Having some fun with the Caliente theme, I made a few fun things to use on drives with the Mini club like the Geocaching Drive on yesterday’s post. For those who missed that post, one of the club ‘rules’ is you have to name your car. Ours is red, so DH called it Caliente. You can see the chili peppers hanging from the mirror that he put up when it is parked. I reworked those from dog toys. Today I’ll show how I reworked a thrift store hat to fit the theme, and next time we’ll begin the purse.
Here’s how it started, with an interesting weave on the hat itself, and a small flower decoration. I look for hats in thrift stores as they are much more affordable. If it fits, and is in good condition, I get it. I can make it look any way I like with a few easy steps.
Warming the glue with my heat embosser, the flower lifted off quickly.
Some red silk flowers from the stash and the chili pepper fabric were gathered together.
Cut a strip of fabric, and sew the edges right sides together to form a tube. This would make a finished edge on both sides.
Turn right side out and press.
Glue the strip around the base of the crown of the hat.
Overlap the ends. Pulling the top edge down a little helps to snug the fabric against the crown. It needed just a bit more, so I added some tulle too.
Tie the tulle into a bow, and glue to the back side.
Glue the flowers into place, on top of the tulle bow. Add two more flowers to complete the look.
And there it is. The red color of the flowers brings out more of the red peppers in the fabric. Wearing a hat on our drives and shows keeps the sun off my head and out of my eyes.