How To Make A Bucket Hat Sewing Machine

How to make a Bucket Hat Sewing Machine

For many fashion designers and hobbyists, creating unique clothing using a sewing machine is the ultimate goal. With so many machines available on the market today, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. One of the most popular items of clothing to design and create is the bucket hat. This hat is a useful accessory for a variety of styles, from casual to formal, and is perfect for spring and summer weather. But how exactly do you make a bucket hat on a sewing machine? This guide will walk you through the process step by step, from preparation and gathering the materials, to making the cut and finally stitching it all together.


Before beginning, you will need to gather all of the materials you will need. This includes a sewing machine, a half-yard of fabric, thread, scissors and a marker. For more detailed instructions, a bucket hat pattern can be found online to help with measurements. Additionally, you may also purchase a brim curve, which is a curved clip that helps to shape the brim of the hat. The chosen fabric should be cut and folded, then placed inside the brim curve.

Lay, Cut and Mark

The next step is to lay out the fabric on a flat surface and then use the scissors to cut the shape of the hat. It is important here to make sure that all cuts are either on the straight grain or the bias of the fabric. This will ensure that it lies nicely when put together. After the placement of the fabric is established, use a fabric marker or tailor’s chalk to draw an outline of the hat onto the fabric, before proceeding to the next step.

Stitch the Pieces

Using a straight stitch, sew along the markings of the fabric. If a seam ripper is available, use this to help create the opening that will be used to insert the brim. On the other side of the fabric, sew the seam of the hat together, then turn the fabric inside out and press it with an iron. The hat should be ready for the next step.

Create the Brim

To create the brim of the hat, choose a fabric that is lighter in weight than the main hat fabric. Cut two strips of fabric and place them together, with one side overlapping the other by half an inch. Sew these pieces together along the open edge, then use the brim curve to shape the fabric. Once satisfied, pin the brim of the hat onto the front of the hat and stitch them together. The final step is to turn the hat inside out and press again.

Attach the Straps

To give the hat a finished look, it’s time to consider attaching straps. To do this, cut two strips of fabric measuring one inch in width and thirty-six inches in length. Place the straps onto the back of the hat, with the open edge facing out. Zig-zag stitch the straps in order to secure them in place. The hat should now be completed and ready to wear.

Adding Accessories and Finishing Touches

This is the fun part! To add flair to your hat, consider adding accessories like fabric flowers, patches, or even buttons. These small decorations will make the hat truly unique and reflect the wearer’s personal style. Additionally, it might be helpful to add a label or branding to the hat, as well as a tag to provide care instructions. With a little creativity and some basic sewing skills, you’ll be able to make fashionable and practical bucket hats for yourself and others.


Bucket hats are fashionable, fun and easy to make on a sewing machine. With a little preparation and some basic sewing knowledge, sewing a bucket hat is a simple project that almost anyone can do. And when you’re finished, you can show off the results of your hard work to a delighted audience!

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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