Have you seen that fabulous sunhat from a particularly fabulous designer on all the other bloggers insta-feeds this summer? I know you know the one I’m talking about, the one with the same note we all enjoy having posted outside the hotel room. The note that lets everyone know your getting a little “me” time, and we could all use a little bit of that.
As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it, it could be my treat for my upcoming beach trip. Unfortunately this “it” hat of the summer comes with a $495+ price tag as it well deserves, sequin embroidered message and gorgeous wide brim. A little beyond (or a lot) my price point for a treat, I decided I would attempt to DIY a hat in a similar style to this “it” item. I should let you know this hat did take a good 8 hours but is easily worked on it shifts while watching�
Summer “IT” Hat DIY
1 Wide brimmed straw hat, preferably with black ribbon brim (I found a steal on one at Forever 21 for $20, similar here– $15)
1 Small pack of black sequins ($1.99 Hobby Lobby), I used medium size but its your DIY 🙂
1 Sewing measuring tape
1. First you want to measure the outside brim of the hat, the total circumference. Take that number and divide it by two. Use the tape to measure out half the circumference around the brim and mark it on each side in pencil. This makes sure you can center the message on half of the hat as the inspiration hat was done.
2. Then turn the hat over and measure it across the hat, like so. This lets me know on my hat for example the width of the brim is about 6in.
3. Then turn the hat back over and decide for sure what message you want to embroider on the hat. I stuck with the “Do Not Disturb” message. This meant I needed 16 spaces (One space before “do”, one in between each word, and one after “disturb”). I then divided my half of the circumference by that number to tell me how much space I had for each letter/space. I made notches for on the middle of the brim to show the width I had plotted for each letter.
4. Then to make sure all of my letters were placed not the same area of the brim I measured from the outside of the brim in about one inch all the way around the hat. You may want to do a bit more or less based on the width of your brim. I made notches in pencil as I measured the inch in to make sure when I wrote out my pattern it was all even. I measured another inch from the inside rim of the hat so I would have a top border for the lettering as well.
5. I then used the bottom and top border, as well as the spacing width borders, proceeded to write out the message I wanted on my hat in cursive. The great part about this is it makes it totally personal because it is your hand writing. If you are not comfortable with that, then use the measurements to create a mock up of the message online, print, and stencil it on. I thought adding my own curly ques added a little personality to my version of my “It” accessory of the summer.
6. Then knot your thread and start stitching in the sequins to embroider your message on to the hat. I’m not very good at hand sewing but I just used a simple split stitch (See instructions for split stitch). I did warn you this is the long part to this DIY but it does save you $465 dollars if your considering buying the original hat and for the rest of us it will make us feel awesome wearing it on the beach.
I mean how cute is this?
Planning to get your own embroidered sun hat now? Awesome, let me know how yours turns out. I’d love to see pictures from others’ hat DIYs!
From our home to yours, happy sunning!