Hi my dears,
I think I have mentioned on several occasions already that I'm very very fond of hats. Some time ago, I bought and decorated two big straw hats, which I still like to wear. Unfortunately, they are indeed quite big and I never had a proper space to store them. I looked around for hat boxes, but everything I found was either not large enough, too ugly or too expensive.
So obviously I started thinking about making a hat box by myself. Natron then wrote on her blog about how to make fabric-covered cardboard boxes (you can find the original tutorial here. It's written in German, but I think the pictures are quite self-explanatory), which do not only look very pretty, but are also easy to make from inenxpensve materials. Definively my favourite kind of tutorial!
I just changed the shape of my box, since it should be round in the end. For the fabric, I chose one with a very pretty lemon print, which I orignially bought to make a dress with but never managed to because I couldn't settle for a cut I liked, so it kept lying around and taking up space.
I sewed the seams on the rims of the box and the lid with the sewing machine, but naturally I had to make the seams on the edges by hand. Since this seam remained visible, I hid it under an ornamental trim which I simply glued on top of it. Neat, right?
I'm very happy how it turned out, especially how well the box goes with the fabric. Although it keeps reminding me a little of a giant lemon cake (^.^)
For the lining, I took a matching light-green fabric, which was also intended for the never-to-be-made dress.
In case you wondered: yes, it is quite large.
The circumference was given, obviously, by the size of the straw hats. But I must admit, I kind of miss-estimated the height when I planned the box, so it turned out bigger than I expected. However, this mistake doesn't seem to be a fatal one, because now I can stuff all my hats, knitted caps and also my styropor head into it, which makes my room look much more tidy!
Of course, it wouldn't be me if I hadn't seized the opportunity to aquire yet another hat (*.*)
H&M had a lovely selection of bowler-shaped straw hats, so I just couldn't resist to buy one, especially since H&M is so kind to produce hats in different sizes, of which the largest one actually fits my head!
I decorated it with some offwhite cotton lace, fake roses and a tiny bird (^.^)
I love how it turned out, since it matches my current style quite well, some mixture of casual classic lolita and mori girl, so I happened to wear it a lot this summer!