About my sun hats
All my sun hats for babies, toddlers and children are made by hand with love in my home studio in Austin, Texas. I like to think of sun hats as being both adorable and functional. To that end, I take great care in creating my sun hats for little girls and boys, matching up a variety of 100% designer cotton prints. The cotton I use is high-quality and durable and all my hats are pre-washed to avoid shrinkage and are machine washable. I hand craft each hat with care and love.
My name is Summer (an apropos name for a sun hat maker, no?) and I’ve been sewing since I was a girl and I began by sewing clothing and costumes for myself. In junior high and high school I moved into the theatrical realm and learned to create costumes for the stage. My love of costume design and construction continued into college where I worked in the costume shop at the University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance. There I honed my craft learning advanced sewing techniques and pattern drafting. After college, I continued sewing clothing and costumes for myself, while focusing on other career pursuits. When my daughter was born in 2008, I quit my job in the computer industry and began sewing clothing items for her. I found that I loved making hats for her and they were receiving a lot of compliments around town. Friends were asking me to make hats for their kids and Little Baby Bat was born! I’ve been sewing little sun hats hats ever since. (And sometimes even big ones for grown ups!)
Why a bat?
I chose a bat to represent my business for several reasons. First, when I was pregnant with my daughter, we called her “baby bat.” In addition, my home (and thus my business) is here in Austin where we have the largest urban bat colony in the world! We love our bats here in Austin and they play a key role in controlling the bug population during the summer. They are often misunderstood creatures who are so helpful. Finally, baby bats are just so darn cute just like my sun hats for babies!
My workspace and tools
I work out of my home in what is a combination office/sewing room. My cutting table was built from several pieces from Ikea and was featured on the website Ikea Hackers and has been shared, tweeted and “Pinned” over 2,000 times! For photos and a description of my workspace, visit my blog post about it here.
I own three sewing machines but my primary machine is a Singer 5532 Heavy Duty. I also have a couple of Brother machines that I can use if my primary machine is in for service. My serger is a Simplicy Serge Pro that I’ve had for years and years. The most recent addition to my sewing table is a new iron, a German Rowenta that I’m loving. For cutting, my go-to cutter is an Olfa 60 mm rotary cutter which I use with a 24×36 Fisker’s cutting mat.
Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoy my hats as much as I enjoy making them. Please contact me if you have any questions.