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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I promised instructions on how I made my hat. It was easy and I think anyone can do it.
You will need:
muslin--about one yard
black paint
thread
Stiffy
a compass or dinner plate to make circle
cinnamon and spices for grungying
old coffee from this morning
fall picks, sunflowerk, raffia, etc

The first thing I did was make my circle on the muslin. My circle is about 15". You can use a compass, a large dinner plate, how about the cardboard insert from the pizza you had last night! Be creative, and make the circle the size YOU want it. Then I cut out a triangle on the fold. Mine is about 15" tall and about 7" wide at the base. Sew down the open side of the triangle...LIGHTLY stuff it. You want the stuffing loose so you can shape it later with Stiffy. Another option is to stuff it as you please and don't scrunch it up--leave it straight and tall.. After I sewed the seam I pressed it as well as I could and turned up 1/4" on the base side. I then pinned the triangle to the brim, adjusting so it is even all around and positioned in the middle. I then sewed it all around. I suppose you could also use your glue gun--why not? Here's how it will look...


The next step is the fun part. Mix a bit of black paint, coffee, and maybe some vanilla...paint onto hat. Cover ALL of it, especially the edge of the brim. Set it on a cookie sheet w/wax paper. Dry in your oven (set at 235ish) It's okay if it gets scrunched up while drying...adds to character. When dry, paint on a coffee, cinnamon, vanilla mixture. This will "grungy" the hat, I also sprinkle cinnamon directly on the hat. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Follow your instincts. I always think I'm not doing it right, but it ALWAYS turns out great. Dry in oven. When dry paint w/Stiffy, scrunch up and down...however you like it...it helps to pin the hat until dry...you can air dry or dry in oven. I did not Stiffy the underside of my hat..you can if you want. Be liberal w/the Stiffy stuff. :) When done it's time to add the picks, flowers, etc. Arrange to your liking, Glue w/glue gun. That's all I did. Now you try yours :)
posted by Shari Kraft @ 10:24 AM  
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