I have seen so many floppy summer hats on the high street but not with the slogan or colours I want. This is when I thought, why not make my own?

The inspiration behind these colours came from a bright orange bikini. I wanted to match the slogan with this to create a fun holiday outfit. I love the fact that the vinyl worked so well onto this flat woven summer hat. The possibilities with slogans or names made it hard to choose but keeping all the scraps means I can create even more!

For this project you will need:

  • HappyFlock Fluo Orange
  • Pom pom trim
  • Needle and thread
  • Summer hat
  • Scissors or cutting machine
  • For hand cutting, you will need a pen and card
  • Iron ( 2 dot setting)
  • Greaseproof paper

Step 1:

Measure around your hat to get the measurements of where you want your writing to go. I measured around the middle of the hat.

Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 1

Step 2:

For hand cutting:

Draw out a circle this size onto paper and draw your letters around the curve. Cut these letters out to create your stencils.

For machine cutting:

Draw your circle on your cutting programme to the size you need and type the lettering to fit around the curve. Then reverse your writing and cut.

Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 2

Step 3:

For hand cutting:

Draw around your letter stencils on the back of the vinyl making sure the letters are reversed. Remember to cut all the pens marks off to avoid it transferring to your hat.

For machine cutting:

Weed your letters ready to be pressed.

Step 4:

Place your lettering in the exact position you want it on the hat and add greaseproof paper on top. Then with an iron press with an iron for 10-15 seconds checking the hat.

Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 4

Step 5:

Make sure each letter/ word has even heat. This will mean you need to hold the iron in certain areas carefully lifting the iron and pressing. I then peeled away the top plastic layer off of the vinyl.


Step 6:

I then added a pom pom trimming around the hat to give it a finishing touch and stitched this together acting as a band.

Paradise Found- DIY Summer Hat step 6

This is a great way to personalise your hat with your own words, shapes and colours. It could be your name, a polka dot, love heart or your favourite place to go on holiday! The possibilities are endless and you can have a unique hat that no one else will have!

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