A Summer Bonnet

Summer is very much underway at this point and I found the cutest little hat at a thrift shop for a mere 99 cents! I initially purchased it to simply decorate with a bit of ribbon and a few floral sprigs and greenery. I played around with it on my head various ways cocking it to one side, then the other, plopping it straight down on my noggin… but then… eureka. I tilted it backwards a bit and loved the size of the brim for a small bonnet.

I know… more? Really? There are twenty straw bonnet tutorials out there Elizabeth. Hear me out though! I looked through all of those fantastic straw bonnet tutorials but almost all of them took far too much time and effort for me… I’m terribly lazy during the summers outside of work because my days tend to be long and I don’t always particularly enjoy sewing on my one day off every week during the summers… Without further to do here is the lazy way to turn a straw hat into a bonnet.

Items you will need:

-Straw hat (mine has a brim of 3″ and is a foot across)

-Thread in a straw, gold, or pale color

-Hand sewing needle

-Decor (Ribbon, flowers, charms, fabric, lace whatever suits your fancy)

-**Optional**A steamer or an iron with steam abilities

Alright, so we have our materials at the ready! or you are just reading this in hopes to be inspired to go get them… Onwards!

First take your lovely hat and carefully bend back one side of the brim so it folds up like the picture below. Some of the straw will likely break but you can help prevent that by steaming the hat before bending it, I skipped that step even though I was making tea at the time and could have easily used the steam coming out of the kettle…. Did I mention I am incredibly lazy during the summers?

We almost have a bonnet! Now take your needle and thread and double up the thread before knotting it off. You can use a thread conditioner like beeswax to help the thread slide through if you prefer. Sew a neat, or not neat, little “X” on each side of the folded up brim going through all of those layers, go over it a few times just to keep it secure. You could use glue in this case but it may not hold up quite as well over time.

“But wait…”, you say, “…is that it?”.

Yes my friend, it is indeed. Onto decor! In part Two!

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