I have a number of hats of the Victorian persuasion that I have attacked with a hot glue gun and way too many feathers and ribbons over the years. They survived my attacks and I wore them with a smile. Yes, I have a bit of the Ivy Hisselpenny in me. Well, maybe more than a bit. (Here's a blog on doing it steampunk style.)
But what troubled me was ~ how to trim a neutral colored hat to match several different outfits? I wanted to be able to switch out the trim depending on the dress. Inspired by the magnetic badges at Literary Orange 2011, I sourced some strong rare-earth magnets and Got Creative.
The magnet off of my Literary Orange badge. The metal going into place on a hat band.
My weapon of choice, the hot glue gun,. The metal in place on my wide straw hat.
The magnet in place on the straw topper. Make sure you "line up" your magnets positive to negative.
The hats and trim awaiting action.
Blue/green hat trim ~ used a strip of binding tape glued over the magnet. The blue flowers were sourced from a thrift store $0.50 and the metal flowers were off of an old pair of shoes.
The trim on the two hats. Magnet to magnet seems to work better and be more secure than magnet to metal.
The cream trim. Cannibalized an old decorated hair elastic (my hair is now too short).
The double magnets made it stick out a bit so I added some extra flowers behind, adhered to the side of the magnet.
The final cream flower.
Pink flower off of a hairband from Ross, $2.50. Has the advantage of being already curved.
The finished pink in place.
The finished product!
So excited. I now have plans to make more to go with other dresses. I'm a magnetic hat flower maniac! Be assured, Fashionable Reader, I will tell you all about it here.