This spring, I was surprised when an innocent-looking mole I had turned out to be a basal cell carcinoma. It was a reminder of how important it is to protect ourselves from the sun. Wearing a sun hat is one way to do this, along with sun screen, etc. I thought that by personalizing and making hats for children from fabrics and colors they liked, they would be more inclined to wear them. The result was sun hats for both Belén and Eloise. After doing some research for a suitable pattern, I came across a great book entitled Children’s Sun Hats that contains 20 different projects for hats for lots of different occasions.
Apparently, the author, Gill Stratton, has always loved hats and attended the London School of Fashion to learn how to make hats. The book is well written with clear instructions and fun and innovative ideas.
The girls picked out their fabrics. Belen chose two coordinating prints in brown and pink and Eloise chose two prints with her favorite color… PURPLE! Here she is modeling her new sun hat.
And, of course, I had to also make a hat for her big sister, Belén, as well. Belén spent quite a bit of time choosing a variety of buttons to adorn her new sun hat.
It was so much fun that I decided to make a few more hats, including…
If you would like to learn how to make a sun hat, I will also be teaching classes on how to make Sun Hats at the Quilt Crossing (see page 8 of the newsletter for more details). The class is called Sun Hats for Boys and Girls and the next class is scheduled for Monday, July 21, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
These hats are very versatile and fun to personalize and they also provide good protection from the sun for children. Of course, with a few minor adjustments in size, they can also be worn by adults.
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year.