Using a 14" straw hat purchased from Michael's as a base to make an 1850-60ish looking bonnet.

  • 14" straw hat with approx 4.5" crown (Michael's discontinuing)
  • 4" wide ribbon (Walmart)
  • double wide seam binding
  • lace
  • fabric
  • hot glue and thread
  • artificial flowers, feathers, and trims


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Cut out piece from bonnet. Leave approx. 2" of crown (bottom/inside of hat)
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Steam iron out the top a little and the sides a lot.
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Stitch on lace on the inside brim. Sew on flowers, optional.
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Cut out fabric
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Hot glue back and brim fabric to straw.
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Hot glue or sew fabric.
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Hot glue binding onto edges.
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Sew on curtain. Sew on ribbon. Add flowers.
straw bonnet right Finished bonnet looks like this. Jade cotton no-wale cotton corderoy over straw hat. Black lace on interior brim, black binding and pink satin ribbon ties. Purchased pink flowers on interior and exterior.
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straw bonnet right Charcoal and Red. Straw bonnet covered with charcoal gray/black cotton velvet with black lace front, red 4" ribbon, red rose and apples on one side, red mums on the other side, and red roses on inside brim.
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straw bonnet left Charcoal and Silver. Straw bonnet covered with charcoal gray/black cotton velvet with black lace front, silver 4" ribbon, white feathers, blue/purple flowers, and purple floral on the inside brim.
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straw bonnet right Jade and Red. Straw bonnet covered with jade no wale corderoy with red 4" ribbon, black lace front, red mums, red holiday pick, and red feather.
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straw bonnet right Charcoal cotton no-wale cotton corderoy over straw hat. Black lace on interior brim, black binding and baby blue 4" satin ribbon ties. Purchased blue and purple flowers on interior and exterior. Purple feather.
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straw bonnet right Charcoal and Red. Straw bonnet covered with charcoal gray/black cotton velvet with black lace front, red 4" ribbon, red rose, red feather and red roses on inside brim.
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straw bonnet right Charcoal and Lilac. Straw bonnet covered with charcoal gray/black cotton velvet with black lace front, lilac 4" ribbon, pink and white floral on inside brim, grape pick, and purplish feather.
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straw bonnet right Dark blue with roses. Straw bonnet covered with dark blue polyester suede with black lace front, black 4" ribbon, white floral on inside brim, and blue roses.
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