I am THE definition of an English Rose and I have always resented the fact that my Mum would smother me in patchy factor 50 and make me wear a T-shirt whilst swimming, it wasn’t a great look, but neither is sunburn!
This year I decided to look a little more put together by adding a staple piece to my holiday wardrobe, a sun hat with an interesting twist. Read on to find out how to create this simple DIY.
Eugenia Kim launched an absolutely gorgeous range of hats with sequined embroidery including quotes such as “out of office” and “do not disturb”, I instantly fell in love when I spotted them on Pinterest, but unfortunately they were out of my price range (booo!).
Rather than moping about it I decided to create my own, so I picked up some fabric glue, black sequin threading and the perfect hat to customise, and I was ready to give it a whirl.
The first thing I did was pick out a short quote. Then I scrawled it out using cursive font onto paper continuously until I was confident I could replicate my design onto the hat.
Now for the hardest part; I wrote the quote “good vibes” onto the hat with a very light coloured (metallic gold) sharpie using the ridges of the straw hat as a guide. This formed the outline of my design.
I piped the glue along the outline in stages and pressed the sequins down on top, looping the sequin thread across the outline as I went. This can be a little fiddly and messy but I made sure that I purchased fabric glue that would dry clear so that it didn’t really matter. There were some points in the design where the sequins overlapped, so I had to use extra glue between the sequin layers to ensure that they would stay in place.
Once the glue has dried you may want to tack segments of the quote using a needle and thread. I decided against this because I was wearing my hat to the airport rather than packing it in my suitcase and I am happy to say that it is still going strong.
The hat was admired by many people on my holiday, including a Greek waiter whom practically yanked my arm off as I walked by because he wanted to know what it said.
I am rather gutted that autumn has arrived and I can no longer wear it, so in true Pinterest stylin’ I am going to hang it on the wall until next time.
Give it a go and let me know how it turned out. I have posted a photo diary of my adventures in Santorini, check out my previous post if you’re interested.