DIY Funky and Fantabulous Reversible Bucket Hat

July 18, 2019By Mister DomesticAmbassador, Apparel, DIY, Sewing 32 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

With summer in full swing, the need for a hat to protect my noggin from the sun’s rays has become apparent. So, I decided to make myself a reversible bucket hat with a tutorial so we can all both take care of our heads and look super cute and stylish.

What you’ll need:

  • Two fat quarter cuts of main fabric
  • One fat eighth cut of fabric for the band
  • Coordinating thread
  • Half yard of medium fusible interfacing
  • Bucket hat template (Two sizes to choose from. I used the black outlined template)
  • Download hat template here: bucket hat template.pdf

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For each of the main fabrics, cut out the following:

  • One top, two sides, and two brims.
  • If adding a band to one of both of the sides, cut out two bands.
  • Cut interfacing: I used interfacing only from the brim, but if more stability is desired. Fuse the interfacing to pieces of only one of the main fabrics.

  • For the band pieces, fold over 1/4” on the top edge and press toward the back.
  • Using pins, line up the bottom and side edges of each band piece to its adjoining side piece.
  • Edge stitch each band onto into main piece and baste the bottom raw edges together.

  • For each pair of side and brim pieces, place right sides together and sew the raw side edges using 1/2” seam allowance.
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  • Take one matching side and top. Fold the side in half and press to find quarter marks. The seams will be the other two quarter marks.
  • Fold the top in half and in half again before pressing to find the quarter marks.
  • Using clips, line up each quarter mark right sides together and clip.
  • With the circle on the bottom, sew the side to the top using 1/2” seam allowance. Adjust to make sure that the raw edge of the sides are lined up with the edge of the circle as you sew.

  • Take the matching brim, fold in half and press to find the quarter marks. The seams will be the other two quarter marks.
  • Using clips, line up each seam and quarter mark right sides together and clip.
  • Sew together using 1/2” seam allowance.
  • Follow the entire construction process to sew the second set of matching fabric together.

  • Right sides together, insert one hat into the other. Line up the raw edges and clip in place.
  • using 1/2” seam allowance, sew along the raw edges, leaving a 2” gap.

  • Turn the entire hat right side out through the gap.
  • Press the edges, including the 2” gap, to ensure maximum crispness.
  • Edge stitch around the brim of the hat.
  • Continue sewing around the brim every 1/2” until you reach the seam between the top and brim.

And just like that, you’ve got yourself a super stylish reversible bucket hat that is sure to protect your head from the sun. So, wear it often and wear it proudly because you made it and it’s awesome. Happy Summer y’all.

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32 Comments

  • Love the hat, but cannot download pattern! Very disappointing to me. If possible, please email me this pattern. Thanks for the really well done video also!

  • Matthew, I NEED this!!! We are going in a fishing trip on Monday and we were going to buy hats. I don’t see them template on the blog. Am I missing the link???

  • Ladies, There is a link to download the hat template under the “What you will need” list. Hope this helps!

      • Hi Juanita,

        Once you click on the downloadable PDF file, it should end up on your Desktop or Downloads folder on your computer. Once you find it, simply double click to open.

        Hope this helps!

        The Brother Sews Team

      • Hi Patsy,

        Regarding the downloadable PDF on the blog, once you click on the file, it should download to your computer. Once it is on your desktop, you should be able to open it. If you are using Internet Explorer, maybe try Chrome (or vice-versa).

        Hope this helps!

        The Brother Sews Team

        Hope this helps!

    • Hi Judy,

      Once you click on the downloadable PDF file, it should download to your Desktop or Downloads folder on your computer. Once you locate it, double click to open.

      Hope this helps!

      The Brother Sews Team

  • I must have a big head – and I mean that literally not attitude-wise. Any tips on how to make it bigger?

    • Hi Tina,

      The downloadable PDF should download to your computer where you can then double-click it to open. If you are using Internet Explorer, maybe try Chrome.

      Hope this helps!

      The Brother Sews Team

  • Thank you for this easy and awesome pattern! I was able to download and save the PDF so I can print the pattern again.

  • Hi again, it lets me save the directions but not the pattern. I’m on an iPhone & iPad . What am I doing wrong. Can’t wait to make this hat!!😁

    • Hi Tina,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      On the iPhone, once you click the bucket hat template PDF, you should have the option of saving the file in ‘Save Files’ and then either the iCloud Drive or on your iPhone. If your iPhone is connected to your laptop, then the file could end up there.

      The best thing would be to open the file on your computer and then save the file on your desktop.

      Hope this helps!

      The Brother Sews Team

  • Is there a way to make the bucket hat child-size? I buy my grandkids hats all the time. I think they will love wearing one that I made.
    By the way, the pattern is in a zip file so I definitely need to use my laptop to open it.
    Thank you for the pattern.

  • The file is a .zip file so you need to Save As (I save on my desktop) and then Extract (right click then Extract All). I save with the same location/name. Then, you can delete the zip file.

  • YES THE LINK WORKS Go to the supply list and the last one says pdf . Click on it then look on the bottom of your screen and click open . Wait a second . A window should open you should see it come up and click on that . I printed mine first try .

  • I was able to open the pattern and the instructions on my phone and print. I was not able to open the file on my kindle fire since I couldn’t unzip it. This might also be a problem for those that are having difficulty.

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