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Reversible ‘Oliver + S’ bucket hat and a GIVEAWAY!


So our holiday in Spain is drawing ever closer and I’ve made a few things in anticipation. I’ve also had some leftover fabric from various other projects and, being the type of person who a) loathes waste and b)keeps fabric scraps any larger than an inch square, I was keen to make a few ‘free’ items.

I was lucky enough to be gifted some abstract Rose & Hubble floral fabric by a friend who was having a clear out and only used about half of it making this keyhole tunic from Love Sewing magazine.


Last weekend, No.2 Son declared that he needed some new shorts and was dismissed with the instructions to “go and make some then”.

He did and, an hour and a half later, came back sporting this very fetching pair of Hawaiian shorts using more of the same abstract print fabric.

Hawaiian shorts

I also had a small amount left of this campervan fabric from Minerva Crafts. It was used to line the pockets and waistband of an equally garish pair of shorts made for my husband (yet to be blogged about).

What can I say? He’s inherited his father’s love of bling:)

campervan fabric

So, armed with this combination of fabrics, I thought they’d make a great reversible sun hat for No.2 Son to go with his new shorts.


Enter ‘Oliver + S’ with the perfect reversible design which I loved as soon as I saw the three that Hila has just made on her blog, Saturday Night Stitch.

Oliver + s

I found this free pattern on the Oliver + SΒ  website, downloaded it instantly and printed it off within minutes. It taped together very quickly and easily and is sized for 3 months – 8 years. I just graded up again for No.2 Son who is ten.


Nothing tricky whatsoever in the sewing process, the instructions were clearly explained and faultless and within a couple of hours the hat was finished.

So quickly that I completely forgot to take ANY construction photos.

Never mind, No.2 Son loves it and was more than happy to pose for a few photos before school this morning.


No doubt it will look more appropriate in Spain with a pair of trunks and flip flops!


I love the rows of top stitching that add structure to the brim.


The reverse side peeks out from under the brim.




Yes, it will be perfect with his new self-made shorts.

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Talk about eeking out the fabric to get as much use from it as possible and I still have a metre of the blue one left – which brings me nicely to my next point.

My second Blogiversary has just passed, with 216 posts and total views tipping 106,000!

So, a HUGE “Thank you” to everyone that follows my blog and, as a token of my appreciation, I thought another giveaway was in order.

I’m giving away a metre of the Rose & Hubble print fabric which is lightweight and has a lovely drape to it – it would make a lovely Summer top.


There is also one and a half metres of this fabulous, super drapy fabric, a heavyweight crèpe I think, which would make a great evening top.


To be entered into the draw, just leave a comment below mentioning one of my past makes that you particularly liked.

For more entries, just share this post on social media and let me know. For every share, you will get an extra entry.

The winner will be picked at random after midnight on Sunday 15th May – so hurry!

Author: sewchet

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40 thoughts on “Reversible ‘Oliver + S’ bucket hat and a GIVEAWAY!

  1. Oh wow what a fab hat! Love the poses his given that’s my eldest all over hahaha! I love your caravan machine cover it’s fantastic and really detailed! Thanks for the chance of a lovely giveaway! Sal x

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  2. Love the cowl neck dress top you made for your trip to Spain.

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  3. Cute hat, do they come in “big head” sizes? And now you want us to narrow down to just one of your makes??? Difficult, but I absolutely adore your Christmas bags with the reindeer. So cute. (I am in US, if you are limiting to the UK, I’ll totally understand.)

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  4. You’ve made a lot of great things but my favourite was the pink, couture Vogue dress you made to wear at the races. I found the accompanying blog post fascinating!

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  5. What a smart little hat It look great both colour ways πŸ™‚ Oh, you have made so many beautiful things, it’s hard to choose!! If I had my arm pinned up my back, I would say the beautiful evening dress you wore for Mr. H-L’s work do πŸ™‚

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  6. Thanks so much for the hat link, I’m going to make one for my baby boy if I get a spare minute! I love your sewing machine cover. Happy Holidays! X

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  7. The print is gorgeous! πŸ˜€ And your sewing on point! ❀ Perfect fits. I really liked the sheep WIP knitting bag you sewed up for Tajana (and the matching phone case!).

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  8. Love the hat – it almost makes me wish I had some ‘under 10s’ again πŸ˜‰ I loved those little lacy scarves you made last year and lots of other things but no need to enter me into the giveaway .
    p.s. How much of that Rose and Hubble fabric did your friend buy – the whole bolt?

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    • You could always size it up for hubby, lol:) Those scarves were last year’s labour of love I recall. There must have been four metres in the length she gave me, but I have no idea how much of it she used before!


  9. Happy 2nd Blog anniversary! I really do love the camper van fabric and I confess I headed off to read about the tunic again when I saw it. But please don’t enter me for the draw – I’d only ruin the fabric.

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  10. Happy Blogaversary!! That hat is too cute! Makes me want to make more as I have that campervan fabric somewhere in my stash too πŸ™‚ I liked your Keyhole Top from the mag pattern.

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  12. Happy Blog anniversary. Time sure goes fast.
    I still adore the green velvet coat with the red lining. Gorgeous!

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  13. I love that hat! I made one (tried to make one) for my little boy when he was a baby. I must have made the seam allowance far too big because it refused to go on his head. He does have a massive head though.
    My favourite project is the knitted hats with the giant fluffy pompoms. I must try and find some of those for next winter.

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  14. I really love how he just went away and whipped up some shorts! That is fab! So is the hat πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your second bloggiversary! I’m not entering the giveaway this time around…still got too much fabric in my stash…if there is such a thing!

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  15. He’s gonna look one cool dude on his jollies! My favourite thing you made is my sewing box! My second is the green velvet cost and my third is my pin cushion! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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  16. I like the One Hour Ikea bag and the Old men’ shirts tent! Your son is cool! He can whip up his own shorts! I wish I could do that too!

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    • Both were great projects to make and I know the tent is being well used by the family that won it. My son hasn’t taken the shorts off yet, he is actually wearing them again as I type:)


  17. Thanks for sharing the hat pattern.

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  18. This hat is great but my favorite is the teepee project!

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  19. My favourite has got to be the Alpaca pom pom hat which I duly got my mum to shamelessly copy x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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