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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will mend a hole in a hat.

Holes in hats can be mended in various ways. Knit hats can be repaired by darning, duplicate stitching, patching. Repair cloth hats and caps by darning, patching, or embroidering.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - repair to a hole in a hat or cap
 - use natural materials like cotton or wool

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
 - show the hat with the hole to be repaired
 - show the tools and materials you will use
 - show the repair in progress
 - show your hat with the hole repaired!

Related Articles:
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Related Videos:

How to repair a straw hat (darning and patching)

How to repair a wool hat

This one is for holes in general, but could be used to repair hats.

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I was rearranging my hat and scarf drawer, and ran across my husband's old hat. His mom had crocheted it for him, and moths apparently really like yellow wool (another hat in the drawer also had it's yellow section eaten. I think the yellow wool gets more bleached and damaged to get dyed, and so it's easier for the moths to eat?)

Holey hat because moths are hungry

A while back, we were at a thrift store and found bags of wool rug yarn. There was probably 100+ skeins of different colors. I couldn't resist getting them "just in case I needed them for darning something," and I'm so glad I did!

Darning it with matching wool yarn and a big ol' tapestry needle.

This was actually the second hole on this hat that I mended. You can see the first at the top. I kind of got a bit more of a feel for how to darn it more naturally. It's not perfect, but it won't unravel, and my husband is happy to still have his hat!

The woolen rainbow hat is now mended and ready for use again!
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I attempted to darn but ended up patching my holey hat.

short video (under 2 min) showing the steps

Full video explaining the steps in more detail

permies thread about the hat repair
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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Good job keeping going until you found a way to mend it!

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