I dreamed up this hat for the Kentucky Derby this year. I wanted to create a hat that could be changed to match different outfits so you can wear it more often, as well as change to a bag to carry things if you need an extra hand packing all your winnings  from the big race. I had a lot of fun creating this, and love how it turned out. I now have a beautiful hat that can be molded to different shapes, has interchangeable hat bands for different colors and styles that are endless, and a bag if needed. Happy creating, and hope you enjoy. Its off to the races!!!! Good luck!!!! 

What You Need (This makes 1 hat/bag and 3 interchangeable hat bands)

A drawing of your hat and styles you imagine
1 Plastic circle or plastic lid that is at least the circumfrence of your head
2 yards white canvas fabric
2 yards black glossy fabric
Spool of white thread
Spool of black thread
2 1/2 yards white thick heavy duty ribbon
2 yards of black thick heavy duty ribbon 
1 sheet of hard white felt or flexible piece of white plastic (needs to be at least the length of your head circumfrence & 4 inches wide)
9 large feathers
3 large silk flowers
4 Inches of black velcro
1 yard of wire (firm enough to hold shape, but flexible enough to be molded- a wire hanger would work well)
Duck tape to tape the two ends of the wire together.
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
Sewing machine and sewing equipment

Step 1: Draw Your Ideas

I sat down with a pen and crayons and put my ideas on paper. This helps you start to think of new ideas as you go, and the ideas for hat bands for this hat are endless. You can create new hat bands with different colors or patterned ribbon. Use different types of flowers with ribbons, feathers or beads to go with it. You can go with a different inside color if black is not for you. I chose to use black and white because it goes with almost everything. I drew out different shapes because I made this hat to have a flexiable brim so you can shape it how you would like. Let your imagination take you for a ride, and draw out what you are shooting for!
Absolutely fabulous! I love convertibles! :)
That is TOO CLEVER. And I love how it looks as a hat! Well done!
Oh, that is so fun! I love huge hats like that (I don't have any so now I guess I can make one with this Instructable)! Awesome idea to give it two functions :)
Thank you!!! It was fun, and fun to wear. I had a lot of people that loved it, I bet yours will turn out great, you are very creative!!!! Post some pictures when you get it done :)

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