Sewn Hats Blog Tour + Book Giveaway

I’m extremely excited to be sharing the book Sewn Hats. Besides having a project included (woohoo!), it’s just an AMAZING collection of hat designs. Credit goes to Carla Hegeman Crim for pulling together a wide range of collaborators into a cohesive volume of well-illustrated, comprehensive, and fashion-now hats to make.

The impressive list of contributors includes Alexia Abegg, Mary Abreu, Bari J., Melissa Averinos, Jacinda Boneau, Lisa Carroccio, Jess Christian, Kim Christopherson, Jaime Morrison Curtis, Joanna Figueroa, Shelly Figueroa, Jennifer Hagedorn, Linda & Scott Hansen, Karen LePage, (me), Kaari Meng, Heather Niziolek, Dolin O’Shea, Jennifer Paganelli, Pillow & Maxfield, Irene Rodegerdts, Anneliese of Aesthetic Nest, Vonnie Shaffer, Melissa Stramel, Betz White,  Patty Young and Carla Hegeman Crim.

When’s the last time anyone talked about the Table of Contents being the most amazing thing EVER? Well, this one is. A picture of every hat in the book with page numbers in the corner.

Somewhat related side story: my grandmother gave me the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook just over 25 years ago. It’s my go-to basics, how-to-cook-anything cookbook. My favorite part is the front section where there’s a picture of EVERY dish with page numbers. When I flipped open Sewn Hats and saw the Table of Contents I immediately thought of my beloved cookbook! So practical. So visual. So Perfect!!!

When asked to contribute a design to Sewn Hats I immediately knew I’d do a visor.

My house overflows with curly girls and let’s just say hats and curls are not a match made in heaven. I discovered early in my life that visors were the way to go. You can wear them under hair just as easily as over. There is no top. Curls know no bounds! They need LOTS of room to do their thing.

Now I need to talk a little bit about Carla Hegeman Crim. She publishes a popular and extensive collection of downloadable patterns under her label Scientific Seamstress. She also collaborates with Jennifer Paganelli on the Sis Boom clothing patterns for children and adults. If you’ve ever made one of Carla’s patterns then you already know what I’m about to say.

This woman is a certifiable sewing wonk, technically advanced, pattern-writing-machine genius! Carla leaves no sewing stone unturned. The thoroughness of her illustrations and construction steps will leave you breathless. Exaggeration? Maybe, but I’m a bit weird that way too and when I come across someone that can create a sewing pattern that breaks it down both visually and in words with such easily understood accuracy I’m in awe.

The 35 designs are presented in multiple sizes- generally XXS (toddler) to XL (adult). The Liesl Cloche by Mary Abreu of Confessions of a Craft Addict is one of my favorites. Lots of room for curls to spill out!

Included are hat designs for warm weather, cold weather, vintage, fashion, and costumes. Whether made with quilting cottons, canvas, wool or fleece, there’s something for every occasion. I love this Fleece Beanie by Jennifer Hagedorn of Tie Dye Diva Designs.

There are hats for girls, boys, men and women. I LOVE that many of the designs will work equally for both genders. The Downtown Hat by Lisa Carroccio of Domestic Diva’s Disasters is a great example.

Yes, want this. For me. Thank you Carla for providing sizes baby to adult.

Sewn Hats is an amazing volume of patterns for constructing casual, every day hats using materials we all have readily available. The who’s-who line up of contributors creates a diverse offering of stylish designs. Combined with Carla Hegeman Crim’s talent for pattern instruction, detail and illustration, it’s a must-have book for making handmade hats.


Leave a comment telling me who you’d like to make a hat for. Wiley Publishing is giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner. Winner will be selected on Friday, September 14.

Winner announced – congratulations to Sandy A in St. Louis


Visit these other stops along the blog tour for more chances to win:

9/4 –  Scientific Seamstress

9/5 –  ModKid Boutique

9/6 – French General

9/10 – Pink Chalk Studio (yay, you’re here!)

9/11 –  Lulu Bliss

9/13 – Green Bee Patterns

9/14 – Goosie Girl Boutique

9/17 – Melissa Lilac Lane

9/19 – One Girl Circus

9/20 – Tie Dyed Diva Designs

9/21 – Figgys Patterns

9/25 – Craftiness is not Optional

9/26 – Bari J.

9/27 – Confessions of a Craft Addict

9/28 – SisBoom

10/1 – Sew Mama Sew

10/2 – Aesthetic Nest

10/3 – Blue Nickel Studios

10/4 – Betz White

10/8 – Yummy Goods

10/10-  Wiley Craft

92 Responses to Sewn Hats Blog Tour + Book Giveaway
  1. Libby
    September 10, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    I would make a hat for my soon to be 4 year old granddaughter. She loves hats…she sees a hat section in a store/shop and we have to stop ant try them on and so darn cute! (Just never the right color as everything has to match, and she’s only going to be 4 years old.

  2. Jenny
    September 10, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    I’d make a hat for my 3yo. And for me. Hmm, maybe for my baby, too. Is that too many? 😉 Thanks!

  3. Sally H
    September 10, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    I like to make fabric hats for baby boys (right now grandson of a friend), as I found it hard to find sun hats for my son when small.

  4. Katoe
    September 10, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    I love making hats, one of my favourite things to make! I make them for all 6 of us in my family.

  5. alexandra
    September 10, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    I would make hats for my little boy and myself

  6. Erica
    September 10, 2012 | 2:52 pm

    I’d make the hats for my family. Looks like there are lots of choices.

  7. Ann Sulin
    September 10, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    I have the curly hair thing too! Would love to make me or my “straighter” hair daughter one.

  8. Samantha
    September 10, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    So excited that this book is coming out! Our family is blessed with the genes for big heads and hats at the average store never seem to fit us. So I would love to be able to make hats for anyone and everyone who would like a hat! :-) That cloche that you pictured above is too cute and that might be my first project. So sweet.

  9. Louanne
    September 10, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    Since I have a large head – and enough hair for two – I would like to make a hat for me. That acutally fits!

  10. usairdoll
    September 10, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Oh gosh! What darling hats! I’d love to make my grandson a hat. He’s 22 months old and loves hats.

    Thank you and Wiley Publishing for a great giveaway and a chance to win a neat book.


  11. Kimberly
    September 10, 2012 | 5:10 pm

    I would make a hat for myself. I can’t find off-the-shelf hats because my head is big.

  12. Fran
    September 10, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    I’ve never made a hat ! Sounds like a project …
    & a fun one too ! I guess I should start with me
    as the guinea pig …..lots of choices ….what a
    great book !

  13. Susan
    September 10, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    I would totally love to make a hat for myself, regular women’s hats don’t fit me because I have really thick hair. This book looks like a lot of great patterns!

  14. Sandy A in St. Louis
    September 10, 2012 | 6:50 pm

    I’d love to make a couple of hats for my aunt. I’d make them out of fun fabrics to cheer her up.

  15. Carmen
    September 10, 2012 | 7:33 pm

    I’d love to make several hats for my daughter – she looks so cute in them!

  16. Margo
    September 10, 2012 | 8:04 pm

    I would love to sew a hat for my son, and then one for me!

  17. Karin
    September 10, 2012 | 8:11 pm

    How very fun! I think I just might make hats (not matching!) for our whole family!!

  18. Tanya Holt
    September 10, 2012 | 8:32 pm

    I’d make a hat for my mum, who lives outside in her garden in the harsh Australian sun- and could do with a bit of sun protection style!

  19. Rosemary
    September 10, 2012 | 8:35 pm

    This hat book is the “cat’s meow!” I would love to make hats for my fair skinned family members who need to protect themselves from the sun. My niece has two very fair toddlers that love to play outside and need to wear hats to protect them from the sun. I almost always wear a hat when going to craft fairs and my family is now used to it, but for a long time they’d make fun of me wearing hat. Now with this book I can make them for myself instead of depending upon what is commercially available. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  20. Carole M
    September 10, 2012 | 9:36 pm

    I would like to make a hat for my daughter! And then my son, and then my husband…

  21. Jen
    September 10, 2012 | 9:56 pm

    I have 3 little girls. I think each of them could use a new hat! Looks like an amazing book!

  22. Kathryn
    September 10, 2012 | 10:39 pm

    I would make one for a family friend’s daughter.

  23. place zabaw
    September 11, 2012 | 4:32 am

    Thaks for this post it helps me lot!

  24. Anja
    September 11, 2012 | 7:30 am

    Right now I’m not happy with my book. It does not contain the patterns.
    An the site on the web, where I should find them, is not available.

  25. Hilary
    September 11, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    I’d love to make the Downtown hat for my nephew – only I’d tell him it’s a “Casey Jones” train drivers hat!

  26. Amy C
    September 11, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    One for me and one for my husband. I need one desperately to keep the sun off my face so I don’t get any more migraines and my husband has a huuuuge head so we can never find one to fit his head so it wold be cool to make one for him too!!

  27. Mama Lusco
    September 11, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    I would love to make a hat for my son. Looks like a fantastic book. Thanks & congrats!

  28. Tina L.
    September 11, 2012 | 9:22 pm

    I would love to make the downtown hat for my husband and another one for myself. Different fabrics, of course.

  29. Wendy
    September 12, 2012 | 7:28 am

    I want to make a hat for my soon to be 2 year old son. He loves hats so much!

  30. WandaFish
    September 12, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Wow, this book looks amazing! With such a huge selection I think I’d start with a hat just for me – I don’t like umbrellas and am fed up of getting rained on!
    Then I wouldn’t be able to resist trying out a couple for my cute little girl :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Mary
    September 12, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    I love hats and would make a new sunhat for me and maybe new hats for my boys!!

  32. B J Elder
    September 12, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    My granddaughter Bailey would be the recipient of hats…. and me, too. I love hats and with my “fair” complexion I am rarely in the sun without one. What a wonderful book and tour!

  33. Jenny
    September 12, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    I would make one for myself.
    My head is big so it is hard for me to find a nice hat that fits AND looks great.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  34. Hueisei
    September 12, 2012 | 6:54 pm

    My son and husband! Thanks!

  35. Mary
    September 12, 2012 | 10:45 pm

    I’d like to make my hubby a downtown hat. Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. Sally
    September 13, 2012 | 4:37 am

    I have two grandsons who are just about 3 and they both amaze their mothers by loving to wear hats. I’d make a hat for each of them and maybe one for their mothers as well.

  37. erin
    September 13, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    I love wearing hats…so I will make one for myself from the pattern in this book…yay !!!

  38. Maria do Carmo Pezzuto
    September 13, 2012 | 8:41 pm

    Sou brasileira e aqui o sol e o calor racham,gostaria de fazer para família e principalmente para o meu casal de netos,meu marido só usa bonés,que geralmente são de e com alguma propaganda,pneu,canos de pvc etc..Obrigada pela chance,quem sabe eu ganhando não faça também alguns para venda,eu posso?

  39. Deb
    September 14, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    My daughter…who is a real hat person!

  40. Amelie
    September 14, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    I’d probably make lots of them – for my baby daughter, her play friends and cousins, myself, and so on. I love hats and can’t wait to see the book.

  41. sandyandcosmo
    September 15, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    I would love to make a hat for my granddaughter!

  42. Faith
    September 16, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    I’d make hooded scarves for all my walking buddies – winter’s a coming’!! Thank you. Faith.