The Bush Hat (or "Boonie," as it's affectionately called in the U.S. military) is a fabric hat with a flat crown and brim. First worn by Australian soldiers during the First and Second World Wars, the Boonie became popular with American soldiers during the Vietnam War, and remains popular today. And with good reason - soft enough to roll up and stick in a pocket, but wide enough to protect the entire head from the sun, the Boonie is just about the most perfect casual hat.
Like the military-issue originals, hats made from our Boonie pattern can be accessorized with eyelet vents, an adjustable chin strap for stability and twill tape "branch loops" to hold camouflaging vegetation - or anything else your 18" friend might want to tote along on a hike. Our hat can be worn with the brim down in soft, floppy curves, or pulled up to hug the sides of the crown for a rakish profile. You can even attach one side of the brim to the crown with a small snap for an authentic Down Under look.
Of course, your 18" friends won't have to enlist to wear this hat! On the beach, in the woods, at Summer Camp, on a photo safari, at a favorite fishing spot - or even just lounging around the yard - this hat looks great on every doll and in just about any ordinary cotton fabric you can find.
Our Boonie's brim features spiral topstitching and a neat bias tape edge. The crown is fully lined with separate, ever-so-slightly smaller lining patterns for a perfect fit. The adjustable chin strap is easy to make with purchased cord - or you can follow our directions to make your own cord out of easy-to-find embroidery floss. We've even included directions for making a bi-colored cord for a perfect color-coordinated look.
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Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on ...
Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on Pearl Street in creative West Los Angeles, California.
Rebecca Menes ("Lee") is a PhD economic historian with a background in business as the proprietor of The Vintage Cookie. Rebecca is also the homeschooling mom of a wonderful eight-year old, and she lives on Lee Street in historic Alexandria, Virginia.
Elizabeth and Rebecca grew up touring the Eastern United States with The Dragon Marionettes puppet company. They have worked on theatrical scripts, props and costumes since their teensy fingers could hold pens, hammers and needles.
Rebecca and Elizabeth – Lee & Pearl – would love to make sure other children have as much fun with imaginative play as they remember having.