I wish I was one of those mothers who would make a sunhat by hand...then sew busily away until I had enough to sell on etsy. I'm not one of those. My girls needed sunhats, so I bought two of the same hat at our local hat and shoe store. They were cheap, pink, and cotton...that is to say, they were almost perfect.
I didn't like the little tied-in-a-knot bows adorning them, nor did I like the idea of the girls having hats that are EXACTLY the same. So, I personalised them, in about 10 minutes.
Trace a circle onto a piece of cotton of your choice, and cut out.
With needle and thread, do a running stitch (in, out, in, out) all around the outer edge of the circle.
Gently pull the thread to cinch the circle closed...
...and pull tight. Secure with a few stitches.
Remove the ugly bow, then choose a pretty button!
Sew the button to the centre of the flower, passing thread through the hat several times to secure the whole thing.
You might just get carried away and decide to add a whole garden! I am now thinking I may have to do an entire hat band of little posies. Try embellishing a jean jackets, barrettes, a brooch, or a sweater. They can also be stitched together to create a table runner, or if you're really ambitious, a whole quilt!
The bucket hat: an essential piece of summer clothing, personalised and created (almost) entirely by hand!