Hat-making on a wing and a prayer!

Coco, Lulu and Mimi are visiting this week and I wanted to take them to my favorite tea room.  So, I thought it might add to the fun of it if I made them hats to wear for the occasion.

First, we went out and found a sun dress that they each liked to wear to the tea room.  Then we would try to make the hats coordinate with their dresses.

I made the hats out of wrapping paper.  They chose which two papers to use, and which ribbon and flowers to add to their hat.

Mimi was my guinea pig.  I cut a piece from each of the two papers to makes the hat.  (I learned after hers to also trim them into a round shape first thing.  With hers, I had to deal with alot of extra paper that I trimmed off as I went.)

Because Mimi’s was the first I had made in a long time, it was very much trial and error.

I needed Hubby to help me by holding the paper down over the crown of their head while I used the masking tape to make the “bowl” of the hat.   (By the third one I decided to try scotch tape because it was a challenge to cover the masking tape with ribbon so that it didn’t show.  I would definitely use scotch tape next time.  It was sturdy enough to do the job.)

My solution to all the extra paper I was dealing with on this one is that I rolled the edge and hot glued it down.  My answer to not getting the masking tape totally covered was …

… lots of flowers, a bow and a butter fly.

After dealing with all that paper on the first one, I got smart and used two pencils and a piece of string to make circles of paper to use on the other two.  It made life alot easier.  Here is the beginning of Coco’s.

One thing I learned from Mimi’s was to make the bowl of the hat deeper on the other two so that they would stay on better.

Coco’s completed.

Coco loved the big, black rose (which was actually an old pin I had worn on a suit), so we added the butterfly on it to “lighten it up”.

Ah, the beginning of the last hat, Lulu’s.  This one profited from the “experimenting” I had done on the other two.  Two big pre-cut circles of paper and a deep crown of the hat held with scotch tape!  BTW, I put a glue dot between the two papers in each case, right in the middle, so that they didn’t try to come apart while I was working with them.

It bugged me that I couldn’t make the crown of the hats smooth.  So on Lulu’s I suggested flowers all over the crown.  I really liked the way that turned out!

As a finishing touch, I put a dot of the hot glue every few inches around the edge of Coco and Lulu’s hats to hold the two pieces of paper together.

Tomorrow the girls in their hats and dresses for a visit to the tea room.

12 Responses to Hat-making on a wing and a prayer!

  1. sandy says:

    I love them, I was in a thrift shop this week and there were hats I wore in the 50’s and the memories came running back

  2. ElleBee says:

    Those are so fun! I never would’ve thought you could make such cute hats out of paper and leftover notions. I’m sure the Princesses will have a marvelous time!

  3. supagran says:

    Fabulous! I love it when my Dudes (grandsons) visit, I shall have to wait for my daughter to produce some girls.

  4. C. Beth says:

    Can’t wait to see pics of them modeling the hats!!

  5. Mary Bowlin says:

    How cute….you are so creative…..I would never have thought of using paper, glue, and ribbon….very nice.

  6. Cheryl says:

    What a great idea and they turned out really cute!!!

  7. carlahoag says:

    Very clever, Sandra! And pretty, too. They’ll probably remember this for the rest of their lives.

  8. Sandra says:

    Sandy — I love the hats from the 50’s too, and even the 30’s and 40’s. So many of them were just classy! 🙂

    ElleBee — We did have a great time, and the hats were a hit with them. I have to confess they aren’t any original idea — a friend told me how to make them about 10 years ago. But each one is always an original!

    Supergran — You’d better write down the instructions — that could take a while! 🙂

    Beth — Soon!

    Mary — As I said above, not an original idea. But it is fun to do. 🙂

    Cheryl — Thank you. I was pretty pleased with them, since I had to kind of re-learn how to make them.

    Carla — I hope so. I really like the idea of making memories for my grandkids. 🙂

  9. Amy O says:

    Sandra, Those are wonderful!! You are so creative! What wonderful memories you created for your grandchildren.

  10. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Amy. I hope they will have good memories of our “hats and tea” experience. 🙂

  11. Hope says:

    ABSOLUTLEY adorable!!!! I love how you made these..how clever!! I MUST make one!

    I will be visiting my g’daughters in the fall and how fun it would be to make these and then go to TEA!!

    I’m so glad to have found this post…just tooo cute!


  12. Sandra says:

    Hope — Ha! I love it when I’m right! 🙂

    When I looked through your posts one of the descriptions of you that I think stands out is “crafty grandmother” with granddaughters! So I really did think you might enjoy this idea. I hope you also looked at the next day’s post that showed them wearing them. I was very pleased with how that whole idea worked out. 🙂

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