Coincidental to our upcoming fabric-of-the week contest theme of hat patterns, we were recently sent a copy of Hat Shop, a new book all about hats to sew compiled by Susanne Woods. To me, this is project sewing serendipity because the onset of spring always sends me on a hat hunt. After a long winter spent indoors keeping warm but getting pasty, it's great to get out to walk, work in the garden, and chase the kids while they scooter down the street, and I need a hat to keep the sun off my tender, un-sunned scalp and face. Until now, I've always leaned towards straw hats but this book is making me reconsider. I don't think I quite realized how many different styles of hats were sewable–great news for me with my big old head that's hard to fit!
My favorite adult style–and a timely one for this warm, sunny spring–is the classic sun hat pattern created by Dory Smith Graham of WorthyGoods. It's big and floppy, and you can fold up the brim for brunch or put it down for a sunny gardening day when you need more shade. If you're more likely to sew up a hat for a kid than for yourself, though, there are plenty of good patterns for little people, too, including a super-cute, three-eyed monster cap created by Spoonflower's own Drea Roman (aka, Ttoz). There are also some good-looking hat projects for guys and some fascinator patterns that have inspired an unprecedented crafting craving in my teenage daughter–really, this book pretty much covers our entire family's hat needs!
If you find yourself in a hat mood this season, too–and Southern Hemisphere folks, there are winter hats in this book as well–just make a comment here or on the relevant Facebook post for a chance to win our advance copy. (Hat Shop hasn't been officially released yet so you'll be able to see and sew from it before anyone else!) As always, leave your Spoonflower name or other identifying info in your comment so that we can track you down easily if you're the winner, and do let us know what you think the perfect hat is, too. Entries close next Tuesday, 4/24 at 7pm EST, and we'll announce a winner on Wednesday. This giveaway is now closed and we'll be announcing a winner shortly.