summer bucket hat

Remember when I used to post on a regular basis?  That was fun.  Sorry for the long hiatus, but I was in St. Louis visiting my (really awesome) family.  I had planned on posting a little bit, but then, eh ... I didn't feel like it.  Instead I went on too many trips to the local frozen custard place, made late night taco runs with my little brother, and hung out with my mom and dad.  And one of my brothers got married!  It was all very exciting.

Less exciting was the weather there - it rained almost everyday!  So imagine my pleasure at returning to Santa Barbara where it feels like full-blown summer.  We are going swimming today.  Hurrah!

Ruby was in need of a sun hat.

Earlier this month I celebrated a birthday and my sweet sister sent me a copy of Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, by Liesl Gibson.  It is fantastic!  I seriously want to make every single project in the book, but especially have big plans for the puppet theater project for Ruby's first birthday, which is coming up fast.

My first pick was the bucket hat, which I made out of some cute Amy Butler fabric.  The pattern was perfectly easy and came together in just a few hours. 

Ruby's favorite part of her new hat is taking it off.  I think I need to add a chin strap (did you notice my hand holding the hat down on her head in the top photo?).

Oscar has already requested his own hat (with a truck on it).


Mrs D said...

looks great, perfect fabric. I made this hat last week, with moderate success. Had to make a pleat in the crown part to fit the brim, but I realise it was completely my fault. But it fits and will keep my baby girl shaded. I'll certainly have another go. It's a great pattern/book. I have also made the tutu's which turned out so pretty.

Holly said...

Super Cute!! See you at the pool :)

Catherine Denton said...

That's one precious hat (especially on her)! Can't wait to see the truck one. ;)
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Anne said...

So sweet! Did you make the dress?

Alisa said...

I love her rolls!

I have read your blog for a long time but have never commented. I have made several of your ideas and even made the advent calendar over Christmas. Thanks for spending time teaching us your crafty ideas!

ps I'm the sister of Melanie over at the Crafty Cupboard {my claim to fame}

Katie said...

Ooh, yours is adorable! I made a (much more plain) version of this same hat for my daughter a few weeks ago from that sweet little book. Love it. And, again, love your fun hat. :)

Chikosa said...

оооо, сute hat! I also recently sewed a hat for my daughter, go look:)

Brye said...

I've been wanting to get this book but I can't find what sizes the patterns run. Can you tell me. I have a 5 yr old and an 18 month old and I am hoping the patterns will work for both.

Margaret in Canada said...

Yay! You're back! So glad to know that nothing was wrong, you just had some fantastic family time. :)

Ruby has grown so much and is absolutely adorable! This hat is awesome too. I really need to learn to sew! In the meantime, i will just keep enjoying seeing your creations. :)

Vanessa said...

Love it!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

ha I was wondering if you switched to a different website and fell off my reader!

My 15 month old daughter won't keep anything on her head either :( Super cute shot of yours!

bethanndodd said... the hat and those chubby legs! Sounds a great time with family :)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I feel the same way about the book - I want to make everything! I made bucket hats as well and the messy kid bib. Hoping to start the next project this week!

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

Well, way to sneak your birthday by all of us :) Happy belated!
Great fabric choice for that hat too!

Sarah said...

I knew we were kindred spirits- I love Ted Drews, too.

Nuttygirl said...

I have to have straps on my kids hats, not because they take them off but because it is so windy where we live that they won't stay on. For my daughters I left a little hole in the seam by the brim and main body of the hat on both sides so the straps can reverse sides along with the rest of the hat. But for my son's since his was already made and he is older (5) and I question the amount of time I have where he will allow straps on his hat I just made some straps and pinned them on the inside with little safety pins. They have worked great that way!

Your hat looks great by the way! I love the fabric. My kids insisted on character fabric so we have care bears and lightening mc'queen here but at least it is fairly cute fabric.

Jamie said... chance was the custard place Ted Drewes? I grew up on the Illinois side and would always go there after a Cardinals game.

That hat is too cute. I may have to check that book out.

virginiamae said...

Adorable =)

Stacey said...

Welcome back! Hope you had a fun trip!! We were just in St. Louis at the end of March... we were welcomed with a great big snow storm! LOL Silly me, I had checked the weather forecast and it was supposed to be slightly chilly. So I packed jackets when I really should've packed coats! Oh well, it did warm up enough the last day we were there to make a trip to Ted Drewes (as if the cold wouldv't stopped us! LOL)
Are you from St. Louis? I grew up in St. Louis South Stake... wonder if we know any of the same people:)
Adorable hat!!

Sweetie Pie Bakery said...

I just got the book in the mail last week and am very excited about it. Just wanted to say I LOVE the new blog design!

Lettie said...

What a beautiful girl! My little one needs a hat too - and definitely a chin strap on it! I love your blog and I'm glad you "ignored" us for awhile. I'm always happy to see regular bloggers take a break and just BE. No editing pictures and timing posts. I'm happy you got to go have fun, despite the rain. Did you make Ruby's little top/dress too? I really need to sew more for my baby and stop looking to Target for all the answers to her clothing needs!

Mrs. KIR said...

Are you kidding--coming out here during crazy tornado time--you must love that fam. A LOT:)

Linda said...

That Ruby is one adorable little lady. I love her new hat!

amy said...

Ruby is a sweet little face isn't she. Babies and their soft skin bellies are the purist thing in this world.

+ Your fabrics look lovely


hope to hear from you*
love amy ^.^

Whitney and Michael said...

I am a new follower! Love your stuff! Thanks!

Calm Crazy World said...

That is such a sweet idea!

I have just awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award! I hope you can stop by to accept it! said...

I need that book! I will have to look at the library. Thanks for all your amazing Ideas! I LOVE IT! Kristy from

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