Best of Summer with A Jennuine Life!

We are approaching the end of Best of Summer, but don’t worry–we’re going out with a BANG this week! Jen, of A Jennuine Life is here today to share her new Camper Hat pattern with us. It’s FREE and perfect for summer! I’m so amazed with this, Jen. I can’t wait to sew one myself! 
Hey there, Caila Made readers!  I’m Jenn from A Jennuine Life.  In the words of my four year old daughter Arden, I am “super excited” to be invited to participate in this series.
The pattern I’m here to talk about isn’t one you would have seen previously, as I’m going to be a bit presumptuous and offer my own pattern and tutorial for you.  I have an Etsy shop Jennuine Design that I began to make and sell “simply sweet creations for tiny people” and I’ve long dreamed of offering my own patterns for sale.  It seems natural that sharing some free patterns would be a great way to gain experience, build interest, and hopefully even gather a pool of pattern testers.

This little hat is loosely based on the sailor’s caps we were given each year at summer day camp while growing up.  We would complete skills and earn “patches” that the counselors would draw around the brim.  It’s perfect for girls or boys ages 2T – 5T, and it is even reversible for two hats in one!  Sewing time is minimal – under an hour for sure and with practice I was whipping these out in about 30 minutes.  There are two methods for finishing the hat which I share in the tutorial, but the simple design lends itself to all sorts of creativity and embellishment – piping, trims, color blocking, mixing patterns, adding straps, etc.

The pattern is available here, and the instructions here or the tutorial is posted at A Jennuine Life.  I hope you enjoy this fun, simple pattern and I’d love to see your versions if you make one (or two or three)!  Feel free to sell finished hats made with this pattern, just please give credit for the pattern to Jennuine Design or A Jennuine Life.  Come and visit at A Jennuine Life to see more sewing, crafting, DIY or whatever else I decide to try!

Thanks for having me, Caila!


Jen, this is so great! Good luck with the new designs you’re working on–I can’t wait to see more! And thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a VERY big day. Hint: it may involve a new dress-in-the-works, birthday candles, and people singing to me. See you then! 🙂


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    Jen, these hats are SO ADORABLE! I can’t wait to sew one myself. Thank you so much for participating in the series!