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.
- 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
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)
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.
Quinn Cooper Style
That is genius and so easy to do, love it.
I love it! Doesn’t look to hard by the steps, but by appearance it looks intricate, Very fun and perfect for summer.
It could be perfect for my seaside holiday!
Elisa – My Fantabulous World
I love it!!! now you have a very original hat!!!
I absolutely love it! I especially like how the pink needle looks like xx
Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM
Très très joli !!!
Very good inspiration. Great day.
I love this idea. Thank you for the inspiration.
Perfect for summer!
So cute!!! *Giudy*
The feather trim is amazing. I love the color and details. Such a fun project!
Love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration. I love the navy & straw with pops of orange. I have a new Sunday DIY! 😀
I loved it!!!!!
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Oh my gosh I LOVE it. Totally putting this on my weekend to do list!
lovet this, so much!!!
Lovely hat !
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Love from Paris
wow!! lovely hat! such a gr8 idea 🙂
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.
Love this. So fun and colorful, and looks easy to do~~ since you like hats, check out this post if you get a chance.
so cute & clever! xx
AMAZING DIY 🙂
Love it. Very cute. Perfect for summer.
Great idea. keep them coming lol 🙂
WOW this is amazing! I’m totally digging DIY things recently! That hat is plain gorgeous. 🙂
Such a cute hat! I love the feather trim, so unique!
Saying “how to make a hat” and then having the first step be “you will need to buy a hat”….
Awesome diy hat:)
I have just the hat to update like this! :)Will showcase it on my blog hapinesswherever.wordpress.com once done 🙂
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