Friday, 27 January 2012
Oliver + S Bucket Hat - Free Pattern and Review
This is the first Oliver + S pattern I have tried out and I love it! It is well written, easy to understand and makes a great finished product that is true to size. It's funny that I say true to size, I actually had to make the size 3 - 5 years, even though Roman is only 15 months. That is because his head measured up for the 3 - 5 years size. That boy has one big fat head! The health nurse tells me it means he has a big brain, but I think she's just trying to make me feel better.
I was cruising Sophie's beautiful blog, roubidou when I came across the pattern. It is worth testing out and you can get it for free here. I deviated from the pattern a little bit and skipped the hand stitching, just carefully machine stitching the last piece into place. I also added eyelets so that I could add ties to the hat, but still keep it reversible.
This was another stash busting project too...gotta love a project that doesn't cost you anything. For the inside of the hat, I used an old business shirt of hubby's and for the outside, I used scraps leftover from making Roman's fitted cot sheets, stamping the bikes onto the fabric. I think next time I would use fabrics that are a little more heavyweight, as the hat is a little bit floppy, but nothing terrible.
For the stamping, I used some VersaCraft ink. You can pick up these ink pads for a couple of dollars and the ink can be set permanently with the iron. I got 2 impressions from each inking of the stamp, so tried to make a bit of a pattern, with a row of black bikes and a row of faded bikes. I'm really happy with the result.