DIY Stitched Hat

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)

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55 Comments

  1. Katie wrote:

    This is seriously gorgeous, what a great idea. I’m getting out my thread to give it a go!

    xo Katie
    http://www.katieladyloo.blogspot.com

    8.2.11
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  2. crlsweetie912 wrote:

    OMG This is sick! And super easy. GREAT JOB!

    8.2.11
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  3. Shelby wrote:

    This is such a great idea! I don’t own enough hats, mostly because I’m never quite sold on the ribbons or flowers or other stuff they put on them. I love that you deconstructed and personalized it!! <3shelby

    http://www.makemesparkly.blogspot.com

    8.2.11
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  4. Love it! Another great DIY. Love the WTF embroidered in there.

    Fashionable Collections

    8.2.11
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  5. Nicole wrote:

    Great idea!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

    8.2.11
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  6. Julian wrote:

    That looks fantastic!

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  7. I love this! It totally makes me want to buy a fedora just to do this!

    http://taintedholograms.blogspot.com/

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  8. It was so cute! I love to know!
    Have a lovely day!
    Xoxo
    Susie
    http://www.myfashionview.com

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  9. such a good idea! hahha I love the ” WTF”

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

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  10. Kristina wrote:

    Such a unique way to spice up a fedora! It would be awesome if you did it in multi-colored threads – even neon threads!

    Kristina
    http://spottedappeal.blogspot.com/

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  11. blondehaus wrote:

    Such a creative and simple idea! I love it. I love all of your DIY stuff. Keep posting!

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  12. I lov your idea!

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  13. lauren wrote:
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  14. This is beyond cool and original! Love this idea, need to try it asap!! xx

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  15. Karissa wrote:

    So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Chelsea wrote:

    I am the “stay away from the sun” fanatic in my family. I have quite the hat collection, but my straw fedora was crushed, and I was heartbroken…. Needless to say this project is perfect.

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  17. this looks really good, nice work

    x

    http://theglitterpost.wordpress.com/

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  18. Audrey wrote:

    Ohh what a great idea!!! I’ll try this soon on mine!;))
    Thank you for the great tutorials !^^

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  19. sara wrote:

    I love this, defo gonna give it a try. Thanks!

    http://www.beautifulstreets.blogspot.com

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  20. angie wrote:

    you guys have the best DIYs! Keep ’em comin’!

    8.2.11
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  21. Lia wrote:

    Love it! Click on my name to see all of my DIY jewelry projects!

    8.2.11
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  22. Lia wrote:

    I love this! Such a great idea, can’t believe no one’s thought of this! Yall are so creative, I love it!
    xoxo
    Lia

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  23. Ambyr wrote:

    This is super cute! I only own 1 hat but never wear it. This is perfect for summer.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  24. Sanne wrote:

    That looks great! 🙂

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  25. That looks great! What an cool idea!

    http://thedailytiara.com

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  26. Jo Martine wrote:

    Love it! Check out Stiitch.net. Unique designs from up and coming designers.

    8.2.11
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  27. Jules wrote:

    What a clever project…
    Loving what your doing here!

    Styleanthem.blogspot.com

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  28. haha I love the photo of your “WTF” hat! Ha love it. Perfect name for a blog! Love the idea too by the way; its fabulous!!

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  29. Aylin wrote:

    This hat looks great, I love this, very funny project
    yasaminkimyasi.blogspot.com

    8.3.11
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  30. Mary Wallace wrote:

    this is so awesome! can I get the exact brand/make of the hat you have stitched? i like the open weave better than the one you’ve hyperlinked ….thanks so much

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  31. this is great! i’ve lately become a hat person, never used to be my thing and now i can’t get enough!

    xdailyweakly

    8.4.11
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  32. Lucía wrote:

    Looks really cool, too bad I don’t really like hats

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  33. tam wrote:

    I love this sooooo much!!! thanks!!!!

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  34. et zou wrote:

    bravo !!

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  35. Ludmi wrote:

    Love it!!!!

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  36. Nomadic D wrote:

    Crikey! Another ridiculously simple, ridiculously awesome diy! And that’s why I love you guys.

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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  37. Laura wrote:

    nice work – and it’s so easy… thanks for the inspiration!

    8.25.11
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  38. Caitlin wrote:

    This is awesome! I have just done my own, but used red and cream embroidery thread on the bream and small red pom pom trim around the band. So pleased with the result! Thanks for the inspiration xx

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  39. Heather wrote:

    HINT : Another way to secure your floss: (1) Thread both floss ends together through the needle’s eye, which will create a long, dangling loop. (2) Leave a small part of this loop on the inside of the hat when you begin your first stitch; (3) then after you return through the fabric to the backside of your project, slip the needle through that loop; and (4) pull tight to secure your thread at the same time as you complete your first stitch! No knot needed. 🙂

    Great idea for the hat, by the way!

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  40. Becka wrote:

    This is a Lola millinery hat. She is based out of NYC

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  41. jasmina wrote:

    felt inspired by this fantastic project and descided to embroider my whole hat. i felt very stylish and unique on holiday!
    thanks for the idea!

    9.1.12
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  42. regina umali wrote:

    Hi, I also made a DIY hat here:

    http://thinkerbellethoughts.blogspot.com/2012/11/diy-project-1-straw-hat-w-ribbon-accents.html

    I got inspired by some other blog..but I find yours inspiring too..;)

    hope you check it out! I am planning to make other stuff here too 🙂

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  43. nice creative arts thanks for sharing !!!!!!!

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