you, like the author of this book, have a child that does
not want to wear a sun hat? Give them a look at the fun hats
in here and they are sure to decide otherwise! With wise advice
concerning getting the children involved in choosing the fabric
and trim for the hats, this is a book that is sure to be useful
to anybody who ever makes anything for children.
As with the other titles in this series this is love-to-sew,
not learn-to-sew, so basic sewing skills are taken as read.
The first part of the book gives you a crash course in basic
hat-making with measuring heads, sewing on a brim or a peak,
making crowns, stitching it all together and adding a lining
dealt with briskly and remarkably effectively. You might need
to know how to sew but millinery skills are not needed before
you open this book. The projects themselves are mostly for
babies and children up to 8 with plenty for each sex and many
tastes covered. There are hats for a new baby, visors, peaked
caps, a pretty floppy dress hat suitable for a formal occasion,
explorer;s hat, a pirate hat and even a foreign legion style
one to keep the sun off the back of the neck. Some of them
are even made by recycling old clothes such as jeans, a dress,
shorts and a shirt which gets my approval for green crafting.
Each project is laid out with what you need in the way of
materials and tools and there are instructions in the form
of words mostly but with a staged photo or two to help you
along. On the opposite page is a full-page photo of the hat
being worn that you can show to the child in question for
their approval. When I was younger children were thought to
be made of asbestos and hats were not required (!) but I would
have had a ball wearing some of these (and not getting sunburned
into the bargain). A very useful book…can we have one
for adults too please?