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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 + S  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!