Tulip Petal Sun Hat ~ Pattern and Tutorial

Posted by lindsayW on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Tulip Petal Sun Hat
Size 2-5 years
Free Pattern & Tutorial

Course Instructor: Lindsay Wilkes from  The Cottage Mama  ( www.thecottagehome.blogspot.com )

Fabric Line: ' Sunny Happy Skies ' by Bella Blvd for Riley Blake Designs
Course Materials:
1/2 yard each of two different coordinating prints - 100% cotton fabric
1 large button
1 small button
Basic Sewing Supplies
Pinking Shears (optional)
Tulip Petal Pattern Piece (found HERE )
Course Instructions:
5/8" Seam Allowance, unless otherwise noted.
Cut your pattern pieces.  You will need six for the exterior fabric and six for the interior fabric.  Cut four 14" x 1.5" long rectangles for the tie.
Place two of the petal pattern pieces with the right sides facing each other.  By right sides, I mean the printed side of the fabric.  Stitch along one side.
The above picture is what your stitching should look like.  
Press seams open and trim seam allowance with pinking shears or clip the curves to remove any bulk and help the seams to lay flat.
Now add a third petal piece to the first two that you sewed together.  Place with the right sides together and stitch together on one side.
Press seams open and clip curves or trim with pinking shears. Do the exact same thing with the other three exterior petal pieces.  You wil end up with two large pieces that have three petals each.
Place the two, three petal pieces with the right sides together and stitch according to picture above.  Basically, you are going up and over the top of the hat.  Press seams open.
Follow the above instructions for sewing the lining pieces together.
Place two of the strap pieces with the right sides together.
Stitch down both long sides and one short side, leaving one short side open for turning right side out.
Clip the corners to remove bulk and to help the corners lay flat.  Trim down the seam allowance on the sides before turning right side out.  I did not do this here, but it would have made my strap pieces lay a little nicer.
Use a long stick (or, in my case, a thin paint brush) and push the side that you sewed together up through the rest of the long tube until you can pull it right side out.  Work corners out and press.
Follow the same instructions for the other strap.
Now place your exterior fabric pieces and your lining fabric pieces with right sides together and pin around the edge.
Place your straps inside the hat with the raw edge lined up with the raw edge of the hat.  Place each strap on the opposite side of the hat in between one of the scallops and in between the exterior layer of fabric and the lining layer of fabric.  By doing this, you will catch the straps in the seam and they will be positioned correctly with no exposed edges once they are turned out.
Stitch all the way around the scallops, but leave a 2"-3" opening for turning right side out.
Clip in between all of the scallops.  Make sure to clip very close to the seam (just be careful not to clip through it) or the hat will not lay flat when you press it right side out.  Also, clip the excess seam allowance with pinking shears or notch out the curves to help the hat lay flat.
Pull the fabric through the small opening to turn it right side out.
Use your iron and really press out each of the scallops so it lays nice and flat around all of the curves.
Hand sew the small opening that you left around one of the scallops.  Do this in coordinating thread.
This is an optional detail, but you can layer a small button on top of a large button and hand sew it to the top of the hat.
I like the little button detail, but you could add any trim you would like to the top of the hat.  A fabric yo-yo would look great or a little fabric bow would be really sweet.  
If you choose to not add any trim to the top, your hat will be fully reversible!!
This is the perfect little hat for a day at the beach or a playdate in the park.  You can easily size the pattern piece up or down by adding or subtracting from it in 1/4"-1/2" increments.
And since I made this little hat, I couldn't resist playing with this gorgeous fabric and making some coordinating looks for my girls.........
Come on over and visit me at  The Cottage Home ( www.thecottagehome.blogspot.com )
for a free tutorial on how to make the 'Happy Day' Big Bow Dress later this week!
Also, for additional children's clothing patterns, please check out my website, The Cottage Mama ( www.thecottagemama.com ).

Categories: Accessories, Apparel


  1. Great tutorial! Thank you. I can't wait to try the little hat!
    by Liz
    May 31st, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
  2. wow amazing! beutful girls, beutiful fabrics and cloze, i jest love everything you make! you are an inspiration, thank you
    by yael
    July 18th, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.
  3. What a lovely hate. Would it be possible to get the pattern modified for a younger child? 6mnth-1yr? Thanks!
    by Eels
    February 15th, 2013 at 7:24 p.m.
  4. Can you post the final dimensions of the hat? My daughter just turned two, but has a very large head. When I buy hats they have to be kids size 4-6x and even then they barely fit. Thanks!
    by Natalie
    April 04th, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
  5. I got to your page from Stumbleupon, what a joy to see this adorable hat. Have you ever tried it with a light interfacing? It might make the petals work more as a sunshade. Time to get on on the machine. Thanks
    by Jean Layton
    June 30th, 2013 at 5:37 p.m.
  6. I made a couple of Tulip Petal Sun Hats for my twin girls and they came out great! The girls look totally adorable in their hats and it was so much fun to get to do some sewing (two 9 month olds keep me very busy... lol) I even had a lot of fun fuzzy cutting out my fabric so that the hats came out almost as kaleidoscope pictures! Thanks for a beautiful design, the free pattern and a great tutorial!
    by Jenny
    September 10th, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

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