Infuse new life into a basic hat with this simple technique.
Transition style can be such a difficult code to crack, especially as winter turns into spring. Finding clothes and accessories that keep you warm but emit a fresh spring vibe through color and texture, and layering it all so you can lighten up your look at the day gets warmer, can be a tricky process.
I love shopping winter sale racks for things I can modify to fit that description, like sweaters to cut the shoulders out of, or jeans to slash at the knees and wear leggings under. One of my favorite recent buys is a mint green winter hat from H&M, which I attempted to infuse some new life into via flat back gems.
The result is a new hat that I’m totally in love with, and the whole process only took me about 45 minutes.
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Once you’ve settled on a layout, start from the bottom center and add your first gem by tacking it on from the back, threading through the sewing holes and back into the fabric.
Hint: With knit you’ll have the slightest bit of wiggle room to correct a crooked gem by guiding it with a correcting stitch and pulling the thread taught, but be careful as this may cause a pull in the fabric.
Work your way up the center of your design. This will provide you with a guide for staying symmetrical as you add the other gems. It may also save thread.
Hint: Make small double stitches as you go to prevent the whole design from falling off if you happen to snag and rip the thread at some point.
Once the center is done, work your way out on each side, double checking the design as you go, to ensure everything is aligned.
Attn perfectionists: It might make you more confident to mark off your pattern with a white chalk pencil before you begin sewing the gems that are further away from the center (or you can just eyeball it—clearly I’m not a perfectionist!).