Last January, I finished a upcycled fur hat for a lovely lady named Cindy. She was looking for something that I could upcycle and found pieces of fur and mink stole from her mom’s stuff. She wanted it to be a hat made up of all the pieces she found.
You see last fall, Cindy came to MAWA‘s Fall Supper and won the bidding for “Upcycle or Repurpose Whatever You Want” skill . MAWA is a non-profit women’s group that advocates to recognize and support women in the visual arts which I am so privileged to be a board member of . Though there is government funding, like any other non profit group, the organization has several events that are done annually for fundraising like the Fall Supper. In that wonderful night of enjoying a great meal and great conversations, we also had a skills auction and a 50/50 draw. The skill I offered was to upcycle and that was what Cindy got.
It was the holidays when I got the materials so we agreed that I would do it by January. We both enjoyed the holidays and then the hat was done.
So if you have similar stuff lying around, let me show you how I did this upcycled hat and maybe you’ll be inspired to make something upcycled, too.
Old fur and mink stole
Needle and thread
These were the pieces of fur and mink stole I had to work with. Two pieces already was a hat piece and 4 pompoms.
I chose the light colored hat piece. Then I used the dark brown mink stole to wrap around the rim.
Then I flipped the hat inside out and pinned the fur to it. I hand stitched the fur to the rim with dark brown thread. I cut off the excess and sewed the edge.
There was also a mocha colored mink stole that I decided to attach to the dark brown fur. Again hand stitched it using a beige thread. I did not cut the excess though. What I did was I let the two edges go across each other and then sewed it that way. More like an X formation.
Then it was time to work on the pompoms. I bundled them together and used glue gun to make them all cuddle up in bunch. I knew that this would look good placed at the center of a flower.
So I used felt and cut a flower shape.
I cut another flower shape smaller than the previous one.
I sewed up the pieces together and used glue gun to attach the pompoms to the center.
Then sewed up the felt flower to the side of the hat.
Upcyled Fur Hat
This is how the back of the hat looked like. The hat was finished but I was not sure if Cindy would like how it turned out.
But she did like it! Yahoo!
You can totally rock this!