No Pattern Bucket Hat

Pam Oduor
by Pam Oduor
7 Materials
2 Hours

To put it plainly, bucket hats are just fun! I had been wanting to make one for ages but I just never got around to it. The other day, I found an old, torn bucket hat in my house and I thought, why not take it apart and use it as a template to make a new one. I love that I could make a cute bucket hat without the hassle of making or using a pattern.

Tools and materials:

  • Old bucket hat
  • Fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
Bucket hat

Take apart an old bucket hat 

In the first step, I used a seam ripper to deconstruct the old bucket hat so that I could use the pieces as a template for my new one. 

How to sew a bucket hat

Cut the fabric 

Next, I pinned the deconstructed pieces onto my fabric. 

Women’s bucket hat

I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut to get all the pieces I would need for my bucket hat. I cut so that I had the outer pieces and all the lining pieces as well. 

Sew the pieces together

Sew the hat together

The first thing I did was sew the side pieces of the hat together. I then marked center notches on the side piece and on the crown and matched up the notches. I pinned the crown in place and sewed. 

DIY bucket hat

Attach the lining 

I repeated the same for the lining. I then went ahead and attached the brim to both the outer and lining fabric. 

How to make a bucket hat

I placed the lining, inside the hat, right sides together, and matched up the seams. 

Easy bucket hat

After pinning on the lining, I sewed around the edge of the brim, leaving a small opening so that I could turn the hat right side out later. 

Sew a women’s bucket hat

I turned the hat right side out and then folded over the lining by the opening and sewed it closed. I pressed the seams to get them nice and flat. I decided not to add lines across the brim but if you prefer that look, go ahead and add them! 

Make a bucket hat

I am so happy with how this DIY bucket hat turned out! It was so simple to make and the best part was that I didn’t even need a pattern! Share your thoughts on this DIY project in the comments below! 

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Suggested materials:
  • Old bucket hat
  • Fabric
  • Lining fabric
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  • Dina Dina on Mar 07, 2021

    My heart is in it but my energy is yet to get there.I have it planned out in my head.I want to embroider it.I will do it soon. I still think your taking apart the other hat was a good way to do it. I have an old one and I may take a pattern off of that one.I promise I will send you my version. Hope you are well and making hats. Dina Osullivan.

  • Pam Oduor Pam Oduor on Mar 08, 2021

    Still waiting for it😁. I am well😅😅😅 not making hats though 😄.