Make do & Mend Hat

by LadyD on October 20, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1940s,Hats

So this is a project i’ve been thinking about doing for a while but with onset of cold weather thought it was about time I took the plunge and made myself a hat…well upcycle.

Started with a cheap bog standard hat I got in a sale for £3.

And using the instructions from a make do and mend newsreel fromt he 40′s and a little bit of guessing I cut off the brim and re sewed it to give a ‘nifty’ sporty look hat.

I even added ribbon.

and feathers as decorations.

All I need now is a way of making sure it is secure a hair comb or hat pin and I’m done.

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WendyBee October 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

I love it! I love wool felt hats, feathers, and ribbon bands. All lovely together.


LadyD October 22, 2012 at 7:13 am

Thank you. :)
I have rather a large hat collection…but hadn’t yet got one like this.


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns October 22, 2012 at 11:53 pm

So creative! You did a lovely job, LadyD!


LadyD October 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thank you Katrina. :)


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