As a college student on a budget and a DIY queen, I always say, “Why buy when you can DIY?” In other words, why spend tons of money on something that is incredibly easy to make yourself, for half the price?
One of this summer’s must-haves is beach hats with bold statements or words embroidered on them. They’re all over social media, fashion blogs, online, and in stores. Of course, being a Style Guru, I just had to have one, but I thought that they were a little too expensive. I tried finding one on sale, but I had no luck. Finally, I decided to make one myself because not only would I save money but I could personalize my hat. I wouldn’t have to worry about it looking “cliche.”
Here’s a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to create your own embroidered beach hat:
1—A canvas or straw wide brim hat. I bought this one at Target, for just $12!
2—A pencil or Sharpie.
3—At least one foot of thread, twine, or yarn (you may need more or less depending on the size of your letters and the length of your word).
4—An embroidery needle.
1—Think of a word or phrase that you’d like to put on your hat. I came up with the phrase “Shell Yeah!” to express my enthusiasm for the beach. Begin by lightly writing the words with the pencil or Sharpie in big letters, on the far right side of the back of your hat. For a shorter word or phrase, start the beginning of the word closer to the center of the hat.
2—Using your needle and thread, hand-stitch each letter.
It’s that simple! Now, go to the beach and rock your hat on with confidence!
The beauty of DIY fashion is that you can give your project a sense of originality, personalize it, and make it your own.
If you create your own embroidered beach hat, I’d love to see it! Share it on social media by tagging @Cfashionista!