Tulip Petal Sun Hat Pattern and Tutorial

Tulip Petal Sun Hat

Size 2-5 years
Free Pattern & Tutorial
Click HERE to download the free pattern piece.

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.

Press seams open and clip curves or trim with pinking shears.

Do the exact same thing with the other three exterior petal pieces.  So that you 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.  Press seams.

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.
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.
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 1/2″ 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………
Tulip Petal Sun Hat FREE Pattern and Tutorial from The Cottage Mama. www.thecottagemama.com

FREE Girls Sun Hat Sewing Pattern from The Cottage Mama

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  1. Love this sweet hat! 🙂

  2. Love this sweet hat! 🙂

  3. I have a obsession with hats! I have only made the bucket type sun hat since I only have a son…but now with a baby girl on the way, I will be trying this petal hat. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Ohhhhh this is adorable… I love the colour teal. Your design is so pretty and makes me wish I had a little girl to dress. lovely blog post. I would LOVE IT if you would consider linking this blog post up to my Linky Party — It’s called ‘Sunday School’ and it’s meant for blog posts just like this one… A tutorial. I choose my favourite and give you a BIG shout out next Sunday. 🙂
    Jennie. Xx

  5. Thanks for the tutorial, a great hat

  6. Love this hat! Way too cute. I think I will try this for my almost 2 year old, hopefully she will keep it on (even with the strap). God Bless!

  7. I think I’ve said this before, but I wish you were my mom when I was little! Your girls are always dressed in gorgeous combination! And thanks for the tutorial -it’s a sweet sweet hat.

  8. Just adorable!!

  9. So beautiful! Love the hat and the dresses you made for the girls! Thanks for sharing the hat pattern. ♥

  10. Love it so much! Thanks for sharing. I had to smile, because I just bought this same fabric (but with pink background) last week for a hoop art custom order I was making for a friend. Such an adorable print, and great choice for a hat.

  11. I do love this hat Lindsay! So stinking cute, I love how it looks scalloped on the border – and could totally be reversible! So cute

  12. THank you for sharing.
    I love all your work. It looks so neat!
    I might try this one for our new baby….

  13. These designs are so lovely and so are the little girls. The hat is adorable, too!

  14. I just wanted to say thank you very much for the hat pattern, as a novice your instructions were super easy to follow and I will definitely be making this again, my little girl looks adorable in it.


  15. This looks like just the ticket! I printed the pattern, and it just seems a little large, and I’m wondering if it printed the right size. I did print it at 100% scale, but wondering if you have a measurement I could check to be sure (maybe length from the point to the bottom of the petal?). Thanks!

    • Hi Tonie,

      Well, the pattern piece should fill up almost the whole page. The seam allowance is 5/8″ so it will shrink down considerably when you put all the pieces together and line the hat. Hope that helps!

  16. Terri Young says

    Darling hat! Am going to try it for my granddaughter. Where did you get the material(s) for the hat? Those are both adorable and would really like to find some like that. Thanks

  17. Anonymous says

    thanks for sharing.

  18. Firstly, thank you very much for sharing. I have made this sun hat and it turned out so cute and nice. I just cant imagine I can do it as I have very little knowledge of sewing. So far this is the fifth hats I have made so far.

  19. Sarah Helene says

    SWEET AS CAN BE . . . your colorful Tulip Petal Sun Hat tutorial! I love the multi-colored floral fabric print with turquoise & white print lining as well. Directions are precise and photos are FAB. PLUS DARLING photos of your little girls. Lots of LOVE sewn into these outfits! Sarah in Minneapolis

  20. Thank you for this adorable pattern! I love it 🙂

  21. Oh so cute. I found you on Frances Suzanne free pattern round up party. If my daughter likes this, I’ll be making one for my granddaughter that lives in the tropics. Thanks for the cute pattern!

    Joy @ http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

  22. I am working on it now for our granddaughter who live in Florida. You mention to use 5/8″ seam allowance. On the straps, do I trim the seam allowance before I turn it or should the seam allowance be less than 5/8″. It seems to be bulky when I turn it inside out.

  23. Such a sweet little hat! I’ve made four so far for my little nearly 2 year old granddaughter. I had to make the pattern a little smaller for her as the first one I made up swamped her! I just measured her head and divided by 6, added a little bit and adjusted the pattern accordingly. It worked a treat, so now I’m on a roll!
    Also, instead of leaving an opening on the edge of one of the petals, I leave a gap on one of the seams of the lining – so much easier to close than a curved petal edge (and I cheat by machining it shut – it’s only the lining, so it doesn’t matter)
    Thank you so much for this gorgeous pattern, I really appreciate it 🙂

  24. Thank you for sharing this adorable hat pattern. I made one for my granddaughter to go with her Easter dress. She’s a small 7 month old so I reduced the pattern to 80%…worked perfectly. I like Theresa’s suggestion to leave an opening in one of the seams of the lining. That would have been so much easier than shaping the curve of the petal. While I was at Staples making the reduction to the pattern, I also made one at 85% an another at 90%. Now I will have several sizes to sew up. I also want to say that your daughters are just adorable.


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