If you have ever experienced the frustration of trying to find a sun hat that fit with your long hair, this post is for you!
I decided it was high time to take matters into my own hands and with a couple hours of sewing, I altered a sun hat from Marshall’s with a lovely straw brim and a cloth center.
I removed the cloth center, set the brim on my head in the position I wanted, and measured front to back and side to side.
On my fabric, I traced out the two lines, connected them and cut out the resulting slight oval.
Beginning with the center back I pinned the fabric to the hat edge, pinned the front and both sides.
Taking the excess I now had, I made a neat pleat in each quarter. The pleat ran for the center down. I pinned the pleats and tried it on for fit. A couple pleats needed taken in a bit farther to fit smoothly.
Carefully un pinning it, I hand sewed the pleats with a sturdy back stitch to secure the shape. The top took a little work to make it lay nicely, but it wasn’t too bad. On the inside, I tacked the bottom two thirds of each pleat down as well to keep everything neat and tidy.
Once the pleats were sewn, I took bias binding and bound the edge with it.
Then, I used large basting stitches to attach to the brim by hand. Using a jean needle, I then used the machine to firmly attach the crown to brim, and removed my hand basting stitches. I attached a ribbon that goes behind my hair in the back to help hold it in place.