I’ve always loved the idea of have a big floppy sun hat, but could never find one with a fabric band that I liked. I found this wild print hat at Charming Charlies for $20 and thought it would be a super easy project to rip off the leopard print band (ugh!) and replace it with something a little bit more “me”. Turns out I was right – it only took me about an hour to do, mostly because I had to iron my fabric a few times and figure out how to make the proper bow for you guys.
- A floppy hat
- Glue gun
- Rotary Cutter or good fabric scissors
- Iron & Ironing board
- Fabric pins
The first thing I did was to rip off the leopard print. It was only held on by hot glue, so this was relatively easy. Don’t worry about the glue band leftover on the hat, because your new fabric will cover that up.
I selected some of my favorite Cath Kidston fabric that just so happened to fit around the hat perfectly. You’ll want to cut this fabric about an inch wider than you want the band, and the ends need to be just touching around the length.
Now we need to iron it out to remove all the creases, and then flip it over, pattern side down and fold over the edge, longways, and iron this down. Doing this ensures a clean edges and negates the need for sewing…yay! I just eyeballed it, but you can be super precise if you prefer.
Repeat for the other edge.
Get out your glue gun and begin glueing the fabric around the hat, making sure you pull tight.
There might be a little puckering at the top of the band if the hat goes a bit smaller towards the top, like mine does, but just make it as neat as you can. It won’t be noticeable later.
Now take your second piece of fabric, I chose a contrasting CK fabric in a rose print, and cut to the same width as the main band. This will be your bow.
We’ll also iron the sides of this fabric, just like we did for the band.
Now we’ll need to do a bit of jigging around to get this bow to look correctly. You’ll need to pin (don’t make the same mistake that I did and hot glue it) the edges of your bow fabric *inside out* to where the edges of your band fabric met
Now fold the fabric to itself, using a little less than half – this will be the first level of the bow, and then fold it again for the second level of the bow. Take a look at the photo below to understand better.
You can hot glue the folds to itself (not to the hat) at this point.
At this point, you’ll need to remove the pins and set the bow on your work surface.
Now we’ll need to cut a skinnier piece of fabric to tie the center of the bow. I used the original doggy fabric to make a contrasting center for the fabric, but that’s up to you. Go ahead and iron the edges like you did for the other two pieces.
Now glue it directly to the hat, where the edges of the band fabric meet to hide them.
Now, you can see that my edges didn’t quite line up, so I did a bit of tucking and extra gluing. I also decided to add two more pieces of fabric to make the bow strips.
Ta-da! Easy as pie!
I would love to see your versions in the comments below! And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about the process as well! 🙂