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Jan 10, 2017 23:41:42   #
Nana Cheryl
 
I made this Paw Patrol hat for my grandson and wondered if anyone has suggestions that would keep the sides of the cowboy hat stiff and upright? Right now it looks okay, but no one is touching it! lol I'm sure as soon as he wears it the sides are going to buckle in and it will no longer look like a cowboy hat.

Thanks!


 
Jan 10, 2017 23:54:32   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
have you placed wires in the ears?
Jan 10, 2017 23:55:34   #
Bobbie K (a regular here)
 
Great hat! I would suggest a smaller hook would have made it a little stiffer. Otherwise, no suggestions. I love this.
Jan 11, 2017 00:25:13   #
bonniephillips
 
I use pipe cleaners in some of my toys.

While I have not used it, I know that Joann's sells a spray fabric stiffener.
Jan 11, 2017 01:19:13   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
I remember seeing something about crocheting with a heavy fishing line carried along to stiffen things and keep intending to get some so I can try it. It's a little late in your project for that kind of fix I guess. What about fabric stiffener? Do you think that would help?
Jan 11, 2017 04:31:23   #
no1girl (a regular here)
 
GrumpyGramma wrote:
I remember seeing something about crocheting with a heavy fishing line carried along to stiffen things and keep intending to get some so I can try it. It's a little late in your project for that kind of fix I guess. What about fabric stiffener? Do you think that would help?


That is what we used to put in the hems of ballroom dance skirts to make them firm.
 
Jan 11, 2017 04:47:08   #
Knitcrazydeborah
 
This can be "fiddly" but I've done it on several floppy brims. I buy a very fine & flimsy coat hanger and overcast crochet it around the brim. The crochet both holds it in place and disguises the coat hanger. The coat hangers I've used are the flimsy white ones that the dry cleaner uses for shirts. Another option might be the chenille stems used in floral arrangements.
Jan 11, 2017 11:38:22   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
Nana Cheryl wrote:
I made this Paw Patrol hat for my grandson and wondered if anyone has suggestions that would keep the sides of the cowboy hat stiff and upright? Right now it looks okay, but no one is touching it! lol I'm sure as soon as he wears it the sides are going to buckle in and it will no longer look like a cowboy hat.

Thanks!


That is so cute. Fabric store has a spray on stuff that can stiffen fabric... should work on the hat. Can't remember what it was called, but check at a local fabric shop.
Jan 11, 2017 14:20:37   #
bonniephillips
 
The fishing line in the hem reminded me of an article I read in Threads magazine several years ago. In order to make Channel jackets hang properly, they placed a chain in the hem.
Jan 11, 2017 14:49:16   #
tortie (a regular here)
 
That's one awesome hat. Whatever you use your grandson will love it. 🐢
Jan 11, 2017 16:34:56   #
Nana Cheryl
 
Thanks everyone! Yes it is pipe cleaners (chenille sticks) holding the ears up. I did use a much smaller hook to make the hat, but it still isn't very firm. I should have thought more about how to hold it up before I made it. I'll look for that stiffener spray. May end up just giving it to him as is .. afterall he is only 3 :) I still have to glue the paw patrol emblem on the front and that will stiffen the front up.
Great suggestions from everyone!!! Love this site :)
 
Jan 11, 2017 22:57:34   #
Carla584167
 
That little hat is adorable. Bet mama won't be able to get that hat off he or she once they get it. :)
Jan 11, 2017 23:37:32   #
craftynanababs
 
That hat is adorable! My 5 year old gs would beg me to make it, if I had the pattern!
Jan 12, 2017 00:28:06   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Very cute, i'm sure your gs will love it
 
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