If you’ve ever wanted to make something out of your old jeans, this is the tutorial for you. So, grab a pair of jeans, some scissors, and sewing supplies because we are making a bucket hat out of old jeans!
Make a DIY Bucket Hat From Old Jeans
Tools and materials:
- Bucket hat or online pattern
- Measuring tape or ruler with string
- Sewing machine
Make your pattern
If you don’t have a measuring tape, take a regular ruler and measure out your string. Do this by tracing the shape with the string, marking off the end, and then using the ruler to measure the length. Repeat this again with the bottom brim of the hat. Finally, measure the top of the body for the size of the hat's top. Once you’ve collected all your measurements, trace and cut them all out onto a brown paper bag. (To create your pattern using your splash and spread technique, check out the video at 1:38).
Cut out your fabric
After cutting out your pattern pieces, place them on your jeans and pin them in place. It is important that your fabric be precise, so make sure you follow the pattern carefully. Remember that for all pieces other than the circle (that makes the top of the hat) you will need to cut two pieces (or once through both layers of the jeans). In the end, you will have two brims, two bodies, and one circle.
Build the hat
Place the two brim pieces and the two body pieces together, right sides touching. Pin in place. Next, sew a one-inch seam allowance along each pair's shorter sides - connecting the pieces. The next step is the most difficult one - attaching the circle top to the rectangular body. Start by placing the circle over the body and pinning the circle on four sides. Make sure to align the pins with the side seams. Finally, sew the top in place, making sure to avoid lumps to keep the top from getting bumpy.
Add decorative stitching
Using an edge stitch, or thick wide stitch, stitch along the body of the brim to create the detailing. Simply sew in a straight line all the way across the brim a few times to create the decorative stitching.
Finish the hat
Try the hat on and measure the length of the body. If like mine, yours was too long, take some scissors and cut off any excess. Next, pin the brim of the hat to the body and sew it all around using the same pinning and sewing technique from earlier (when we attached the top to the body).
You can add any patching and detailing you want at the end and really make it your own - I went for the jean label. Not only does this make it fun and unique but it can also cover up any mistakes and/or messy stitching - an added advantage!
- Bucket hat
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
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