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I DIY'd this hat for the Girl Scout Dad in my life. He loves being a scout dad but finds the official options a bit lacking sometimes. Don't tell him I probably wear it more than he does!
This is a super easy project that can be done in just a few minutes with minimal materials. Just grab a needle and thread, whatever hat you want to use, and a cute patch.
Of course moms can wear it too. I'm wearing this one on the About page.
Start with any old hat. This one is comfortable and he liked the color, but my husband didn't care for the cartoon character.
Choose a patch. Any patch that looks good on your hat and that you like will do. My husband chose this council patch. He says it's "manly!"
Place the patch by hand where you want it. The lab tape helps hold it in place and helps you get it on straight.
Start with a looong thread on your needle that roughly matches the color of the patch border. You can choose to use either a straight stitch that goes up and down through the patch, or a whip stitch that wraps around the outer border. Either one will look fine, provided your color matches pretty well. Tie a knot at the end of your thread, start from the inside of the hat, and hand-sew all the way around. For these pictures I used a straight stitch (that just means a basic up-and-down -- they don't have to actually be straight!) Continue sewing until you get back to the beginning, then tie a knot on the inside of the hat. All done!
On this super close up shot you can just barely see the green straight stitches snuggled up against the patch border.
As always, thanks for reading. Please let me know how this project worked for you! Share a picture of yours at my facebook post on this project.
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