I like to wear hats, especially in the spring and summer. I usually have one on when hiking, and doing car shows to keep the sun out of my eyes. I really adore the hats on Downton Abby, and I wish that hats would make a comeback for daily wear. I have about a half dozen that I regularly wear, and one of them was just getting really sad. Replacing a hat isn’t easy these days as they are not inexpensive anymore, and finding that perfect shape and size isn’t easy either. This one started out as a straw color a few years ago with some kind of embellishment that I cannot even remember. I removed that, painted the hat white and added the patriotic ribbons and white roses. I have worn it a number of times over the summer patriotic holidays for the past few years.
But, it has seen better days. The paint has flecked off in a lot of spots, and I am tired of the embellishment. You can see brown spots all over it. And it is not easy to find hats that fit well and are just what I like, so the best thing is to give this one a makeover.
So, I decided what I wanted to do, and gathered white spray paint, red tulle, and new white geranium flowers.
First up, remove all the old ribbon and roses. This wasn’t too hard as I hadn’t gone overboard with the hot glue. I cleaned up all the old glue, and removed as much of the flaking paint as I could by brushing it with a stiff brush outside.
Then, it received a new coat of white. I did two light coats of white spray paint on both sides.
I let the hat dry completely overnight, then I made a bow with the red tulle, using four layers so the color would show nicely.
I measured around the crown, and cut another length of tulle four times that measurement plus a few inches.
At the back, place a blob of hot glue and embed the end of the tulle in it. Let it cool.
Wrap the tulle around the crown firmly four times, and hot glue in place. Cut off the remaining tail of tulle.
With more hot glue, fix the bow to the center back of the hat at the bottom of the tulle band.
Spread out the bow as you like.
With a bit more hot glue, place the first flower on the band in the middle of the bow.
Add two more, filling the space evenly. Clean up any little glue strings.
Allow the glue to cool completely before wearing. Voila, all done.
Pretty and ready for summer, patriotic holidays, and other days too since it isn’t red/white/blue anymore.
Do you wear hats?
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And in 2017…