As you are all fully aware, I like wearing hats. Not only can they be an exciting fashion accessory, but they play in an important role in sun protection! It was only two months ago that we were experiencing 46° heat, not to mention the high intensity UV.
Of course, with thick, long AND dark hair I have a dilemma; when it’s hot, I want to wear my hair up so that it’s out of my face and off my neck. However, it’s impossible to fit a hat over the top.
Wear a baseball cap you say? Insufficient shade, and the sporty look is not always suitable. A visor? Re: insufficient shade! And whilst I’ve seen full-brim visors (360° around) it leaves the top of your head exposed to both heat and scalp burn.
So I thought; why not have a full brim hat with just a tiny hole for your hair. Et voila!
Hair-hole Hat Tutorial
Tools and Materials: Wide brim straw hat (thinner straw is easier to work with)
PVA glue (or other fray-checking medium)
Tailors Chalk/soft pencil
Scissors (fairly sharp/heavy duty to cut through the straw)
Needle and thread
Before we start: Basically this is just cutting a hole into an existing hat and sealing the edge with bias tape to prevent fraying.
This Tutorial can be summed up in 4 simple steps:
- Try on hat and mark ponytail hole
- Cut hole and seal edge with glue
- Sew bias tape to cover the hole edges (aesthetics and structural reinforcement
In case you want better instruction I’ve written out what I did in more detail:
- Try on hat and mark ponytail hole: Wear the hat and use a soft pencil to mark the height at which you normally wear your ponytail. Go over this mark with an x and use a circular object to trace a circle (I used a mini roll of tape of the same circumference as a hairtie, for a rough guide)
- Cut hole and seal edge with glue: Use the scissors to pierce/cut into the centre of the circle and then cut in a spiral shape to the edge of circle. This is where sharp scissors are important; too much movement and repeated snips can unravel the hat, depending on the weave of your hat. So be careful not to separate the threads too much and then seal the edge with glue immediately
- Sew bias tape to cover the hole edges (aesthetics and structural reinforcement): Since this is a fairly sharp curve, use small stitches to maintain smoothness. The tape neatens up the hole, and also covers the exposed edges to prevent further fraying. For further reinforcement, I actually blanket-sticheted the raw straw itself and did a second coat of glue before sewing on the bias tape.
This hat has served me well! My only thought is that I made the hole too small for a bun, which is my usual hairstyle of choice in extreme heat to avoid sweaty neck-hair contact. But this hasn’t been an issue yet, since the brim prevents hair-on-neck contact.
Thoughts? Questions? xx