Hats off for Buttons Galore!

 Upcycle a Hat for a Spring Garden Party or Wedding, Plus Two Cute Headbands 

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection (DCC) Designer Challenge. This month’s challenge product is from Buttons Galore, and believe me, they definitely have buttons galore! I received an assortment in different sizes, colors and shapes, plus some gorgeous goodies from one of their Trim Collage Kits. The colors were so spring-like, and the styles blended beautifully.

Buttons Galore prizes!
Buttons Galore and Viewtainer (http://viewtainer.typepad.com/blog/) are providing prizes, one for a reader (just go to the Buttons Galore website (http://wp.me/p2hPby-1Du, and leave a comment and your favorite project from the blog hop before March 17) in a random drawing, and one for a participating designer, to be selected by the fine folks at Buttons Galore. 

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This inexpensive hat (less than five bucks at a discount store) is pretty as-is, but I like dressing it up with a pretty hatband for a spring event. Buttons were just the ticket. I began by measuring the diameter of the hat crown, then added about 36” to that measurement to determine the length of the green grosgrain ribbon (Offray). Beginning in the center of the ribbon, I simply attached the large buttons with needle and blue thread, stitching the green, yellow, blue and periwinkle buttons 2 ½” apart. I then took the tiny flower buttons, removed the shank and attached them between the large buttons with Beacon FabriTac. After that it was just a matter of tying it around the hat crown and trimming the streamers to the lengths I wanted.

The headbands were just as simple.

I used the Buttons Galore Dotted Buttons on the black stretchy headband, stitching them so that the sides were touching, to make them about an inch apart when the band was stretched.

I added a couple of inches of ribbon on either side of the gathered ribbon button (from the Buttons Galore Oceanic Trim Collage Kit), trimmed them to fish tails and stitched them onto the blue stretchy headband.

The entire project – a hat and two headbands– was completed in less than an hour from conception to photography. It doesn’t get much quicker than that.

Now I’m off to a party, but sad to say, it isn’t a Spring garden party ,so I can’t wear my classy hat. I can, however, wear the dotted button headband!

I received product from Buttons Galore and  Beacon Adhesives for this project.


Melony Bradley said…
Oh Candice! Dont you just love the Granny's Stitched Buttons. You are the forever fashionista
Terry said…
That hat is the perfect Easter bonnet!
Jean Bullock said…
So I am oohing and aahing over the great hat with the button band and I was pleased to see the ideas for the head band too. My granddaughters would love these. I want the hat though. So cute.
cal8007 said…
What a happy hat; as well as the headbands!!

Thanks for the share!

Carmen L
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Donna Jones said…
Great idea to dress up a plain hat, or just to tie it in with an outfit, love the headbands too :-)
trisha too said…
Very sweet Easter "bonnet," and those headbands are SOOO cute!

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