For the love of a straw hat

I have a clear and distinct memory from when I was an early teenager that involves a hat. We were at a picnic for a family that was moving away and one of my mom’s friends came walking down the hill. I clearly remember her wearing a long dress (maybe denim, not sure) her kids were running down the hill next to her (she had maybe 5 back then), and she was wearing a straw hat. She. looked. beautiful! I fell in love with straw hats right then and there. Ironically even though I love them, I’ve never had one that I really like.

About two years ago my cousin ruined my life by posting a picture of this hat on her facebook wall.

I love this hat. I’ve loved it for 2 years. I’ve lusted after this hat, and I think about it every single spring and summer. When I showed it to my hubby 2 years ago he gaped at the price, and I don’t blame him. It was about $100 then. I found it a bit cheaper now, around $60, but it’s still not something I’m going to pay. I’m just too cheap to spend that kind of money on just a hat.

So last week I was thinking about this hat yet again and got the brilliant idea to make my own. It won’t look perfect, but it just might be good enough for me.

I got a hat, yellow ribbon and printed off a picture of the original. I was seriously tempted to get the ribbon with polka dots but decided to make it as close to the original as possible.

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I used a hot glue gun to attached the ribbon. I really thought about sewing the ribbon on and I am soooo glad I didn’t do that! At this point in my life I need EASY, FAST, and FUN crafts. I’m not sure how long the glue will hold up, but it looks great right now.

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It only took me about 2 hours to do. The hat and ribbon together was about $5 at Wal-Mart. I figured if I messed up on the first hat I wasn’t out much money to try again. I do think getting a hat with out the small holes would make the words stand out more.

I got to wear it yesterday to the park for the first time and I love it!!

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Gideon got in the way of this picture to tell me about the fire truck he could hear. He has cute legs.

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Then he looked at the camera. Please move!

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Thank you! ha ha

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It isn’t perfect. I don’t have great ribbon writing skills, but for $5 and two hours I am MORE than pleased with the end result! I’ve also figured out that most people probably can’t read it while I’m wearing it. And I can’t read it while wearing it either. I am so glad I didn’t pay $60+ for it!!

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6 responses to “For the love of a straw hat

  1. Oh, my goodness that is cute!! You are brilliant. And you’re right, Gideon has super-cute legs!

  2. Haha I LOVE it!! I totally forgot about that hat! When I first saw the picture I thought”gosh, I recognize that hat!” It’s a Kate Spade right?? I think it looks just like the original!! I want one too!!

    • I can’t believe you forgot about it! Yes it is a Kate Sade, and you are the cousin that posted it two years ago!!!

      • Lol I did know I was the cousin…I didn’t completely forget about it..I remembered as soon as I saw it….it just hasn’t been torturing me like it has been torturing you. But now it will be knowing I can make a replica for $5!!

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