We were over the moon when our favorite milliner Lola Ehrlich, of Lola Hats, offered to show us how to DIY a feathered straw hat similar to one from her current collection of fabulous headwear. The Horchata, so aptly named, is literally a fiesta for your cabeza! And you’ll be surprised how simple it is to recreate it by simply injecting life into a plain straw hat with an assortment of colorful trim.

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You’ll need:

  • a straw hat
  • 1 yard of 1/2″ rickrack
  • 1/2 yard of colored raffia
  • 1 1/2 yard of feather trim
  • tacky glue
  • an embroidery needle
  • an iron
  • a toothpick

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Start by removing any trim or tags from the straw hat. Squeeze a good amount of tacky glue onto a piece of cardboard. Use a toothpick or chopstick to apply glue to a few inches of the rickrack. Starting at the center of the back of the hat, glue down the rickrack along the brim – just below the crown.

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Keep glueing around the perimeter of the hat. Line up the wave pattern, trim and glue.

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Tie the end of the raffia into a double knot. Thread the other end through an embroidery needle.

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Thread the needle through the hat, just above the rickrack, with a short running stitch.

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It helps to pull the raffia open between each stitch. Complete the row with a double knot from the inside of the hat.

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Apply another row of rickrack above the embroidery stitch.

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Apply a thick row of tacky glue to the inside brim of the hat. Allow to dry for a couple of minutes so the glue becomes very tacky. Press the feather trim into the glue. Use pins to hold in place, until dry, if necessary.

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To give the brim of the hat expression, steam the underside of the brim. Pinch the front and back of the brim and hold for a few seconds.

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Your Lola-inspired straw hat is finished!!

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Thank you, Lola, for this super fun and chic collab!

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(Lola Hats available here; images by HonestlyWTF)