Last day of 7 days 7 hats
White knit cap embellished with a veil, faux fur pom pom and a glitter iron on patch
Time required 45 minutes
For this last DIY veiled beanie with glitter part of this hat transformation series, I wanted to transform a hat into something that would distinctively express winter. I’m a born and raised Quebecer and what spells winter in my heart is the colour white. My feelings for winter were formed during my early childhood when even the lightest snow fall brought pure joy. Although as an adult snow storms, traffic jams and shoveling my driveway are not enjoyable on working days, snow is still very special to me. There’s something about the way snowflakes muffle sounds and makes the environment calm and peaceful. On snowy days you can feel the ambient stillness from inside your house. Winter evenings can be visuals from fairy tale books. Walking outside hearing the snow and ice crackle under your boots with the fields sparkling like diamonds around you is pure bliss. Promenading on full moon nights ……. ethereal.
For this DIY I will revamp a white hat, use white embellishments and will add some glitter to imitate the light reflecting on snow.
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.
Without any further ado let’s see what I came up with for this hat transformation ….
THE MATERIALS for this DIY veiled beanie with glitter
For this hat transformation I purchased a white beanie on eBay. The seller didn’t mention the fiber composition but I’m certain that it is made of 100% acrylic yarn.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I was satisfied with the items purchased from eBay and I am mentioning the sellers for your convenience in case you wish to purchase the same items. The seller did not mention the fiber composition, but it seems to be made of 100% acrylic yarn 🙂
I also purchased a white faux-fur key chain pom pom on eBay.
I also purchased 20 inches (50 cm) of white Swiss dot veil fabric at my local fabric store. This classic veil fabric features small felt dots throughout the material.
At this point I still don’t know what I will use for the glittering detail.
THE POM POM
I chose this pom pom because it was nice and fluffy. Since I want to attach the veil around the pom pom, the first required step was to attach it to the hat.
I simply detached the key chain components that were clipped to an elastic loop.
When I pinned the pom pom at the top of the beanie, I realized that I couldn’t just attach the pom pom outside the hat. The pom pom was heavy and the elastic loop couldn’t be sewn close enough to the hat. The pom pom was sadly hanging on one side and was annoyingly flopping around when I moved. It didn’t looked too chic.
I needed to open the top section of the hat in order to insert and attach the pom pom on the reverse side of the seams.
I used a seam ripper to carefully remove 2 – 3 stitches at the top middle junction of the hat seams.
The elastic loop attached to the faux fur pom pom made it easy to sew it inside the top of the hat.
I turned the hat inside out and I positioned the pom pom outside of the hat and I pulled the elastic loop through the inside of the hat. I kept my index finger inside the elastic loop to stretch the elastic to its maximum while sewing the pom pom in place. I sewed through both the elastic and the hat layer with slip stitches and sewed the hole close.
The pom pom was still flopping a little bit and I sewed a few more stitches through both the pom pom and the hat layer to fix it firmly.
For my first trial I cut a rectangle of about 16 inches (40.64 cm) wide by 20 inches (50 cm) long in the fabric.
I know that this rectangle will be too long but I will cut the excess and make adjustments as I go.
To create the body and look I wanted for the veil, I decided to gather one side of the veil, the side measuring 16 inches (40.64 cm).
To gather the veil I made a slip knot on one end of the fabric, then hand stitched one row of running stitches all the way to the other end.
I gently pulled the thread to create the gathers. I reduced the length to about 2 inches (5 cm) forming a circumference that will fit around the pom pom.
I simply placed the veil around the pom pom on the front part of the hat. I was ready for a first fitting session.
I’m satisfied with how the veil fits, it bounces and rounds up nicely and looks good from all angles. I hand stitched the veil to the knit cap near the pom pom with slip stitches.
Once the veil was sewn onto the hat I concluded on it’s length. For this hat I decided to be a little bit more daring and let the veil cover my eyes. I then cut and rounded up the veil sides (see the red lines in the above picture).
I was ready to start thinking about what type of glittering effects I could add to this hat. I tried a few things; clear and silver sequins, clear rhinestones, flat back white pearls… in truth every element looked very nice apart from the fact that all embellishments made the hat perfectly suited for a winter wedding! Not the overall appearance I wanted. Okay, to the fabric store I went…. again.
And I found what I needed.
IRON ON PATCH
This iron on patch will be a perfect shiny element that I was searching for. Part of my consideration was that since patches make baseball caps look casual and dressed down, this patch, even though star shaped and glittery, would counteract the bride-to-be-look suggested by the veil.
I wore the hat to better place the patch; under the veil, above the folded cuff and well centered on my forehead. I pinned it in place by marking the star points with pins.
Since acrylic doesn’t perform well when exposed to heat I will not iron the entire surface of the patch and I will use flexible fabric glue for the outside edges of the star. I used Arleene’s flexible stretchable glue, that I have used it before (not sponsored). It can withstand repeated washes and does not crack or break away from the fabric.
I first secured the patch in place following the merchant instructions but carefully ironed the center part of the star only. I didn’t want to iron the edges of the star in fear the hot iron would mark or melt the knit. Once the patch cooled down I attentively applied some glue under the points of the patch with a cotton swab. Applying glue up to the edges but no further.
To help the glue bond both surfaces together and to ensure that the patch remained flat, I covered the patch with a plastic bag then placed weights on top and let it dry for 24 hours. I then removed the weights and let the glue dry for another day. And voilà! this beautiful hat was now ready to be flaunted around.
This DIY was completed in 45 minutes for $12.70
Below the Before and after picture
And this completes my 7 Hats in 7 Days challenge. I had a lot of fun revamping these hats and I hope that you found this series stimulating.
À la prochaine!