Hand made presents are the best. And while I am not the greatest seamstress, I love making things for my friends and family. I think most people love getting something that was hand crafted. I made this rather bright hat for my friend Anne's birthday. She was about to leave for a sunshine holiday (what a good idea!) and I thought it would be good to toss in a suitcase.
It is from a free downloadable pattern on Martha Stewart using Fine Feathered in Pomegranate by Anna Maria Horner. It's reversible, so I lined it in this, making it even more "colourful". I will say the Martha pattern isn't very easy to follow and the downloadable instructions are missing the last page so I actually just used the pattern pieces and followed these directions for a similar child's hat. They were great.
Anne is a good sport and posted proof that she wore it! Happy Birthday Anne - I hope you're enjoying that sunny spot.