The finished dress from my last post was screaming that it needed a matching hat. I found a free pattern for this one on Prudent Baby.
Did I make changes? Of course I did. The pattern is designed so that the hat can be reversible, but I decided I wanted something at the top of the hat when it was finished. It needed more cuteness. My fabrics on each side were so similar that I decided to go for it. I put a fabric yo-yo on top:
I also wanted ties which the pattern didn't have. Since I originally planned for this to be reversible, I decided on buttonholes with knotted silky cording. You can see in the photo below that you can pull the cord to have the knot on either side. Does that make sense? You knot both ends of the cording. Then you can pull the ties so that one of the cord's knots will be on the outside when you reverse it and one will be at the loose end.
Make sure the buttonholes are tiny--big enough for the cording to get through, but not for the knot. I made a few practice ones and tried it out. You all know that you need to put some tape on the ends when you cut it to keep it from fraying, right? The stiffness of the tape is really helpful in getting the cording into that little buttonhole, too. I'm going to try thin fabric ties with knotted ends on the next one. I think that would look great, too.
In retrospect, I think I should have put the buttonholes up a bit higher. That would allow the sides to flare out a bit more for sun protection.
All in all this is a great pattern--soooo easy and cute even without the yo-yo really. If you read through the comments on the Prudent Baby post, you will get some idea on sizing. The pattern can be enlarged or reduced to fit your needs.
Now don't they look just perfect together?