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. *** Join the Lee & Pearl community: LIKE us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl); FOLLOW us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LeeandPearl); JOIN us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl); and WATCH us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl) *** Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of FREE pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual FREE MEMBERS ONLY PATTERN. In 2016, that's Pattern #1035: Ola Brasil! Samba Top, Bahia Dress, Baiana Headwrap and Jewelry Tutorials for 18" Dolls a collection of Brazilian-themed patterns, inspired by American Girl GOTY Lea Clark, and also by past and present Brazilian fashions, Brazilian music, and the Afro-Brazilian traditions of Bahia, Brazil. *** This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed. This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl design credit in the description of those items. Thank you! Lee & Pearl is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl or any other company or organization. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY The Bush Hat or "Boonie" is rated INTERMEDIATE for curved seams, topstitching, bias tape edging, hand basting and occasionally recommended hand stitching. As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make construction as easy as possible. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Please be aware that 18 inch dolls can vary significantly in their measurements. These patterns were developed on a Mattel-era American Girl(r) doll, and will fit differently on different dolls.