Wednesday, September 9, 2009

DIYWed: Grampa's Punkin' Hat

I just came up with a 9/9/09 resolution. I, Sashi, vow that I will wear more hats out of the house. Cross my heart, hope to get hat hair. I mean, I have several hats floating around the house that will randomly wear... around the house. Occasionally I do venture out with my head covered but usually not. I've always thought my head was too round and small and felt hats accentuated this fact.

But, dammit, I love my hats!

In fact, I refashioned what I call an old man's hat to something a little more fun. I am weird about putting someone else's hat on my head but I found a nice brown one on clearance at KingSizeDirect a while back. (They don't have it anymore, unfortunately.)

This isn't the exact hat but it's close:

The first thing I did is cut the threads inside the hat to remove the brown ribbon. It was glued in a couple of places so I also VERY GENTLY pulled the ribbon and feather off of the felt hat. If you go slowly, you will barely notice where the glue had been.

Once the hat was nekkid, I decided to use a pink belt I had gotten at a thrift store.

I pried the metal clasp off the end of the belt and cut the belt off just past the first set of grommets before wrapping it around the hat to get an idea where I want to cut the belt. I left about a 1/2" allowance which I overlapped with the other end and sewed a running stitch to create a band. I slid it over the hat to make sure it still fit and then cut off the overlap. I used the piece I cut off the original end of the belt to cover my seam. It worked out that the grommets all lined up!

As you can see in the picture above, it also left a nice place to stick one of my Shana Logic buttons. :)

I put the new band on the hat and basted it in place along the top of the band with bright pink thread again.

And here is the finished product!

I love that I can change out the button as the mood strikes me as well.

This pic is just for fun. :P

Hmm... I wonder if I can get away with wearing a hat to work the next time I have a bad hair day...

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