Oliver + S Bucket Hat Pattern Review- With a Crazy Twist!

With the warmer weather here, I’m a little behind on summer clothes for our boys. This season has definitely sneaked up on me! So, I’ve been eyeing some patterns to get me through the transition from long pants and sleeves to shorts and t-shirts. With this summery season upon us, the sun’s rays are something I need to keep an eye on especially with fair-skinned little boys. So, that led me to the Oliver+S reversible hat.

I had the pattern printed and went to grab my fabric choices. With three boys, I usually have quite a stash of boyish prints and solids ready for the next project. My only problem is that after a while that stash begins to diminish (while the girly prints seem to be growing for some reason- maybe time for me to stop buying all those irresistibly cute flowers and bows for a while :)). Anyways, I had a huge pile of small scraps from recent projects for the boys which I decided were taking up too much space and needed to go!

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I decided to make some fabric from all my scraps and give it a crazy quilt look. Never crazy quilted? It’s loads of fun and very therapeutic, in my opinion. It’s also a break-the-rules kind of quilting where you don’t need to measure (or you can…if that’s your thing!) and you can just sit and mindlessly sew. Don’t know how? I’ll try my best to explain…and if you would rather watch a video to get the concept, Jenny from Missouri Star Quilt Company does a really great job of it here  (I love watching these videos and how down-to- earth normal Jenny is!).

(Just a note- I skipped the interfacing that the pattern called for because I had extra weight due to the crazy quilting.)

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1. Cut your pattern pieces out of scrap fabric (this will be your background fabric). Cut around the pattern pieces with an extra 1/2 inch.
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2. Cut your first piece of scrap fabric and lay on the background fabric. I cut mine roughly and made it 5 sided.
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3. Grab another scrap piece of fabric and lay it on one of the 5 sides. Pin in place if desired.
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4. With a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch a straight line along the 2 scraps of fabric.
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5. Flip over the 2nd piece of fabric and press.
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6. Grab a third scrap of fabric and repeat numbers 4 & 5.
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7. Repeat all the way around the first piece of fabric until your pattern piece is covered.
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8. Trim extra bits of fabric in your seam allowances when needed to reduce bulk.
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9. This is the finished pattern piece waiting to be trimmed up.
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10. Trim your fabric by pinning your paper pattern on top and trimming the excess.
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11. When all of your pattern pieces are crazy quilted, finish the hat following the directions provided.

And here’s the end result :

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Pattern Review:

Sewability: I thought this pattern was well put together! I’m definitely planning on making more hats for the boys in the very near future. I love that it’s a quick project that can be done while the kiddos are sleeping.

Skill level: I would recommend this pattern for those with a little sewing background. That being said, it’s a very easy project for adventurous beginners. Plus, Oliver+S has a great forum on their site if any questions arise while in the middle of sewing their patterns. For example, I was thinking that I wanted to add straps to the next hat I sew and there were some helpful hints on their site on how to do just that!

Overall review: Great pattern! I’m definitely recommending this one for any and all that are interested! Great pattern to see what Oliver+S has to offer.

Price:FREE! You can’t beat that!

 

Scrappy Saturday Sewing: Quilted Hotpads

I had scheduled this post for last week Saturday…and it didn’t publish..so better late than never 🙂 !

So…with three little ones running around my house not much is decor magazine quality in my house. My furniture takes a good beating from time to time because they’re used by all the members of the household…including our sons. Don’t get me wrong, my husband and I aim to teach our boys to respect other people’s property, including our own. But, until they’ve completely learned that lesson, our home is a battlefield and our furniture ends up losing from time to time!

Our living room table is a good indication of what I am talking about. It has numerous scrapes and scratches, but, to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way because every scratch on that table I count as a badge of honour. Our children are growing up right before our eyes and the furniture shows the wear and tear of three little boys…OUR three little boys.

Anyways…after that ramble, for those who would like to preserve their living room table to not look like three little boys have played hard on it, this next project is for you! And, although my table looks well loved, I still like to have something pretty to put on it from time to time when guests come over for tea or coffee!

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This is a great project for some of the little scraps of fabric you have lying around that most people would have thrown out. But…not you (or me for that matter) because you never know what you can make from that pile of fabric goodness.

I had some spare half square triangles lying around from another project which I wanted to use. They measured 1 7/8 inches when they were trimmed up. So I grabbed some other coordinating fabrics and cut a few 1 7/8 squares to give me this block.

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After the block was assembled, I added a border around it to get a 6 inch square.

I cut a 6 inch square of backing fabric and batting and 2 1/2 inch strips for the binding.

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And after straight line quilting the block and binding the edges…you are left with a nice mug rug or coaster or mini quilt.

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So satisfying to know that these were just made from scraps!

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