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DIY ribbon straw fedora

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Brighten up a boring fedora

From sipping drinks poolside to strolling the streets on your next sunny destination, a straw fedora is a stylish way to keep you away from the UV rays while still looking effortlessly chic.

Brighten up a boring fedora

Brighten up your plain straw fedora or hat with a few strips of ribbon and you're sure to be recognized!

Supplies: 

Tip: When selecting your fedora/hat, pick one that is less stiff and has a diagonal woven pattern
  • A straw fedora or hat
  • 2 sets of ribbon trim of different colors
  • Scissors
  • E-6000 glue or hot glue gun
  • Tweezers
  • Wooden skewer stick
  • Optional: ruler, pen for measuring and marking

Instructions:

1

Remove any ribbon trim or other embellishments from the fedora/hat.

Brighten up a boring fedora

2

Remove any dried glue.

Brighten up a boring fedora

3

For dry glue that is tough to remove, try using a pair of tweezers to help.

Brighten up a boring fedora

4

Trim the ribbon to the desired width.
The width of the ribbon should match the width of the diagonal woven pattern from the fedora/hat.

Brighten up a boring fedora

5

Pre-cut your ribbon strips in equal lengths.
The length of each ribbon strip should be about two inches longer than the height of the fedora/hat.

Brighten up a boring fedora

6

Starting from the top of the fedora/hat, take one ribbon strip, fold the end to keep
the ribbon from fraying and begin tucking it under the first set of straw weaves.

Brighten up a boring fedora

7

Tuck the ribbon through the entire set of the first weave pattern and pull the ribbon through gently.

Brighten up a boring fedora

8

Continue to the next set of weave pattern. Use a wooden skewer to help with tucking the ribbon through.

Brighten up a boring fedora

9

If you find that the end of the ribbon is starting to fray, tape the end
of the ribbon. This will keep the ribbon from fraying.

Brighten up a boring fedora

10

Use tweezers to pull the ribbon through.

Brighten up a boring fedora

11

Once you have completed your first ribbon strip, adjust the ribbon
to ensure that there are no folds or bunches.

Brighten up a boring fedora

12

Straighten out the ribbon.

Brighten up a boring fedora

13

Leave some top and bottom trim space.

Brighten up a boring fedora

14

Repeat steps 6-13 for the rest of the ribbon strips. Feel free to space the ribbon strips as close
together as you'd like or skip one in between — this is based on your own preference!

Brighten up a boring fedora

15

Work your way around until you have reached the back of the fedora/hat, and
stop when it may become too difficult to work on some diagonals that are too short.

Brighten up a boring fedora

16

Inspect the top of the ribbon strips to ensure you have woven them all the way to the top.
This is where you can make some adjustments by weaving the strip through a few more.

Brighten up a boring fedora

17

Take your next set of color ribbon and once again trim the width
and length for the top of the fedora/hat.

Brighten up a boring fedora

18

Similar to weaving the side of the hat, weave the ribbon trim through the top of the hat.
Note the pattern on the top of the hat is likely different. Flow to it!

Brighten up a boring fedora

19

Pull the ribbon through and leave some trim at both ends.

Brighten up a boring fedora

20

Work your way through to completion.

Brighten up a boring fedora

21

Trim the bottom ends of the ribbon around the fedora/hat.

Brighten up a boring fedora

22

It's time to apply a ribbon trim around the hat.
Take the lighter color of the two sets of ribbons, and ensure the width of the ribbon is at least one inch wide. Apply some strong glue or hot glue to the end of the ribbon.

Brighten up a boring fedora

23

Adhere the ribbon to the back of the fedora/hat and continue to apply glue as you
work your way around the perimeter of the fedora/hat. Be sure to work in small sections
so that the glue doesn't dry before you get a chance to get there!

Brighten up a boring fedora

24

Once you have glued the ribbon trim along the entire perimeter of the fedora/hat
with scissors, trim the top edges of the ribbon.

Brighten up a boring fedora

25

To prevent the ribbons from slipping through in the future,
apply a small amount of glue with a skewer stick to the edges.

Brighten up a boring fedora

26

Repeat steps 24-25 to the top of the fedora/hat.

Brighten up a boring fedora

27

Optional: Apply the darker ribbon trim around the perimeter of the
fedora/hat as well and leave the other color peeking through!

Brighten up a boring fedora

Final product

Brighten up a boring fedora

Don't forget your sunnies
& bikini!

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