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Children’s Sun Hats
Love To Sew Series
Gill Stratton

Search Press
3 May 2013 (US 1 June 2013)/ ISBN 9781844488360
How-To Books/Sewing
Amazon US || UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Do 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?

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013