How to Make a Straw Cowboy Hat
- 1). Make a sketch of your cowboy hat using graph paper and a pencil. Decide what you want each square of the graph paper to represent. For example, one square can equal 1 inch. This type of planning will make Step 2 easier.
- 2). Sketch out the same design on your poster board, making sure to draw each piece--such as the brim and top--separately. Essentially, you're making your own 3D pattern in exact measurements. Tape together the segments so you can adjust the measurements as necessary.
- 3). Carefully pull the hat pieces from the 3D model apart once you are happy with the measurements and look of the cowboy hat.
- 4). Copy each hat segment from your 3D model in straw by sewing the braid in a spiral with a slight overlap and then zigzagging over the overlap with a long stitch. Double twine string and an upholstery needle are perfect for this job as straw is more difficult to sew through than more conventional materials.
- 5). Once each segment of the cowboy hat has been reproduced in straw, sew each segment together. Make sure to sew together the very edges of the segments so the measurements remain the same.