4-in-1 Bucket Hat Tutorial

Hey, I’m Abby from Sew Much Ado, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of U-Create today. Kari is really the Oprah of blog land, and I actually think this is even better than being on Oprah because I can do it all in my pjs (which makes me wonder why I’m not in them right now). I love to share tutorials and projects at Sew Much Ado, and I’m especially excited to share one with you today!
What are we making? Hopefully the picture gave you a clue :), but if not: a 4-In-1 reversible toddler bucket hat for non-commital types like me (I should clarify that I’m happily married, the non-commital part is just for everything else in my life)! The pattern is sized 2T/3T, or approximate head circumference of 19″.
Okay, let’s get to work on our 4-In-1 Bucket Hat


1/4 yd main fabric

1/4 yd co-ordinating fabric for reverse side of hat
optional: 1/2 yd fusible interfacing if your fabric is lightweight or you want extra stiffness in your hat (1/4 yd needed if interfacing only one side of hat)
Heat n Bond scraps
Pattern pieces – ensure that your printer is not set to scale the document larger or smaller before you print :).
Click here to download the pattern pieces for the hat.


Note: All seam allowances are 1/2″.

1. Cut out fabrics and interfacing (optional) as marked on pattern pieces. When cutting interfacing, cut pieces 1/2″ smaller on all sides of pattern pieces.

2. If using interfacing, iron to wrong side of corresponding fabric pieces. For the hat pictured, I chose to interface only one side of the reversible hat (which means I only cut 2 of each piece out of interfacing instead of 4 as marked on the pattern pieces).

3. Prepare your appliques. Apply Heat n Bond to wrong side of fabric (I used a scrap piece of knit for the applique on the printed side of the hat so I could applique with a straight stitch and leave the edges raw) and trace your design (remember to trace it backward if your applique is not symetrical!). Cut out design and iron to right side of one hat band piece on main fabric. You can center the design or place it off center if you’d rather. Stitch around design close to edge.

4. Right sides together, pin and stitch band pieces of main fabric together at sides, matching raw edges. Press seams open.

5. Clip top of hat band every 3/4″. Make sure that your cuts are less than 1/2″ long.

6. Right sides together, pin top edge of band to main fabric crown piece, matching raw edges. To mark the crown piece into quarters before pinning, I like to “finger press” it by folding it in half and then in half again and giving it a good pinch. It saves time and my home-ec teacher in high school even taught me it so it’s totally legit :).

7. Stitch pinned band to crown, stretching the clipped edge to match the curved crown edge as you go. Press seam toward center of crown and turn hat right side out.

8. Right sides together, pin and stitch brim pieces of main fabric together at sides, matching raw edges. Press seams open.

9. Clip top edge of brim every 1″. Make sure that your cuts are less than 1/2″ long.

9. Right sides together, pin and stitch top of brim to bottom of band, matching raw edges. Press seam open.

10. Assemble reverse side of hat by repeating steps 3-9 with co-ordinating fabric.

11. Right sides together, pin two sides of hat together at bottom rim, matching side seams and raw edges. Stitch pieces together at pinned edge, leaving a 4″ gap for turning the hat right side out.

12. Turn hat right side out, placing one side of hat inside the other. Press bottom edge of brim flat, pressing raw edge of opening under 1/2″. Topstitch near bottom pressed edge around entire brim and again 1/4″ from edge. If you like, you can continue topstitching parallel rows 1/4″ apart to the top of the brim.

13. Let your little one enjoy his or her new hat…
…Or should I say hats?!
Thanks so much for having me Kari! I hope you all have a great weekend. Come by and say hello anytime!

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  1. says

    I love this! Thanks so much!
    I’ve already made my two year old son 2 hats using this tutorial! And I was able to figure out the math to make two smaller one’s for my baby boy that’s due anyday. Now my boys have matching hats, yet can also reverse them! Way too cute! Thanks a lot!

  2. says

    Either my 20 mo has a freakishly large head or the pattern is more of an 18 mo-2T size. Regardless of this, it was a very easy pattern to sew with clear directions, thank you! I was able to get it sewn while my DH was filling up the inflatable pool for the kids, about 2 hours of sewing total.

  3. says

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I increased the size of the hat for a 21″ head by adding 1/2″ inch to both sides (not the top or bottom) of the band and brim and 1/2″ all the way around the crown pattern piece. That would lead me to believe that for every inch bigger than 19″ your child’s head is, add 1/4″.

  4. says

    This hat is so great! I agree that it’s awesome to see something for a boy! I made it out of a pair of old blue jeans. I know it’s not that creative, but at least I found something to do with them. I do plan a trip to the fabric store so I can make more hats in fun colors. My little man is going to be the hit of the beach!

  5. Emma says

    I just made this hat for my little brother who will be 5 tomorrow. I sewed it with a 1/4 inch seam allowance to make it a bit bigger (his head is 19 1/2″)
    One side is a lightweight denim and the other is red white and blue plaid. The denim side has a little yellow felt fish appliqué, which I sewed on with a handsewn buttonhole stitch. It’s super adorable and I hope he loves it as much as I do 😀 I also knitted him a stuffed fish :)

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