DIY Straw Hat With Lola Hats

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)

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39 Comments

  1. LOVE this DIY! Such a good one.
    This is great for a summer BBQ or just lounging around in the backyard.
    The detailing of the feathers around the brim is brilliant.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

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  2. Rachelle wrote:

    That is genius and so easy to do, love it.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  3. I love it! Doesn’t look to hard by the steps, but by appearance it looks intricate, Very fun and perfect for summer.

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/InfiniteStyleShop

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  4. Elisa wrote:

    How cool!!!
    It could be perfect for my seaside holiday!

    With love
    Elisa – My Fantabulous World

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  5. STEL STYLE wrote:

    I love it!!! now you have a very original hat!!!

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  6. justine wrote:

    I absolutely love it! I especially like how the pink needle looks like xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  7. maemaud wrote:

    Très très joli !!!

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  8. Denisa wrote:

    Very good inspiration. Great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  9. Kelly wrote:

    I love this idea. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Perfect for summer!

    Kelly
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/MapletonDrive

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  10. Ambyr wrote:

    The feather trim is amazing. I love the color and details. Such a fun project!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  11. deloom wrote:

    Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I love the navy & straw with pops of orange. I have a new Sunday DIY! 😀

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  13. Paty wrote:

    I loved it!!!!!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

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  14. Oh my gosh I LOVE it. Totally putting this on my weekend to do list!

    <3becky
    http://www.loosefromthezoo.com

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  15. Xeana wrote:

    Great diy!!!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

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  16. lovet this, so much!!!

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  17. Laura wrote:

    Lovely hat !
    New post: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/
    Love from Paris

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  18. Fastastic!

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  19. garima wrote:

    wow!! lovely hat! such a gr8 idea 🙂
    http://www.daybydaycreation.blogspot.com

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  20. lency wrote:

    A half yard is 18″, you’d have to be an idiot to think that will go around the entire brim edge, let alone your head, unless you’re a newborn baby.

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  21. carly tati wrote:

    Love this. So fun and colorful, and looks easy to do~~ since you like hats, check out this post if you get a chance.
    http://www.carlytati.com/goorin-brothers-hats/
    Cheers
    Carly

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  22. i.s. wrote:

    so cute & clever! xx
    http://www.vicariousLA.com

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  23. Leanne wrote:

    Love it. Very cute. Perfect for summer.

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  24. Leon wrote:

    Great idea. keep them coming lol 🙂

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  25. WOW this is amazing! I’m totally digging DIY things recently! That hat is plain gorgeous. 🙂

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  26. Such a cute hat! I love the feather trim, so unique!

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  27. Dee wrote:

    So cute!!

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  28. professional cynic wrote:

    Saying “how to make a hat” and then having the first step be “you will need to buy a hat”….

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  29. I have just the hat to update like this! :)Will showcase it on my blog hapinesswherever.wordpress.com once done 🙂

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