Day 5 of 7 days 7 hats
Navy blue stocking cap embellished with a vintage sequins embroidered appliqué
Time required 1 hour 30 minutes
For this fifth hat transformation, DIY Embellished hat with appliqué, I will revamp a navy blue stocking cap to pair with my jean day looks (which are numerous).
To embellish the hat I will use this luxurious vintage sequin appliqué that was given to me decades ago. You know how it is, the first decade I refrained from using it because it was too beautiful to part with. The next decade I thought the sequin appliqué was always too dressy for any projects. And this last decade I could never find a garment where only one sequin appliqué could be the focus point.
Are you curious to see how I use this piece of memorabilia?
Before we start, you could refer to my introductory post for a quick overview of the all the hats that will be revamped for this series and to read about my plan.
I purchased the beanie on eBay in the colour navy.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I was satisfied with the purchased item and I am mentioning the seller for your convenience in case you wish to purchase the same item 🙂
This hat is knit with a rib stitch pattern which makes it pretty extendable. This hat could fit head sizes of up to 24–25 inches (60.96 – 63.5 cm). The seller did not mention the fiber composition, but it seems to be made of 100% acrylic yarn.
Here is the simple stocking cap before transformation.
I will place the sequin appliqué on the side of the hat. I will admit that the sequin appliqué is a little bit over the top by itself but paired with this ordinary stocking cap the glamour of the sequin is dressed down. But even if the knitted hat is quite ordinary, in my opinion it’s navy colour makes it chic. Do you agree with my pairing of this sequin appliqué with this basic knit cap?
This appliqué was made out of sequins and seed beads and was not suited for machine stitching. I started by hand sewing the center of the appliqué and worked my way outward stitching through both the appliqué and the hat. This way the appliqué will remain flat and will become one with the hat. I hand sewed around the perimeter keeping the stitches close together to catch the sequin edges. I also made sure that my stitches weren’t pulling and stretching the hat out of shape.
Sewing the appliqué was pretty easy and straight forward.
The strands made the appliqué look like it belonged to the Charleston era while cutting them off gave the hat the more modern look that I wanted.
I really liked the overall appearance of the appliqué on the hat, except that it looked like it was coming out of nowhere. I mean, from three sides we were seeing a plain knitted cap, and then you turned around and Boom! we were now seeing a big glittering patch! The hat required some elements to tie the look together. I settled to use the left over sequins that were used on Day 1 of my hat transformation series. Their colour was lighter than the cap, but it is a correct match.
I spaced apart each sequin by 2.5 – 3 inches (6.35 – 7.62 cm) for an understated look. The sequins had two objectives; to tie the look together and when the light would reflect on them it would draw peoples’ interest.
I sewed each sequin independently in order to keep the hat extendable and I decided to hand sew the sequins with visible thread to give it a rustic homemade look. I started with the needle on the back side of the hat fabric and brought it to the front side of the fabric by passing the needle through the center of the sequin. I then returned the needle to the back side of the fabric by crossing the thread over the top of the sequin. As you can see in the picture above I crossed the thread three times over each sequin.
DIY Embellished hat with appliqué finished result
This DIY was completed in 1 hour 30 minutes for a total cost of $3.12
Below the Before and after picture
Tomorrow’s post; DIY beanie with pearls