If anyone loves hats as much as I do, they’ll get the same amount of joy as I did from my latest creation. This project is super quick and easy, something to do while you’re sitting in front of the television!
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of lovely hats around the city. My friend from work Eunice had an especially nice one that she had embellished and I felt quite compelled to do the same myself – so for the record, this wasn’t totally my idea.
On my way home from work one evening I stopped into Daffy’s discount store (I was looking for gloves, FYI they have a great selection for really low prices) and I stumbled upon a hat that at first glance looked pretty cheap. I could see though that it had a great shape and could easily be dressed up.
The next day I went to M&J Trimming to purchase some feathers and ribbons for about $10. Anyone who lives in the city must go to M&J and the trimming district at least once. Within a few blocks radius there is a number of stores that specialize in materials from buttons and beads to trims and textiles. With a little bit of thread, I stitched the ribbon and the feathers on and voila! A chic and fashionable hat!
It’s a must try!
Want more details on the How to? Keep reading.
- After removing the leather strap, I wrapped the 3/4″ width ribbon around the base of the brim. I placed the seam where the feathers would cover it, on the side.
- Next I sewed on my feather pad – it comes exactly as you see it at the store. There are many other styles of kinds of feathers too! I chose to place my larger feathers heading towards the back of my head. I think they’re more streamlined that way. If you like the way this looks you can finish here or you can take it one step further, which is what I did.
- I decided this hat needed a little bit of bling, so I added a Trifari brooch that I found at Brimfield this summer. This is just pinned on so it can be removed. *Since making this hat I have actually ordered a brooch from Etsy that is brass with pearls – looks a little more vintage and suits the peacock feathers better. Then, you’re done! If you really feel bold feel free to add even more feathers, similar to my inspiration hat. Good luck!