cut two strips of fabric that are about 2½ inches wide by 18 inches long, and fold each strip in half so that the long edges are even. Sew the folded edge together to create one long strip of fabric. Then, measure down the center of the strip and mark a line with a pencil. Sew along the marked line to create a seam. Turn the bucket hat right-side out and press it gently with a hot iron.
To make the brim, measure down from the top of your head approximately 1 inch and make a mark. Sew along the marked line to create a seam. Turn the brim right- side out and press it gently with a hot iron. For the embellishment, sew a strip of felt to the back of each hat with a running stitch. To do this, place the wrong side of the felt face up on the wrong side of the hat and then sew along one of its edges using a running stitch. When you reach the end of the fabric, flip your work so that right-side is facing up and continue sewing along another edge until you reach your starting point. Put on your bucket hat and have fun!
Creating a Pattern
If you are looking to sew your own bucket hat, follow these easy steps:
1. Buy a bucket. If you don’t have one lying around the house, you can buy one at any store.
2. Trace the top of the bucket onto some paper. Make sure that the bottom of the bucket is also included in the pattern so that you know where to start sewing.
3. Using a sewing machine and a standard straight stitch, sew the top of the pattern onto the bucket. Make sure that you go slowly and use a Sewing thread that is strong enough to handle the weight of the fabric.
4. Cut off the excess fabric from around the edge of the pattern and then remove any seam allowances that have been sewn onto the bucket.
5. Next, measure down from where you sewed on the top of the pattern and draw a line with a marker pen. Make sure that this line is long enough to extend all the way down to where you want your brim to be at the bottom of your hat.
6. Cut out both pieces of fabric using a scissors and then fold them in half so that they form an A-shape .
7. Fold the top of the A-shape down so that it matches up with where you cut in on the bottom of your hat, making sure that all visible seams are folded together and smoothed out.
8. SEW IT!
9. Repeat steps 5 – 8 two more times to create three rows of tucks across the brim.
10. Now you need to measure how far down from the top of your hat you want your brim to be then make a mark on your pattern piece at that place and then draw a second line which is long enough to extend past the first line or stretch as far as you would like your brim to be at this point (I made my marks about 4 inches from the top).
11. Cut off the bottom row of your brim and repeat steps 5 – 8 to make the tucks.
12. Now you have to find out how many rows of tucks you need to do across your whole hat before the front peaks of the tucks start to poke through at the sides. I decided that five rows would be enough, so I cut off my brim and measured how far down from the top of my hat it was, then marked that point on my pattern piece and drew a second line which was long enough to extend past the first line or stretch as far as I wanted my brim to be at this point (I made my mark about 3 1/2 inches from the top).
Finishing and Making it your Own
You can make a bucket hat in a few easy steps. The hat is made from a basic fabric circle and a brim. The brim is made from a strip of fabric that is folded in half and sewn to the top of the fabric circle. Then, you sew on the ends of the strip to form a triangle. You can make the hat as large or small as you like by altering the size of the fabric circle and triangle.
To finish your bucket hat, you will need to add some embellishments. You could add pompoms, a bow, or buttons. You could also paint or draw on the hat with pencil or pen. The possibilities are endless! Materials:
What is a Bucket Hat?
A bucket hat is a type of winter hat that is made from a large, round, sturdy container (usually a drum or barrel) that has been cut in half. The top of the bucket is sewn together and then folded down, creating the brim of the hat. The bottom of the bucket is left open so that it can be filled with snow or ice to create the desired thickness and shape of the hat. Bucket hats are a fun, simple, and inexpensive way to make a winter hat! And they keep their shape and insulate you from the cold through the whole night. When I was in high school, we all wore bucket hats. It was cool. But modern bucket hats have evolved. Some people like them because they look really cool and vintage-like, but others just don’t like ice or snow getting into their actual ears (which is where most of the noise happens). In either case, there are still plenty of ways to get a bucket hat without having to buy one that has been used before.
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The great thing about sewing your own bucket hat is that you can do it with whatever fabric you want. You can even use a vintage scarf or an old shirt that you love. I used a medium weight pink and white striped fabric from my mom’s stash (which became my dad’s birthday present) for this DIY, but I usually buy my fabrics at Joann Fabrics . Of course, you could use any fabric that appeals to you!
Here are the materials I used to make this hat:1 yard of fabric (I used half of a 60″ piece -I got 1.5 yards)3 yards of heavier winter weight knit (for brim)2 yards of lighter knit (for the headband part)1 yard of lighter knit (for the band)1/2 yard of felt (for the tassels)1/2 yard of ribbon How to make a bucket hat: You’ll need to find a pattern for your hat. I found one on Etsy and modified it so that I would know how much fabric I needed for each part. With this one, you need about 2-3 yards for the headband as well as 1-2 yards for the brim. I cut out my fabric pieces and sewed them together to form a headband. You want this seam to be pretty securely sewn so it doesn’t unravel later on down the line.
Tips for Sewing on a Bucket Hat
If you love old-fashioned bucket hats, you’ll love learning how to sew one! This hat is easy to make and perfect for fall or winter. Follow our tips and you’ll have a hat ready in no time.
1. Choose the right fabric. We recommend using a sturdy, cotton fabric for this project. Not only will it be comfortable, but it will also hold its shape well.
2. Cut out your fabric pieces. You’ll need two pieces of fabric – a front panel and a back panel. The front panel should be about twice as wide as the back panel. The front and back panels should also be about 1 inch wider than your head circumference (measured around the widest part of your head).
3. Sew the panels together. Start by sewing the sides of the front and back panels together, leaving a 1-inch gap open at the top (so you can fit your head through). Then, sew the top of the front and back panels together. Finally, close up the gap at the top of the front and back panels.
4. Sew the side seams of the front and back panels together, again leaving a 1-inch gap open at the bottom (so you can fit your foot through). Then, sew the bottom of the front and back panels together. Close up the gap at the bottom of the front and back panels.
5. Sew together your two side tabs (the rounded pieces that will contour to your head) with a ½-inch seam allowance.
6. Add a ¼-inch hem along one edge of each side tab.
7. Fold each side tab in half lengthwise, wrong sides facing, and pin them to the top and bottom edges of your head band so they hang off the sides evenly and straight down on either side.
8. Pin an elastic headband (or elastic headband plus 4″ x 8″ piece) onto one side tab such that it overlaps about 3 inches and sits over the edge of your head band by about ½ inch.
9. Sew the side tabs to the headband (through both layers of fabric).
10. With right sides together, sew the front and back panel edges at the top to form a tube, leaving an opening for turning at the neckline.
11. You will now turn this upside down and sew around the neck line opening to close it off.12. Fold over your 2″ x 24″ piece of elastic and mark where you want it to end (about 12 inches from center).
13. Mark a line on either side ½-inch inside of that point on each side, so you can see how long you will need to cut your elastic, but not quite to the line.
14. Sew ½-inch seam all the way along this line, backstitching at both ends.
15. Turn your headband right side out and press it flat, with the point of your elastic pressed down inside it.
16. Cut enough elastic to go around your headband 3 times, or just slightly under 2 inches longer than you want it to be stretched out when worn but not loose on your head.
17. With right sides together, sew up the back opening of your headband and whatever side edges need to be sewn closed (as long as they are a continuous line).
Making the Brim and Finishing The Hat
The first step is to measure the circumference of your head and cut a piece of fabric that is double the circumference. Take the folded fabric and sew it together along one long edge, leaving a 1-inch seam allowance. Then, turn it right-side out and press the seam allowances open. Next, measure the height of your hat brim and cut a piece of fabric that is twice as high as the brim measurement. Sew this piece of fabric to the top of the first piece, making sure to leave a 1-inch seam allowance. Finally, turn both pieces inside out again and press them down. Step 4: Sew the Hat Top Together Show All Items
Now that you have two pieces cut, you can begin sewing them together. Start with the hat top and right sides of both pieces facing each other. Stitch all the way around, leaving a 1-inch seam allowance open on one side as shown below. At this point, your hat should be roughly in place. Turn it inside out again and press the seam allowances down toward the brim. With a couple of machine stitches, stitch both seams closed from inside to outside to hold everything together.
Making the Brim and Finishing The Hat
Making the brim is a quick and easy process that just takes a few minutes to complete. To make the brim, cut a piece of fabric that is twice the circumference of the hat’s brim. Sew the fabric around the edge of the hat, leaving a ½-inch seam allowance. Trim any excess fabric.
To finish the hat, sew a seam down the center of the brim. Then fold over the top edge of the brim and sew it down to create a finished look. Finishing the Hat. Once the hat is complete you will want to give it a nice finish. To make the finishing process easier, always use a serger. Finalize the top edge of the hat by serging it to prevent fraying. Then, use a zigzag stitch along the brim and two or three lines of straight stitches down each side of the brim. To add texture to your finished hat, you can also add a ribbed band of yarn around the circumference of the hat. These are only decorative, not structural, so they can be easily removed if you change your mind!
Choosing your fabric to sew bucket hat
When you are choosing the fabric for your bucket hat, you need to consider the climate where you will be wearing it. If you live in a hot climate, choose a fabric that is lightweight and air-conditioning resistant. If you live in a colder climate, choose a heavier fabric that will keep your head warm.
Once you have chosen the fabric, decide how wide you want the brim to be. Most bucket hats have brims that are about 2 inches wide. You can make the brim narrower or wider by cutting the fabric slightly larger or smaller than the finished width of the brim, then sewing it to the hat body using a zigzag stitch.
If you want to add padding to your bucket hat, you can do so by stitching some batting or foam to the inside of the brim. Be sure to leave enough room around the edge of the padding so that it will not obstruct your vision when wearing the hat.
Finally, decide how high you want your bucket hat to be off your head. Most buckets hats are about six inches tall off of your head. You can make the height higher or lower by cutting down on the amount of fabric needed for the hat and sewing it together using a zigzag stitch.
Bucket Hats for Dummies Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned hat enthusiast, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re making bucket hats. Stay focused on the task at hand and don’t get distracted by other projects. Don’t start knitting before your pattern is finished. Take your time and work on it one step at a time. Read the instructions over and over again until they are completely clear in your head before you begin to sew them together with your sewing machine.