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I'd never made a sun hat of any kind until a few days ago, though I've had the free patterns for these two beach hats for a while now. Both sun hats are in the floppy hat genre.
Both beach hats were quick and easy to make. For the red sun hat, I followed this great tutorial by Novita of Very Purple Person. She shared her creativity with a guest post of her sun hat with the scalloped brim version here. I downloaded the free pattern for this sun hat, taped together the pattern pieces for the floppy brim and started sewing. The floppy brim of the sun hat can be either scalloped or left plain. Since this was my first time making a sun hat, I skipped the scallops, but aren't they fabulous?
The crocheted sun hat was easily finished in one night following this fast & easy step by step on All Free Crochet. I used 100% natural cotton yarn for the hat and a sunny yellow cotton yarn for the crocheted rose attached to the side of the floppy brim. Tipnut generously shares directions for 20 crochet flowers here.
Either of these beach hats can be made easily and inexpensively. A sun hat with a floppy brim also helps protect your face on those really sunny days. Plus, they're just so darn cute! ;) Speaking of cute......a big Mahalo (Thank You!) to Maile for modeling these beach hats. Aloha and Enjoy!
P.S. Beach hats + a good sun screen = beautiful skin!