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.


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.


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!!


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


Then he looked at the camera. Please move!


Thank you! ha ha


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!!


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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