Just call me the local Milliner


 Feathers and sunshine, what more can you want from this world?

  • An old hat (any hat will do, I found mine collecting dust in a dark corner of my house)
  • Glue gun
  • Glue gun sticks
  • A scrap piece of paper
  • Feathers (Click to find: Pink rooster feathersOrange rooster feathers and the peasant tail feathers. I’m sure there are peacock feathers on eBay too, the ones I used I’ve had since I was 16)
  • Lace, detail, ribbon (Click to find: Tribal lace)
  • Scissors
  • Some snippy snips (I don’t know what their official craft name is)



Plug in your glue gun and place it on top of your scrap piece of paper (to catch gluey drips). While it heats up cut your detail to size. Make it 2/3 inches longer than it needs to be. When your glue gun is hot enough start to apply the glue on the lace NOT the hat. The key is to get glue in this type of pattern all the way around:

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Stick it down one glue rectangle at a time to ensure you keep the detailing in line. When you get to the end find an edge that lines up with your pattern and cut the lace as neatly as possible, leaving a 1cm  excess to fold over and glue down to create a clean edge. Once you have done this and  glued down the edges it’ll look like:


Step 2.

Feather time. Use snippy snips to cut your feathers to size. Arrange first, take a picture THEN snip, I don’t want to be held responsible for silly mistakes. The key is to not use too much glue. It’s fiddly work but the result is so worth it. Glue small formations of feathers together first at the bottom of the stalk. This will make adding them to your hat less fiddly.

I used the tip of one of my peacock feathers to hide the stalks of the other feathers and messy glue clumps. Sneaky genius, I know.

Step 3.




Kisses from cornwall

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