Derby Hats 101: Making a Hat

 

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So now, you’ve read part one and have decided between a hat or fascinator. I’m sure you also might have an idea of what colors you will look for. Annnd we’re off! (Derby joke)

Step one, find a hat. I’ve gotten hats everywhere. Dee’s Crafts in Louisville, KY, is my go-to when I’m there. And if you’re in the area after Derby, you can get a hat for the next Derby at a huge discount!!

But just about any hat can become a Derby hat. My hat for this year I got a Target! It’s just a large brim sunhat but it fit well and has so much potential. If you are going the fascinator route, I suggest a wider headband in the base color you want. (The best headband that I used was wrapped in ribbon so I could just pin my fabric flowers on)

Step two, is heading to the craft store and looking around for something that jumps at you. Sometimes I go thinking I want flowers, then I see feathers I can’t do without or vice versa. Decide if you want to permanently attach things to your hat or headband or maybe look for things that you can attach with pins so you can remove it later.

Once you have everything you think you’ll want, do a mock set up to make sure you like it all together and the placement of items before you go gluing and possibly permanently create something you don’t like.

Below are a couple of my hats and how I put them together.

Derby Hat 2010

This hat above is one of my favorites. I spent countless hours on this one. I tacked the ribbon to the crown and then hot glued all of the feathers and silk flowers to the hat. The hat, in plain black, I had purchased the previous year after Derby and got it for next to nothing. I usually try to include a peacock feather whenever I can since they are thought to be lucky. I also wanted a signature theme for my hats.

h1.jpgThese feathers are my favorite to work with and are featured in the 2010 hat. The small ones on the left are individual strands that come in a bunch. They stand straight and you can manipulate them fairly easily.

The other, on the right, you can build off of and lay it flat on the brim of the hat as I did or even on the side of the hat so they stand up. The one on the right has a felt half moon that you could glue more feathers or flowers to and then add a pin to the back so you could make a removable hat clip or fascinator.

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Derby 2012 I decided on the fascinator. This was the only year that I bought a dress first. Let me tell you, never again! Finally, I did find a white tulle flower clip (also with pin) at Hobby Lobby and hot glued white and green feathers to to make it more extravagant. The feathers were straight so I followed this tutorial from Dee’s Crafts on how to curl feathers! It’s much easier than you’d think!

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Last, but certainly not least, Derby 2014. This is another hat that I was lucky to find at Dee’s after the 2013 Derby. I really liked it because it was more of a sheer fabric, but had a great wire brim so I could mold it to fit how I wanted. It also has a drawstring at the crown so you can adjust the size!

It came with the white and black sheer bow and band already attached. I found the two pink fabric flowers at a craft store for 50% off! They have a pin and clip on the back so reusing them (or the hat) will be really easy.

If you’re getting ready for the 142nd Run for the Roses, visit Kentucky Derby Party DIY for some easy crafts and foods to make your party a winner! For more ideas and hat etiquette for ladies and gents check out my post Etiquette & Style. Or you can see a full Tutorial for my 2016 Derby Hat!

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DIY Tutu & Tutu Wreath!

 

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I know, I know. The items in this “how to” are probably old news to everyone. But this is new to me!
So my baby girl is about to turn one. ONE! Where has the time gone? We had planned just a small “cake only” party and I was keeping it simple…then I caught the tutu bug.

I wasn’t going to do one at all. How overrated, right? But then I thought, what if this is my only chance to have her sweet self in a tutu of my choosing for a party only I will remember? What if she is a total tomboy, which is fine as was her mama, but I just had to get these sweet pictures for myself, right?

Since you agree, I reached out and my wonderful neighbor pointed me to a pin on how to make your own tutu. that lead me to a video you will find if you click here. Below you will find my step by step as well as a super cute wreath I made to further her birthday decor!

Ahh, I’m TUTU crazy about this post!

After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I came home with an assortment of spools of tulle, purple, lilac, silver, and a few glitter ribbons and lace.

For the waist, I used elastic as that was what I already owned (but love the idea for the other band used in the pin). I measured it around my daughters waist and then “sewed” it together. Let’s be honest, I used needle and thread to make sure it wouldn’t move, ha ha ha.

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I found a piece of card board that was about the right length (for the tulle when cut in half) to wrap my tulle around. THIS IS THE BEST METHOD! I attached an end of my tulle with a little tape and then wrapped the tulle around the board again and again  until I reached the end.

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Then I wrapped a rubber band around each end of the cardboard just to keep the tulle in a nice, neat, easy to cut stack. You make cuts at each end, then remove the rubber bands and tulle. Continue with each color of tulle.

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Once everything was cut, I stretched my elastic band around the cardboard and used this looping method, watch the video, to attach the tulle. I alternated colors, purple, lilac, silver, until it was a full skirt.

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I even finished it up with the sleeping future birthday girl in my arms!

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The tulle just wasn’t enough for me. I decided to add purple lace and silver glitter ribbon to the tutu.

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I simply wove it in to the loops of the tulle. I know this isn’t a super secure method, but for the length of time my daughter will have it on it will probably be ok. For a tutu for dress up play, I might hot glue the extra ribbon and lace in to the elastic.

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Finally it’s complete and is so cute. Can’t wait to try it on her.
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and now…the Tutu Wreath!

I had extra tulle and I’m not one to let good supplies go to waste so I thought I’d add to my All Holidays Wreath, and make a birthday wreath! Everything I added can easily be removed.

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I used the same idea with the tulle  only I tied and then knotted the tulle. I followed the same color pattern I did with the tutu.

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Once all the tulle was used I used my purple glitter ribbon to cover the top half, held in place with the finishing nails I use for other holiday decorations. Just wrap the ribbon tightly around the wreath.

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LOVE the results! I can’t wait for her birthday to roll out the rest. Stay tuned for more Pinterest tries I’m using for her birthday!
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