If I had a nickel for every time my mom has warned “the sun is not your friend,” I could retire tomorrow. Honestly. Instead, my closet is full of sun hats, fedoras, cowboy hats, visors, and various other sun shielding apparati. While it may not suffice as an alternative to sunscreen, kudos to Lola Ehrlich for transforming a simple straw hat into a chic stitched fedora and inspiring us to add a little pizzaz to one of our many hats!

Supplies List

Start by cutting the ribbon or band off the hat. Thread the needle with the entire skein of embroidery thread, doubling up on the thread. (Click images to enlarge)

Pull the thread through the back side of the hat, leaving an inch of slack. Stitch from the front to the back and double knot the end of the thread.

Using the brim as a guide, start stitching along the edge of the hat. After stitching a single row, continue stitching a second and optional third row. Tie the end of the thread to the starter knot and trim if necessary.

Pick another color and stitch several rows along the band of the hat.

Give it some character by adding a little something along the band  . . . why not?

Your stitched fedora is finished! Enjoy!

(top photo from here, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)