Every ten or so years, the bucket hat seems to make a come back in fashion and trendy streetwear. With each life cycle, the style is tweaked, and it somehow resumes a completely reinvented aesthetic. If you do not know about this trend, this article does a far better job at explaining the background that I can:


The current trend of bucket hats, much like hipster shirts, use bold contrasting colors and bizarre patterns. The fabric patterns are usually either a repeating pattern of a small image, or a print that I would be likely to find on the throw pillows at my grandma’s house (I am only half kidding).  I immediately thought that it would be fun to try and replicate these patterns using candy wrappers. I settled on using Starburst wrappers, Super Bubble gum wrappers, Capri Sun juice pouches (a classic DIY up-cycle material).

In addition to eventually having a not-so-stylish bucket hat, I am also hoping to use this project to learn how to sew.

Obligatory picture of Rihanna looking better than Justin Bieber in a bucket hat 




Here is my progress so far:


The easy part.


In order to flatten the wrappers, I ironed them under a cloth on low heat.


Starting to get a pile of flat wrappers.


Drying Capri Sun pouches after cutting out the bottom panel so I could rinse them.


Cardboard patterns to create the top circle and brim pieces.

In the coming days I will begin to sew the wrappers together along the edges in order to create a larger piece of “fabric”.

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  • David Holliman
    January 31, 2016 11:17 pm

    Looking forward to the final product. I think the choice of starbursts, bubble gum, and capri sun wrappers meshes very well with the stereotypical bucket hat styles. Also interesting to consider what other materials you could implement.

  • Jason Mcgrath
    January 28, 2016 8:30 pm

    Neat idea and great chance to learn to sew. The Capri Sun packages have a straw if I recall. Are you planning on using the straws in the design? It would be interesting to see if perhaps other drink pouches could play into the design somehow. I just hope you don’t get a belly ache from consuming all that wholesome fruit juice.

  • Great plan! Did you take one of the sewing workshops in Idea Forge?


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