August 2, 2022

Upcycled Denim Reversible Bucket Hat

Welcome to the August Sustainable Pinterest Challenge! This month's theme is Upcycle, so I decided to make another fun denim creation from jeans that my fast growing kids have outgrown. I love crafting with denim, and I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to denim crafts and more called Denim Delights. Last month while creating my Reversible Bucket Hats, I searched through Pinterest for inspiration, and I pinned a few denim bucket hats. One bucket hat pin had belt loops around the middle of the hat, and that was super cute. Another hat that I pinned had pockets and other cool parts of the jeans included on the hat. So I was "pinspired" by these hats to create my own denim bucket hat. And I decided to use the same Reversible Bucket Hat Pattern by Sweet Red Poppy that I used to create my other bucket hats.
I gathered a few pairs of jeans and other supplies including:
Denim/Old Jeans

I cut out the pieces for the hat using the jeans. I started with the brim.

At first, I wasn't happy about having to cut piece with seams for the brim. But after sewing the brims together and adding the lines, I actually think the seams from the jeans look fine on the brim.

I decided to use the top portion of a pair of jeans for the middle section of one side of the hat.

For the middle section of the other side of the bucket hat, I cut the belt loops off two pairs of jeans and sewed them on to the fabric for the middle section.

For the top of the hat, I decided to use a pocket and a little patchwork on one side, so I sewed some denim squares together.

Then I cut them into a circle using the pattern template.

The other side of the hat has a back pocket on top.

Sweet Red Poppy uses sewing pins, but sewing clips worked better for me, especially when preparing to sew the top to the middle.

I must confess that I had a helper. We recently welcomed a new kitty into our home, and he helped with ironing the fabric and pressing the seams. His official name is Miso (like Miso soup). I named him that because our other kitty is named Maki like the sushi🍣, so I had to keep with the food theme.😁 Even though is name is Miso, I started calling him Tyrone... and then Timothy. He looks like a Timothy to me. If we adopt more pets in the future (far, far future), I think I'll give them regular people names. My parents have a cat named Roger.

Anyhoo... Here's one side of the hat with with the belt loops around the middle. I thought the other side of the hat would be my favorite, but I really like this side.

There's a big pocket on top of the hat.

The other side of the hat has a lot going on! There are several pockets, zippers, buttons, and belt loops.

I included the zippers and buttons from a couple pairs of jeans on this side of the hat, and while sewing over the zipper, the needle broke and hit me on my lip! 😱 I'm okay. 😁 


Here's the pocket and patchwork on the top of the hat.

I really like this brim.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my Upcycled Denim Reversible Bucket Hat. If you'd like to make your own, check out the Reversible Bucket Hat Tutorial Video by Sweet Red Poppy. ↓Please scroll down to check out the upcycled creations by the other Sustainable Pinterest Challenge participants.↓

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  1. T'onna, this is fabulous! I didn't know I needed an upcycled denim hat in my life but clearly I do!
    I had a bucket hat as a kid and it had a little zip up pocket on the side. I loved that "secret" pocket and always kept 20p in it for the phone box (I am quite old!) which I would then spend on sweets by mistake! All the pockets and details on this remind me of that old hat that I loved so much.
    I'm sorry to hear about your zip/needle accident though, good thing it didn't ping near your eyes. Who knew sewing could be so dangerous?

    1. Thanks! I love pockets, so I made sure to include several pockets from the jeans. I have had a needle break before, and it hit my glasses. I need to wear a whole face shield when I sew with denim that still has the metal rivets, buttons, and zippers. lol

  2. That turned out great, didn't it? I agree about how nice the brim is, and love the belt loops. I could see adding embellishments like beads, etc. to that part. Our cat's name is Bob. When I was growing up all the cats were named Gomer for some reason, hahaha.

    1. Thanks! I have some really cute beads that I've been saving for the perfect project. Maybe I'll make another denim hat and include them.
      We had several dogs name Buddy and Trouble when I was a kid. And we had a cat named Chase and a dog named Chase. We really needed to help with naming the pets. lol

  3. T'onna, you are too much! Your hat is so cool and creative! I've been blown away with your crochet creations - now, it's sewing fabulous hats! Your talent never ceases to amaze me! Btw, I would have loved to see you model this hat! You would have looked stunning in it!

    1. Thanks so much, Gail! I thought about taking a few pictures of me wearing the hat, but I don't take pictures of myself often. I'm always taking pictures of my projects, my kids, and my cats. lol

  4. Your hat is adorable, T'onna! I have quite a bit of denim saved and this is another project to add to my list of things to try. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Ann! Crafting with denim is so fun. I can't wait to see what you create!

  5. So cute!! I like denim and it's so cool to have a denim hat that nobody has. Great job, T'onna!

  6. Super cute bucket hats! The pocket and patchwork tops of both hats are awesome!

  7. You did an amazing job on your project. And you gave it so much character in all of the little details like the pocket and the belt loops. I don't sew but I can certainly appreciate the work it takes. So adorable!

  8. Oh my word! I love this hat. My dad would have loved this for fishing. All those loops, a pocket and places to place a jig.

    1. Thanks, Terri! Oh, this would be such a handy fishing hat! Great idea! I should make a couple more hats and send my hubby and son on a fishing trip. :-)

  9. Fantastic work on the hat!!