How to monogram a straw hat

By on May 3rd, 2018
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Guess what next weekend is?  It’s Mother’s Day! EEEEEEEK.  And, I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what to get my mom or my mother-in-law. They are both REALLY hard to buy for! They are in the mid-70s, have everything they need, and (fortunately), have the means to buy just about anything they want (within reason). So, once again, I’m stumped.

If you happen to be in my shoes, here’s an idea that might help you out. A few years ago I got the idea to monogram a straw hat after seeing some in the fancy gift stores around town. So, I decided to make them for my mother and mother-in-law for Mother’s Day.

Surprisingly, it actually was pretty easy.  Both loved the hats and actually wore them! A lot. In fact, the gifts were such hits that my sister, friends, and sisters-in-law requested monogrammed hats, and I ended up making several more throughout the summer. Even my husband (who usually doesn’t get too excited about my embroidery projects) requested that I make one for his secretary.  (Don’t worry, there was reciprocity with this transaction.)

Why a monogrammed straw hat makes a great gift

Although I’ve given this gift to death, and it won’t be my Mother’s Day gift this year, a monogrammed straw hat is a pretty perfect gift, because…

    1. It’s useful.  Most moms will be outside at some point this summer, and most have enough common sense to protect their skin from the sun.
    2. It fits anyone.  No concerns about finding the right size.  Straw hats are pretty much one-size-fits-all.
    3. It’s really inexpensive.  There are several available on Amazon for under $20, for example: FURTALK Womens Beach Sun Straw Hat UV UPF50  or this cute floppy hatI’ve also found straw hats at Target, Walmart, etc…
    4. It’s personalized, duh! Who doesn’t love something made just for them?
    5. It’s easy to embroider.  The brim is nice and flat, which is where you will do the embroidery. Monogramming straw hats is unlike embroidering on a baseball cap which can be challenging to embroider since the embroidery usually goes on the front of the hat and it’s curved.

How to monogram a straw hat

  1. Hoop a piece of sticky back stabilizer, score the edges to remove the paper backing and mark the center point of the hoop on the sticky stabilizer.
  2. Mark the intended center point of the design on the hat using a disappearing ink pen.
  3. Stick the brim of the hat on the adhesive stabilizer lining up the center point on the brim with the center point on the stabilizer.
  4. Lay a piece of water soluble topper on top OR use a craft foam sheet as an alternative to the sulky in the color of the thread.  The craft foam sheet prevents the stitches from getting lost in the valleys of the straw hat and keeps the stitched letters looking solid.
  5. Start stitching out your monogram.  Be sure to pick a really pretty monogram font for monogram to give the hat some class and style.  I like the Fancy Monogram Font, Scarlette Monogram Font, or the Kennedy Monogram Font
  6. And choose a thread color that suits your recipient.  You could even make a custom band for the hat in a cute fabric that coordinates with the stitching.

Ok – so now that you have your perfect Mother’s Day gift – send some ideas my way!

Good Luck & Happy Stitching & …

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU MOTHER’S OUT THERE! I’m talking to you – the one in the sewing room in the middle of the night making magic happen with your embroidery machine!


How to monogram a straw hat

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