How to Decorate a Bucket Hat to Make a Cute Denim Patchwork Design

Meera Kaneria
by Meera Kaneria
5 Materials
25 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to decorate a bucket hat with scraps of denim fabric. I saw a distressed denim bucket hat on Pinterest, I thought it looked really trendy, and I wanted to have a go at creating one myself. So here we go!

Distressed denim bucket hat inspiration

Tools and materials:

  • White bucket hat
  • Scraps of denim
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Fabric glue
Cutting pieces of denim

1. Cut the denim pieces

Start by taking your scrap pieces of denim and cutting different-sized rectangles out from them. You want a range of different colors and shades of denim. Having this variety of colors and shapes will make the patchwork effect look its best.

Using tweezers to distress the denim

2. Distress the denim pieces

Take your tweezers and use them to rip the edges of the rectangle to give a distressed look to your design. Here, I’ve removed the dark blue threads from the edges of the rectangle, and I’m left with the white threads.

Do this on all sides of the rectangle. Repeat this step on all of the other denim rectangle pieces.

Gluing the denim pieces to the bucket hat

3. Stick to the hat

When you’re finished distressing all of your denim scraps, take your bucket hat and arrange the pieces onto it. You want to arrange it so that pieces in the same color are not touching one another.

Before working with fabric glue, I’m going to place some newspaper inside the hat so that the glue doesn’t seep through and get inside the hat.

Next, attach the rectangles onto the hat using fabric glue. You don’t want the distressed edges to be stuck onto the hat, so you just need to apply the glue to the center part of the rectangle only. Repeat this process all around the hat.

DIY denim patchwork bucket hat

How to decorate a bucket hat tutorial

Here is the finished denim patchwork bucket hat. I decided to keep the top part of the hat as it was and only place the distressed denim patchwork around the rim.

I love the contrast that the different sized and colored pieces provide. I also like how the distressed sides aren’t stuck down, so they add more texture to the hat. Try this DIY out for yourself, and let me know what you think!

Suggested materials:
  • White bucket hat
  • Scraps of denim
  • Scissors
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