Felted Hatband

Rosie & Linda’s ABAA has “felting” as a theme this week and this was one of those lightbulb moments for me. I thought it’d be fun to dress up my gardening/sun hat. It’s a huge-brimmed straw affair which isn’t very flattering (I’m not pretty in hats!!), but it does keep the sun off my face and neck in the summer. It’s just a bit plain, or it was till I decided to make a felted and embellished hatband for it!

Here’s the ‘before’ hat:


And this is what happened to it!!


I took a strip of green felt, some altered bottle caps and some drilled bamboo dominos (all from Ten Two Studios) and sewed them on. Then I got the rovings out and needle-felted shapes in reds and greens in the spaces…


I then added beads from my stash-pot. I finally blanket-stitched both top and bottom right round to finish it off neatly.


Finally, I slipped the entire piece onto the hat! There were 2 blue and 1 pink bottle caps so I used 2 blue and 1 pink flower images for the dainty dominos. It’s very colourful, isn’t it? 🙂

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  1. Kimmie

     /  April 4, 2009

    This is so cool! Love all the detail and color!

  2. This is great, hope we get to see you wearing it!!

  3. Rosie ABAA

     /  April 5, 2009

    Woo hoo – now your gardening hat is a thing of beauty! Absolutely love what you’ve done, especially the dominos and bottlecaps!! Great work and good to have you with us again.
    Rosie ABAA

  4. It is both colorful and beautiful, Rosie…what a lovely hat band. You may come over and start on all my hats…did I tell you I love, love wearing hats? rofl. I have made a few hat bands but never a felt one like this…inspiration of the finest! Thanks girlfriend!

  5. Wow, how clever and useful too.
    Im sure your hat will turn heads as well as your lovely garden now. Its fab, well done, JAQI

  6. Woo hoooooo, this is really a great idea Rosie and it looks awesome!!! I love what you did with the hat, needle felting too 🙂 I look ridiculous in a hat too, but if I had one I would never have thought of dressing it up like this, way to go!

  7. Ooh it looks so very……………Vita Sackville West! You’ll look the biz in the garden now!

  8. It’s fantastic! Love the bottlecaps!

  9. What a brilliant idea Rosie….and so many different techniques!
    Such great inspiration – thank you for joining in with us.
    Linda x

  10. Oh, so pretty and unusual. What a great idea

  11. wow…its not only colourful Rosie its gorgeous as well.
    You say you dont look pretty in hats…well you will in this one x

  12. BRILLIANT and SO beautiful!!! What a treasure this is! It is a rare day when I feel “good” in a hat! I’m not a natural hat person, they are great to have in the garden….keep us looking young and all

  13. Oh my gosh, I love love love this! That is so oriiginal and lovely, my entry isn’t nearly as pretty.


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