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.
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.
Keep glueing around the perimeter of the hat. Line up the wave pattern, trim and glue.
Tie the end of the raffia into a double knot. Thread the other end through an embroidery needle.
Thread the needle through the hat, just above the rickrack, with a short running stitch.
It helps to pull the raffia open between each stitch. Complete the row with a double knot from the inside of the hat.
Apply another row of rickrack above the embroidery stitch.
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.
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.
Your Lola-inspired straw hat is finished!!
Thank you, Lola, for this super fun and chic collab!
(Lola Hats available here; images by HonestlyWTF)