If you’re like me, you might like hats to match the clothes you (or someone else) are wearing.
I crocheted a hat out of a pattern book titled “Cute and Cozy Caps” by Leisure Arts, with designs by Lori Adams. The pattern is called the “ruffled pillbox” and I can’t copy it here because it’s a copyrighted pattern, but you can buy the book if you want to.
Here is a link to Amazon to pick up the book, Cute and Cozy Caps.
I've made several hats from this book, as shown in the main photo. As part of the pattern, it calls out to “sew a flower” onto the hat. I didn't want to do that because it makes it ~almost~ impossible to wash a hat with a synthetic flower on it, without destroying the flower.
These are the instructions on how I attached different colored flowers to this (or any other) crocheted, knitted or handmade hat.
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Step 1: What You Will Need
• Various colors of Flowers – I used different colored daisies
• Scissors (or wire cutters if needed)
• Sewing Machine or needle with thread matching the Velcro color
• Hat you will be putting this flower embellishment on
Step 2: Prepare the Flower
Pull the stem off of the flower.
Remove the plastic covering that holds the flower to the center stem.
Flattening out the flower on your workspace, use your scissors (or wire cutters) to cut the stem to as close as possible to the flower fabric, without cutting the flower fabric.
The flower fabric will pop up, but the base of the flower should still be there.
Pull off two or three of the layers of the flower fabric to sew the Velcro to.
Step 3: Sew the Velcro on the Flower
After removing the Velcro from the package, using the 'scratchy side' on the flower, (such a technical term, I know) place the Velcro in the center of the back of the two layer of flower fabric that you will be sewing it onto, scratchy side up.
Sew the Velcro onto the removed layers of flower fabric, scratchy side up. This can also be done by using a needle and thread. I used my sewing machine.
Trim all the excess string when sewing is complete.
Step 4: Glue the Flower Back Together
Using a small amount (a pea-size) of tacky glue on the bottom layers of flower fabric, glue the bottom layers back to the top layers of the flower fabric, as the original flower appeared.
You can (optionally) use a heavy book to flatten out the flower and help the layers adhere while it dries overnight. Be careful which book you choose, as the glue may squeeze out onto the cover.
Step 5: Sew the Velcro to Your Hat
Sew the softer piece of Velcro to the hat you are going to embellish. Again, I used my sewing machine. Be careful when you cut the excess string! You don’t want to ruin the hat.
After the flower part has dried, place it on your hat, Velcro piece to Velcro piece.
The downside to this hat is that the Velcro will always be sewn on it. I personally think the hats shown here are good examples of hats that NEED flowers and even the author of the patterns show flowers on them.
That should be it! Enjoy matching the flowers to the different outfits!
Personally, as my daughter grows, I am going to make different hats and use the same flowers over and over again!