Friday, June 5, 2009

how to make a hat clip - another great father's day idea!

My dad probably loses at least 2 hats each summer when he’s fishing/boating. We found a hat clip at Boaters World, but it was so ugly. It was a neon green shoelace coil. I know it is supposed to be functional, but you don’t have to give up looking good, too. This year I made him a hat clip to help prevent the hat from flying off into Puget Sound. This is very similar to our baby binky clip tutorial. I used plain black ribbon because he probably would like that. I saw some University of Washington ribbon at the store and this would have been really cute made up with that. I am sure there are other people out there that are not fisherman or boaters that could use a hat clip--it makes a great Father's Day gift!

Hat Clip Tutorial

What you'll need:

*Ribbon (or a strap made from fabric)
*Sewing machine
*Clip—I just pulled the clip part off of a name badge. The name badge was the type that they hand out at conferences and fairs. My husband goes to quite a few of these so we had a few floating around. If you don’t have access to one of these badges, you can use mitten clips found at your local craft store.

1. Cut your ribbon to about 12 inches. The actual length of the ribbon between the hat and collar should be around 7 ½ to 8 inches.

2. Install your snaps. The back of the snap box had some clear instructions. Make sure you make your loop big enough to fit around the adjustable part of the hat.

3. Thread the ribbon through the hole of the name badge clip. Sew it down.

4. Use Fray Check on all exposed ribbon edges and your done.

5. If your husband wears fitted hats that don’t have an adjustable part, you can skip the snap part and sew mitten clips to both ends of the ribbon.

6. Snap the end piece around the opening in the hat, and clip the other side to your shirt collar. That hat isn't going anywhere!

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3 Responses to “how to make a hat clip - another great father's day idea!”

The Nedrys said...

You can make these as pacifier clips too! I have several and it is wonderful when my little guy spits out his pacifier and it just hangs from his shirt instead of hitting the floor! said...

This is such a great idea, especially for boating. I love it! I'll be linking.

harrymvt said...

Thanks! I'm a sailor, and I've lost count of how many caps have blown off (and sunk) while I'm sailing.

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