DIY Embellished hat with appliqué

Day 5 of 7 days 7 hats

Navy blue stocking cap embellished with a vintage sequins embroidered appliqué

Time required 1 hour 30 minutes

Navy blue stocking cap embellished with a vintage sequins embroidered appliqué
DIY Embellished hat with appliqué

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.

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DIY embellished winter hat with a brooch

Day 4 of 7 days 7 hats

Blue lagoon knit cap embellished with a brooch converted from a necklace

Time required 45 minutes

DIY embellished winter hat with brooch
DIY embellished winter hat with brooch

This scarf is the main reason why I embarked in this 7 Hats in 7 Days challenge. I purchased this scarf in Paris 5 years ago. It’s a delicate geometrical patterned knit with a very fine cotton yarn. The scarf was expensive but I was convinced that it would become my “go to” accessory for many springs and falls to come. Except that the scarf is 103 inches long (262 cm) by 36 inches wide (94.11 cm) and after being wrapped three times around my neck …. even when made out of cotton, the scarf is way too warm to be worn between-seasons.

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DIY customized studded beanie

Day 3 of 7 days 7 hats

Charcoal seamed jersey beanie embellished with hand sewn spikes

Time required 1 hour 30minutes

DIY customized studded beanie
DIY customized studded beanie

The idea for this DIY customized studded beanie came by coincidence. One day I received a few packages of eBay goodies in the mail. One of the packages contained a seamed jersey beanie and another package contained some sew on plastic flat-back spikes. Even though I had purchased the spikes for another purpose, within a nano-second I changed my mind and decided to sew the spikes onto the beanie.

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DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag

Day 2 of 7 days 7 hats

Hot pink braided slouchy beret embellished with a veil

Time required 30 minutes

DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag
DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag

For this second DIY veiled beanie from mesh produce bag of this transformation series, I chose to do something with a hot pink beret that is a perfect colour match to my favorite snow boots. Yes, I own a pair of hot pink boots… having a boisterous time in winter is a hard job and I am up to it  ; )

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7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments

DIY winter hat transformation series

7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments
7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments

This is how I came up with this 7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments challenge. Last month as I sadly packed away our summer and fall jackets from our entrance closet in exchange of our winter coats and other accessories, I came to realize that I  always end up wearing the same two dark coloured hats all winter long.

I concluded that this habit of mine was surely adding boredom to wintertime and decided to purchase colourful chapeau’s for those chilling months ahead. I also had another complication to solve; I have in my closet many winter scarves among other accessories that were not often worn.

My challenge is to keep every transformation simple and easy to execute, with minimal time but for playful attractive results.

Note: For all my 7 Days 7 Easy DIY beanie embellishments I worked with this vintage glass head form purchased at a garage sale that is commonly used to store or display hats….

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Battery operated Fabric Lint Shaver

Battery operated Fabric Lint Shaver
WORTH EVERY PENNY

It is common for most fabrics to pill to some extent; even the finest materials are prone to have some surface pilling. It is often caused when two fabrics rub against each other causing the loose, short or broken fibers on the surface to become tangled together forming little balls. Some fibers are more pill-prone than others, but as a general rule shorter fibers have a higher tendency to pill and we can say that the longer a fiber is the less pilling will result.

In my humble opinion, pilling on clothes compromises appearance and makes the garment look worn. The other day I had a bad case of surface pilling on a brand new garment that I had purchased. My solution was to purchase a Fabric Lint Shaver… and did it perform?

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DIY Star shaped baby wrap blanket

DIY baby star wrap blanket by CardinalSewingNest
THE MOTHER TO BE CHOSE PURPLE 🙂

I always wanted to sew a baby star wrap blanket. I got the perfect occasion when one of our daughter -in- laws announced that she was pregnant. It will be the first grand child for both family sides; exciting times ahead! Lucky me, the mother-to-be thought that the blanket was a very cute idea.

See how I drafted my own star shaped blanket pattern and how I assembled it;

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Men’s shirt to off the shoulders blouse

Men's shirt to off the shoulder blouse
Men’s shirt to off the shoulder blouse

This men’s shirt to off the shoulders blouse is very similar to the men’s shirt refashion from a few posts ago, but since my spouse commented that it would be a nice top for a pregnant woman (**!!?@!!?**). He then tried to explain that his comment was a from a business point of view. I guess I trust him… so you know that I had to transform another men’s shirt… and the shirt I am using for this refashion comes from his own closet. I get even like that  : )    ……….

Continue reading to see how I transformed his shirt into an off-the-shoulders blouse in about 3 hours.

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