Seersucker Shorts and a bit of Stubbornness

I have to say I am so glad to have run across Celebrate the Summer Boy! Even though I had plans to quilt and make some pillowcase dresses, this was the perfect opportunity for me to actually make some of the boy things I have had on my to-do-list!

Last night I made these seersucker shorts for the kiddo!

I didn’t use dana-made-it’s tutorial for Kids Pants with Pockets (hence the stubbornness, but more about that later), but it did inspire these!

I wanted bright yellow pockets, but I didn’t have any yellow fabric, so we ended up with orange. Which ended up pretty cute!

So the stubbornness thing…. I don’t know why I am so stubborn. I don’t mean to be… I just am. Yes, I admit it, I’m stubborn. So last night as I was making these, I wanted to do the flat front, which I totally know how to do, but I confused myself…. Now how easy would it have been to just look up another of Dana’s tutorials, the Kids Pants with Flat Front, and read it??? But no, I went back and forth with a few different ways to do it before I finally settled on my way.

Oh, and back to the pockets. Again, the stubborn thing. I had seen Dana’s tutorial and wanted to make some. But I didn’t need a tutorial for the pockets. So what did I do??  I made the pockets my way last night and then went and read her tutorial today! hehehe….

Tonight I’m thinking about making more shorts or some ‘underpants’ as my son calls them. He’s still in diapers, but wants underpants. I’m taking that as a good sign. Any suggestions???

A Summer Bucket Hat with Tutorial

Remember that old shirt and pile of scraps from yesterday’s teaser? Well, say Bye Bye… Those are no longer just an old shirt and a pile of scraps! They have come back to life as this adorable reversible summer bucket hat for the kiddo!

This was supposed to be completed before we went to the beach.. But it didn’t quite happen. I had planned to have it done and write you a tutorial, but…. So then I got excited about the Celebrate the Boy Summer Edition and decided this was going to be my first project! Imagine my surprise when it was Rae’s first project of the week too! I promise I wasn’t copying, just a funny coincidence!

I’m really excited about it! I made the pattern and figured out the process all by myself. Not that it’s a hard project at all, but… It came together just right on the first try. And it fits! Too bad I can’t get the little guy to model it for ya. He just wasn’t in the mood for pictures this morning. But we both agree that we like the plaid side best!

It’s so very simple, just a bit time-consuming with the pinning. (Honestly, I’m not a fan of pinning. I try to avoid it at all costs. But the perfectionist in me knows that sometimes the extra time is worth it!)

And the tutorial…

Summer Bucket Hat Tutorial






Step 1: Print the pattern. The pattern fits my 2.5 year old with a large head! I measured another of his hats (I always get confused about exactly where to measure his head, so I just measured a hat!) and got a circumference of 20.5 inches. Download the pattern here. Cut the fabric. The pattern includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 2: Sew the two sides together. Topstitching, optional… Repeat for the inside and outside fabrics.

Step 3: Pin the top to the sides, right sides together, and sew. Repeat for the inside and outside fabrics.

Step 4: Pin the rim to the sides, right sides together, and sew. Repeat for the inside and outside fabrics.

Step 5: Pin the two sides together, right sides together, and sew. Leave a hole to pull through. Notch the fabric to help it lay flat.

Step 6: Topstitch the edge of the rim. I continued with more top stitching. Lastly topstitch at edge of sides.

Done! Simple! Lovely! Are you ready for a picnic???

If you make one from my pattern, please be sure to add a picture to the Feelin’ Crafty Flickr page!