"Make plans and God laughs."
I bought tickets to go to a Derby Party/Fundraiser for MS at a local country club. . . I bought a dress and a hat. . . but now I'm not going. Instead I'll be celebrating my grandfather's life in MI with my family. Do you think my Derby Hat is funeral appropriate?!
I figured I would share my hat anyways in case you are going to a party and want to make a last minute Derby Hat! The only problem is I'm bad about DIY photo taking and once I get into my project I forget to take photos of each step but you'll get the idea.
I went to Michael's and bought silk flowers and some other swag for my hat (don't forget to use their coupon that is on the website every week)! I bought two flowers because I wasn't sure the direction I was going in and wanted options. . .
Jo-Ann Fabrics too. I was able to find a roll of hot pink tulle in the dollar bin and this flower/leave thingy in the wreath section.
Then my mom and I got to work (yes I needed help). We looped the tulle and hot glued that to the hot pink ribbon. There is not really any right or wrong way to do it. I just googled "Derby Hats" and used a few that I liked for my inspiration.
I decided on the big flower (go big or go home) and had to cut the long stem off of it. Once the back of it was flat I just applied hot glue to it and stuck it on (again to the tulle and ribbon).
Then I cut the little flowers and leaves off and glued each in the spot I wanted them. Everything is glued to the ribbon and/or each other. Nothing but the hot pink ribbon is glued right onto the hat. My mom did end up putting a couple of stitches through the center of the flower into the hat to secure it. This will be easy to cut to remove after.
my dress. I got it at Banana Republic and I LOVE it. I love the detail with the stitching at the waist and at the hem. I'm still wearing it on Saturday - just not for the Derby!
Some other tips for making a Derby Hat:
-Buy extra "swag" while at the local craft store. Better to have more than you need and return then to not have what you want when you sit down to make it.
-Go big! Have fun with it. How often do you get to wear a big floppy hat covered in tulle and flowers?! Might as well get out of your comfort zone a bit.
-Be careful with the hot glue gun. I almost burnt my fingers quite a few times!
-Recruit a "crafty" partner to help you. My mom is very good with these kind of projects and I liked having her opinion while doing it. It helps me to get confirmation that it looks cute and not ridiculous! Plus it is helpful to have an extra set of hands while gluing!
-Wear it around the house a few days before to become comfortable in it. Take a lot of selfies. Feel fabulous!
Are you going to a Derby party this year?
Or maybe you are even lucky enough to be going to the actual event!
P.S. When I went to the Banana website to link to my dress I realized it is called "Navy" and it TOTALLY looks black to me. Hence why I have a black hat. I'm surprised by this and glad I didn't have a fashion faux pas! Ha!
P.P.S Emily posted about her DIY Derby Hat last year and I love it (plus she is hilarious) so you should check out her post too!