How to Repair a Straw Hat
Finally! I sewed my hat back together.
Repairing instead of trashing items is just one small part of our Ripples project – learn more About Us.
Many people have seen me wearing Mr. Holey Hat around town, with its straw flaps blowing in the breeze. This hole-filled hat is often how people recognize me in public, noticing the hat first. So many people have commented that it was time for a new hat, or that I should just sew it back together. I. Hate. Sewing. So for the past couple years, the hat became more and more squished, ripped, and torn-looking and less effective at keeping the sun out of my eyes and off my shoulders.
“That hat,” said one woman in a public bathroom, slightly hesitant as she spoke, “gives you the look of…like, a poor farmer. Did you…were you going for that? I mean that could be a good thing I guess too.”
Actually, there are only two reasons why I wear this hat: it’s the only hat I own that’s effective at keeping the sun off, and it’s more comfortable and worn-in than many new hats for sale.
Finally, I have broken down and spent an hour repairing the thing yesterday. To make it more fun, I removed the annoying bow around the hat’s middle, and turned it into a chin strap so that onlookers can no longer enjoy laughing at me as I chase my hat down the street. Sorry, folks. 🙂
It was pretty easy to do – I used scissors, thread and a regular needle to simply sew the holes up. To make the straps, I threaded the ends of the straw rope through the hat, and knotted each end to keep it in place, anticipating more sewing in the future as the wear-and-tear near the knot will eventually make another gap in the hat. I’m pretty satisfied with this project – it made me feel like I could repair broken appliances and sew dresses like superman (yes sewing is a super-hero talent and if superman doesn’t think so he should try it!). This was just a confidence booster for me, and I can keep my familiar old friend the hat!
The hat was so successful I decided to try sewing my second pair of shorts that I could really use in these 100 degree days. I’m wearing them now, but I can’t say the sewing went as well as the hat repair. You can definitely tell these shorts had big holes in the butt. 🙂