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. Claire - Matching Pegs
    September 10, 2012 | 1:48 am

    Wow – Toddlers to Adults, that is fantastic.

    I would love to make a hat for my eldest daughter. At 12 she is starting to find her own style and have pretty firm opinions on what she likes, and I would love to keep encouraging her to do that via homemade stuff.

  2. Pixie
    September 10, 2012 | 2:32 am

    I’d make a hat or two or three for lovely L who wears one all day everyday, because now the brain tumor is gone, but the nasty scar means her hair is growing wild and she looks great in hats.

  3. Lisa
    September 10, 2012 | 2:54 am

    I would make sunhats for the whole family, we are coming into summer here in NZ and our sun burns big time!

  4. YC
    September 10, 2012 | 2:57 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. I would make a ton for baby/toddler gifts!

  5. Lee
    September 10, 2012 | 3:37 am

    The snuggle hooded scarf looks so cozy! I would for sure make this first for my college daughter who attends GVSU – tons of lake effect snow, ice and wind from Lk, Michigan. She would really love it! thank you!

  6. Yana
    September 10, 2012 | 3:39 am

    Would love to sew hats for my husband, different! He is always wearing something the same year by year:)

  7. Robin
    September 10, 2012 | 4:04 am

    I would make some hats for my niece and nephew for Christmas.
    This book looks wonderful, thank you.

  8. Lee ETTA
    September 10, 2012 | 4:17 am

    Hello Everyone! What a great Monday. I would make these hats for the girly girls, my two grand daughters, Amanda and Autumn. Great news about the sizes…they have big heads! Love your blog. Blessings, Lee ETTA

  9. Rebecca
    September 10, 2012 | 4:18 am

    I’d love to make a hat for my dad with ear flaps. So when he goes outside in the winter to fetch wood for the fire, his ears can stay warm!

  10. Gill
    September 10, 2012 | 4:39 am

    This looks a great book!
    I’d like to make a hat for my daughter!

  11. Heather in Montreal
    September 10, 2012 | 5:36 am

    I made a fleece beany for my partner over 15 years ago and added some fun and funky details. She loved that hat so much and still wears it getting compliments every time. Only problem is that it looks shabby to me and I would love to replace it with a new one, but I cannot find a pattern – must have gotten rid of the old one. This book would provide me with one that looks very similar!

  12. Kathie L
    September 10, 2012 | 5:37 am

    If I give this book to my daughter, she’d be sure to make a hat for herself. She loves them, and would love this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. jill
    September 10, 2012 | 5:43 am

    I would love to make myself and my daughter the cloche.

    I collect hats and wear them all the time (unruly not-quite-straight-but-not-curly hair goes well with hats), so I would love this book.

  14. Johanna
    September 10, 2012 | 5:54 am

    I am trying to get the kids in the habit of wearing a hat while in the sun. One is getting to the age that she doesn’t always want to wear a hat though. I had a small spot of skin cancer (it is all gone now) and I don’t want them to deal with that. This looks like a great book!

  15. MC
    September 10, 2012 | 5:59 am

    I love hats, would totally be making them for myself :)

  16. elsa
    September 10, 2012 | 6:03 am

    My son has always been a hat wearer since he was a little boy ~ he even worked in a hat shop called Arth in Costa Mesa, CA. They imported hats from Japan.
    He’d be the one I would make a hat for and I’m sure he’d wear it!

  17. Willa Mcneill
    September 10, 2012 | 6:08 am

    I would make a hat for ME!
    And the girls in my life…..daughter, 2 nieces.

  18. Lauren aka Giddy99
    September 10, 2012 | 6:19 am

    I’d definitely make a hat for the husband, but I would try to make a snuggle scarf for myself (hopefully there is an adult-sized one)!

  19. Angela Crompton
    September 10, 2012 | 7:26 am

    I would make a hat for myself, and not for selfish reasons. I went to the dermatologist back in June because I had a place on my neck that concerned me. Turns out it was a skin cancer. I want to make several hats for myself to keep the suns rays off me – and I want to make them in fun seasonal prints!

  20. Joyce
    September 10, 2012 | 7:52 am

    I would make a hat for me! Or, maybe 2 or 3. And, then, when I got the hang of it – I would make some hats for other people.

  21. Jan
    September 10, 2012 | 7:56 am

    First, I’d make a hat for myself, to see if I can!

  22. freakadoodles
    September 10, 2012 | 8:00 am

    I’d make winter hats for my kids. This looks like a fun book!

  23. Chelsea
    September 10, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I would make a hat for my sister-in-law. She is awesome and loves stylish things. Then, I would see if she wanted to have a hat-making party with this book. My daughter would get the next hat. =)

  24. Jess
    September 10, 2012 | 8:08 am

    This book looks great! I’d make a hat for my dad first. My last attempt at a hat for him didn’t work out so well. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Vicki K
    September 10, 2012 | 8:08 am

    I’d like to make the Downtown Hat for my cousin who is outdoorsy and intellectual and unique – and he works Downtown.

  26. Sonia B
    September 10, 2012 | 8:08 am

    I love making hats . . . this book looks amazing. My 2-year-old loves to wear hats, but his rapidly growing head always requires new ones. Thanks for the chance!

  27. Peggy
    September 10, 2012 | 8:24 am

    I’d like to make a hat for my adorable grandson!

  28. Suzanne
    September 10, 2012 | 8:45 am

    I’d make one for all my kids :) What a great book!

  29. Erin M.
    September 10, 2012 | 9:07 am

    I need a new sun hat and so does my 16 mo old, he’s got a big head and all the chin straps don’t reach any more!

  30. DianeY
    September 10, 2012 | 9:15 am

    My grand kids all love hats! I have a couple of go-to patterns, but I really could use some new one. I’ve never done a Winter hat, and really like that fleece one you showed.

  31. Jody
    September 10, 2012 | 9:34 am

    I’d love to make some hats for my girls (almost 2 yrs and one who’s 4 years)…thanks for a great giveaway!

  32. Debbie H
    September 10, 2012 | 9:50 am

    I would make hats for all of my family members. And some for me!

  33. Jenny
    September 10, 2012 | 9:56 am

    What a cool book! My little boys have tons of hats, but not many they’ll keep on their heads…so I’d like to make that hat/scarf combo and TIE it on. Wonder if there’s a summer version…

  34. Renae
    September 10, 2012 | 10:26 am

    I have 3 daughters who all love hats, but the middle one is probably the most likely to request one.

    Looks like a beautiful book. Can’t wait to browse.

  35. Emily L
    September 10, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The quick snuggle scarf hat looks awesome and easy to make! I would love to make a ton of these for Christmas gifts this year. :)

  36. Cheryl
    September 10, 2012 | 10:39 am

    I need to make a new gardening hat for myself because my current one is faded and used to be a pretty robin’s egg blue. When I’m finished with that, I’m going to make my nieces and nephews some cool hats for Christmas.

  37. shae
    September 10, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Me! We just moved to NYC and I don’t have any for the cold winter ahead.

  38. Diana
    September 10, 2012 | 10:53 am

    My grandson needs a new hat for the fall so that who I will make it for. Neat book, thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Rebeckah
    September 10, 2012 | 11:09 am

    I would make one for my dad :)

  40. Debra H
    September 10, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Congrats on the contribution to the book Kathy ! Can’t wait to see it in person !

    I would make a hat for everyone in my family ! hubby, myself, my 6 year old son, and 22 month old daughter. But first of all for my dad who is turning 75 years young this Friday!

  41. Mary
    September 10, 2012 | 11:18 am

    I’d make a new hat for me!

  42. Heather
    September 10, 2012 | 11:25 am

    I have a great friend, Sarah, who wears hats all of the time and would love to make one for her.

  43. Gina S.
    September 10, 2012 | 11:31 am

    What a great book! Love the part where you just look at a pic and page number. I would make one for my dad.

  44. DeniseMarie
    September 10, 2012 | 11:37 am

    I would love to make that downtown hat for ME! And the snuggle scarf hat for my nieces. So. Cute.

  45. Christy Coy
    September 10, 2012 | 11:48 am

    I’d make hats for both of my children!! And also, for myself, because it’s hard to find hats that fit my giant head and look good.
    christy at coypond dot net

  46. Jennie P.
    September 10, 2012 | 11:59 am

    I would make a hat for me!!!!

  47. Diane W
    September 10, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    I’d like to make a hat for myself. The last one I made didn’t fit!

  48. Sharonnz
    September 10, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    Master Seven is a huge hat fan. We are just coming into his favourite summer baseball cap weather but I’d love to whip him up something different.

  49. Jillishness
    September 10, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    My daughter and I were both lamenting the loss of our big floppy hats last month when we were at a folk music festival.
    These would be the first hats made from the book.

  50. Lindsay Kemp
    September 10, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    My 3 year old daughter LOVES hats! I also have curly hair, so don’t do hats, but she unfortunately didn’t get the curls so can pull off a hat with pizazz. She’s regularly “borrowing” various dress-up hats from the costume box at daycare, so I would love to get started on a collection of her own.
    Thanks for the opportunity!