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How To Make A Straw Boater Hat – Diy Cancan Hat Tutorial ^_^

May 5, 2010 by

Cancan hats are another trend that seems to be everywhere right now so here’s a cancan hat tutorial ^_^

Of course they’ve been around for practically forever with various names… straw boater, basher, skimmer, katie, senni etc. Here in Aus they are actually part of a lot of private school uniforms. I’ve always loved them because the remind me of picnics in the park with a nice cup of tea!

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Anyway whatever you call it what I’m talking about is this:

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Because they’re popular now they are quite expensive. So I decided to DIY my own ^_^

At the top of the hat you will notice that the whole thing is made of a big spiral of straw which it stitches together. Carefully wedge your scissors into the top of the spiral and cut a few of the stitches.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Gently pull it apart, continue cutting stitches if you need to.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Start unraveling the spiral and cutting the stitches as you go ^_^

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Keep going until you get to around this point:

CanCan Hat Tutorial

When you get to here there are two options depending on the type of hat you started with. Some of these sun hats have very straight sides and some of them are basically a gigantic dome.

If you’re lucky enough to have one with straight sides then you can skip the next few steps.

If you have one with curved sides (like me) you will need to continue unraveling the hat until you to get to a point where the part that’s left is completely straight. This point might be different for you hat but mine was just above the ribbon band here:

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Now you should get your needle ready and thread it.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Ok now it’s time to put it back together so the sides are straight and the top is flat!

Because the straw has been in a curved position for so long you will most likely need to bend it straight before you put it back together. Make sure to be gentle when you do this so you don’t damage it. I straightened it by putting it flat on the floor and gently bending it the other way.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now you need to start winding the straw back into place. You can either do it the right way and stitch it in place or the quick way and hot glue it in place. Either way secure it as you go around.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

You can see that the way I’ve put it back in place is much more vertical than the original pattern.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Keep going until you think your hat is tall enough and then do one more rotation around the top to make sure it is flat enough for the top of the hat not to be on an angle!

CanCan Hat Tutorial

When you’re finished you should cut the excess straw off and secure the ends. I am going to cover the straw end with more decoration at the end so it doesn’t show.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now let’s make the top! Get your left over straw and arrange it on a flat surface in a spiral.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

You should measure the spiral to make sure it fits the top of your hat exactly and pin it in place.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now stitch or glue your top in place.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Continue until it is the right shape and diameter. You should stitch the end of the straw around so it forms a circle like this:

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Cut off the excess and this is what you get:

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Do make sure that it fits the top of the hat before you cut the ends so you don’t have a gaping hole in your hat!

CanCan Hat Tutorial

At this point I cut off the elastic string which holds the hat on your head because it was pointless and in the way.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

Now on the inside of your hat, glue/stitch the top in place :D

CanCan Hat Tutorial

You should get something like this:

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Hurray it has a flat top!!

Now we’ve made the top shorter and flatter the large brim looks a bit silly! So let’s make it shorter :D

Find the edge and snip the stitches. It should come apart very easily.

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I pulled out maybe 3 or 4 rows of it. Now secure the edge back in place.

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And you get this…

Last step is decoration! I wanted a nice big rosette style thing on my hat so I cut off the long tulle tail…

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And added another one of top. This also covers the join around the hat. Again hot glue or sewing is fine here.

CanCan Hat Tutorial

TAADAA!

CanCan Hat Tutorial

And there you have it, an adorable cancan hat that cost me nothing :D And I have another cute hat to add to my arsenal of bad-hair-day-hiding-tools ;)

CanCan Hat Tutorial

What do you guys think? Are any of you going to give the cancan hat tutorial a try?