Stay Cool With This Diy Sun Hat
Create a summer staple Sun Hat with a simple woven placemats. It's cheap and cheerful - you can't go wrong!
I needed a sunhat with a wide brim and when I nipped into my local grocery store and saw the placemat, I thought I could create something out of it. The material is very identical to a hat I already owned.
I started by unravelling the placemats until I have enough circumference left to form the crown of the hat.
Then I took it to the sewing machine to start working on the crown of the hat.
I overlapped the strands, placed it under the needle so that both strands are caught when sewing. It could be useful (easier even) to use a zig zag stitch but I used a longest straight stitch settings on my machine. The needle is a universal 90.
To form the curve, I flipped the crown of the hat up towards the sewing machine and I pulled the strand a little tighter when sewing. Then I continued to sew until finished using the first placemat. It was just enough to complete this part of the hat.
Next I started work on the brim of the hat
I started by overlapping the second strand of the placemat to where the first one ended and I continued sewing. This time I sewed flat to allow the brim to take shape. I continued until I was satisfied with the width of the brim
I stopped after adding the third placemat. The brim was wide enough for me at that point.
I then cut out a piece of lining material for the sweatband and sew it to the hat. This is very much optional.
I also added a few accessories to the outside of the hat.
I glued on a one meter rope using a hot glue gun and made a bow out of a net fabric.
And this is the final result! I think it's beautiful even if I do say so myself. Bring on the BBQs! I think I will be making more of this in different colours.
If you have any of these placemats lurking around in the house, why not turn them into a beautiful sun hat :)
How to reshape a straw hat
- Woven Placemats (Grocery Store)
- Rope (Craft Store)
- Net Fabric (Online fabric Store)
- Lining (Stash)
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