Embroidered Hat Band
- Straw hat
- Batik or cotton fabric
- Pellon Iron-on Fleece
- DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss: (155) Blue Violet-MD DK, (700) Bright Green, (702) Kelly Green, (704) Bright Chartreuse, (970) Pumpkin-LT, (3831) Raspberry-DK
- JHB International Petal Power Buttons, 3/4”: Blue Violet (21567), Orange (21568), Fuchsia (21566)
- Mill Hill Glass Beads: Yellow and Christmas Green
- YLI Silamide Natural Beading Thread, size A
- White tissue paper
scissors, measuring tape, long straight pins, pressing cloth, iron and ironing board, rotary cutter and cutting mat, paintbrush, plastic bowl, plastic knife or fork, plastic lid (to hold beads)
- Needles: size 26 chenille; crewel, sizes 6 and 7
- Freezer paper
- Prym-Dritz Heat Transfer Pencil
- Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
- 1. Use crewel needles for embroidery stitches and chenille needle for stitches with beads and bead attachment. Use knot in end of thread. To end thread or Silamide beading thread, run it under several previously worked stitches on backside of fabric; tie off. To attach beads, use double strand of Silamide beading wire knotted on end.
- 1. Press tissue paper on lowest setting. Press fabric to remove wrinkles. Print out full-size patterns.
- 2. Determine the width of band and length needed. Cut piece of tissue paper to this measurement. Set aside. (Note: To determine amount of fabric, iron-on fleece, and tissue paper needed, use measuring tape to measure around hat. Designer had hat that measured 23-1/2” diameter so she used 1-3/4”x27-1/2” measurement to cut fabric, fleece, and tissue paper. The band is cut on bias of fabric so designer purchased 1/2 yard of fabric. The fleece is cut across width of fabric. The pattern width and length can be adjusted to hat size.) Test width and length around the hat with cut tissue paper length. If necessary, adjust size of tissue paper and pattern for tracing.
- 3. Using tissue paper measurement, add 4” to length and cut fabric strip to this measurement on the bias. Cut fleece across width of fleece same size as fabric strip. Set fleece aside.
- 4. On work surface, place sheet of freezer paper shiny side up. Place fabric strip on freezer paper right side up. In plastic bowl, mix (1:2) mixture tacky glue and water. Use plastic knife to mix together until glue mixture is smooth and thin. Use paintbrush to apply small amount of mixture evenly over fabric strip from edge to edge. For best results, dip brush into mixture and wipe off excess on side of dish before brushing mixture on fabric. Be sure all fabric receives glue mixture preventing fraying. Smooth fabric and let dry for several hours.
- 5. When fabric is dry, use low-temp iron with pressing cloth under and on top of fabric to press out any wrinkles. (Note: The pressing cloth under and on top will protect iron and surface from glue.)
- 6. Position fabric on pressing cloth on ironing board. Center fleece strip on fabric strip. Follow manufacturer’s instructions on iron-on fleece to fuse it to back of fabric strip. Let strip cool on ironing board.
- 7. Use Heat Transfer Pencil to trace flower pattern on strip of tissue paper. (Note: Follow directions that come with pencil for proper application.) When tracing pattern onto tissue paper, make dot where button (grey flower on pattern) is to be attached. (Note: The pattern has straight lines on side which act as guide when lining up pattern on center of tissue paper strip.) Repeat pattern along tissue paper strip. Line up pattern centering dots in center of buttons. Keep straight lines parallel to edges of tissue paper strip. (Note: Keeping pattern straight across strip ensures vine will match when finishing band.)
- 8. Position fabric on pressing cloth on ironing board. Center (width and length) traced tissue strip on fabric strip keeping it centered. (Note: There should be extra fabric on both sides of strip for finishing.) Secure pattern to fabric strip by positioning pins through pattern/fabric into ironing board cover. Press iron on pattern transferring pattern onto fabric strip. Let cool.
- 9. Use 3 strands of DMC 702 Kelly Green to stem stitch leaves. Use 3 strands of DMC 704 Bright Chartreuse to stem stitch leaf veins. See Stem Stitch Diagram.
- 10. Use 4 strands of DMC 3831 Raspberry-DK, 155 Blue Violet-MD DK, or 970 Pumpkin-LT to satin stitch flowers. Work stitches starting in center of each petal, working the number of side stitches needed to fill up petal. See Satin Stitch Diagram. (Note: Designer used following color pattern: Fuchsia button, stitched blue violet, Orange button, stitched fuchsia, Blue Violet button, stitched orange.) Repeat stitched pattern across band.
- 11. Use 2 strands Natural Silamide to attach three Yellow beads on center of each stitched flower. Attach buttons using 2 strands of Natural Silamide with Yellow beads. Pull beads snug as you insert thread into fabric.
- 12. Use 3 strands of DMC 700 Bright Green to attach Christmas Green bead with bead chain stitch to work vine. See Bead Chain Stitch Diagram. If vine line is too close to button or stitched flower, work chain stitch without beads. (Note: Test length of stitched band around hat. Stitch additional small section of vine if needed.)
- 13. Place band around hat to see how it fits. With one end folded and pinned under, lay over other fabric end and tighten band around hat lining up vine. Use straight pins to mark where band will join at back of hat. Remove band from hat.
- 14. Trim band as needed, leaving 1-1/2” folded under. Position band on hat and secure with pins. Fold end over and glue in place.
by Linda Wyszynski for Hearthside Creations