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Where I fix my straw sunhat.  


come see the video on youtube and give it a thumbs up for youtubelove


I tried both darning and patching the holes in this broken hat.  Both repair methods have their charm and if the damage hadn't been so bad, I liked darning better.  But as it was, it's good to have options.

 
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I'm with you in finding it difficult to find a hat that fits. I've pretty much had to alter them to fit for non-windy weather, and use a string on really windy days.

My farm hat has had the whole top patched once, and the patch has worn out. I don't think I have any scraps of linen, and the old jeans sure didn't last as long as I'd hoped!
 
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What a lovely idea!! And using linen is perfect! I love the look - both of your patches and your inspiration's darning. I recently repaired a little news-boy style cap that I'd crocheted for my youngest daughter, when she was a toddler. She found it again, in my things, several years ago and at 20 something, was bummed that it didn't fit, anymore. I laughed, and told her I'd make her another, if I could find the same thread, and when we found a hole in it, she asked if I'd be able to repair it, so she could have it for her someday baby.

Early this spring, I finally found the thread - an exact match! So, I bought two balls, repaired the little one - almost unnoticeably, and started another, to fit her, now. I'm struggling to get it to " make it look just like the little one? Please?" because it has to be so much bigger! I'm working on it, but can't get it to lay right - yet. But, both of us really have trouble getting hats to fit properly, because our heads are small and oval, not round, like most hats seem to be made.
 
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Love that!  I'm not a hat wearer...but this is like how I patch my underwear.  haha

If you cared about aesthetics more, you could also cut a patch into a butterfly shape, or something, and sew that on.  Just a thought...although straight lines are easier to sew!
 
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I was subscribed, so I saw it come up ;)
that seems like it should be worth oddball points in PEP, no?
 
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I admire your ingenuity and will be passing your idea on to my wife who owns a similar hat which is about a decade old and beginning to need some TLC.
 
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Nice!  First time I ever “liked” a you tube video!

I’m curious what happened to the weight and balance of the hat, and if additional weight on one side changed the size and shape of the hat… with the straw rearranging itself into a new configuration (group identity?)

Maybe my head and scalp are too sensitive, but I can imagine the headaches and feelings of strangeness I might get….  Also, I might have tried applying the patches with fabric glue.  Did you use any glue on yours?
 
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Thekla McDaniels wrote:Nice!  First time I ever “liked” a you tube video!

I’m curious what happened to the weight and balance of the hat, and if additional weight on one side changed the size and shape of the hat… with the straw rearranging itself into a new configuration (group identity?)

Maybe my head and scalp are too sensitive, but I can imagine the headaches and feelings of strangeness I might get….  Also, I might have tried applying the patches with fabric glue.  Did you use any glue on yours?



Thank you.

The amount of missing material in the hat was significant so the fabric ended up helping to balance it a bit.  Because I quilted it, it did change the shape a bit, but I just wet the hat and shaped it into the slant I like.  Then I put it down and it got bent and dried in that shape, so I need to block it again.  

I've never used fabric glue so I don't know what it's like.  Let me know if you try it, I would love to see how it turns out.  
 
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