Introduction: Ties to Swirly Hat
Ties are SOO cool to work with....
I have this box full of them and I recently published an instructable on how to make a padded glasses case.
Alex in NZ commented and this sparked the idea for
- ties (the ones I used were in part complete and in part remains from earlier projects. I needed the wide top parts)
- aluminum wire plus pliers plus tongs
- a glass head to model the hat onto
- sewing machine
- my first idea was to do something with loads of eyes, that was what the cotton balls were for (did not do it after all)
- not just eyes also teeth, that‘s what the lace trim was for (didn‘t do that either)
Step 1: The Brim
Before I started sewing I measured my head and then picked the right number of ties.
I then sewed the first inch or so of the ties together. After that I put them on the glass head and designed the rest of the hat directly there.
Step 2: Shaping the Hat to the Head
I realized, that one inch wouldn‘t be enough to really start shaping the hat, so I sewed the first 10 cms (4 inches) of the ties together.
Then I layed the ties over the glass head and fixed them in place with needles. I sewed the first seam and then repeated the same mirrorwise on the other side.
I worked my way around the head until I had a very nice hatshape.
Step 3: Adding the Wire
NOW the fun part!
I took some aliminum wire and rounded the tips so that they wouldn‘t pierce the fabric.
I then inserted one wire per tie and pushed it all the way to the tip.
Then I took the longest tie and wound it around all the ties to form something like a knot for a ponytail.
Step 4: Sculpt Away
Now I formed and shaped and loved the look!
I will have to use hairpins to fasten the hat to my head, but I am SOO looking forward to wearing it!
Second Prize in the
Silly Hats Speed Challenge