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« on: January 09, 2011 11:50:56 AM »

So my idea is to make up some basic hats in different colors/patterns/sizes, and then have a bunch of different accessories to mix and match - fridgie style.

But how can I attach the do-dads to the hats so they can come off and on without damaging the hat, such as with clips.  Does this make sense???

My MIL suggested snaps or velcro...snaps might work, but I'm worried about the pulling action warping the hat's stitches.

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011 11:55:08 AM »

whenever i want detachable things for my hats (usually flowers) i just put some yarn on the accessory (usually it's crocheted too, so i just loop it through, but if what you're making isn't crocheted you could probably just glue or tie the yarn on some way), then just tie the yarn around a couple of the crochet stitches.  does that make sense?  i could take some pictures of it if you need a visual.

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011 12:40:57 PM »

That does make sense, but I'm looking more for something that I could sell someone and they can do themselves to change the look of their hat.

I thought of a bobby pin but I'm worried the accessory would fall off the pin, or a safety pin, but this is primarily for kids' hats and sharp things and kids don't mix so well.

I'm googling like crazy for inspiration!  There are lots of detachable accessories on etsy and such, but people are smart and don't show the back of the accessory.  That will just make it that much more of an "Aha!" moment when I figure this puzzle out!
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011 04:14:03 PM »

I attach a pin bar to the flowers and bows I make.
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Hope this helps. I generally get the steel ones as they average less than a half penny each.
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011 05:28:23 PM »

Thanks for the visual sewhappysue.

I think I'll just bite the bullet and use something with a pointy end.  Honestly if the customer doesn't want detachable, it takes 2 minutes to sew the piece on.

I have tomorrow off, and since I drive a van and my hubby has a big truck, and we had a giant dump of snow on the weekend, I'll have to test my convincing skills to see if he'll drive me to a craft store.  Then again, since Michael's is right next to Future Shop, this might be do-able!

Thanks so much for everyone's advice...if anyone else thinks of something, feel free to chime in...I'm just getting started on this "buy stuff, sell it, have fun while making some money" thing!


ps - Craftster rocks!  And do prove it, my next project is a hat (for myself for once)...to honor this great site!
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011 09:49:34 PM »

Good luck Christina. I sell a lot of hats. I make them plain and sell the decorations separately. Depending on the work that goes into it the flowers or bows go from $1.00 to $5.00. I've had people buy a hat/beanie then half dozen different decorations. I love the pin bars as you can sew them to the decoration or hot glue them. Looking forward to seeing your work and welcome to Craftster!
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2011 02:40:14 PM »

I bought some pin bars today at Michael's.  I don't have hot glue or anything to stick them on, but I think I'll try wrapping the long tail that I usually leave on for sewing around the bar instead and see how that holds up.

Sewhappysue - you say you sell the accessories for a dollar or more.  What do you sell the hat for then?  For instance just a basic double crochet beanie?  Or maybe one with basic shells?  Mine are kid sized.  I also make some animal hats - they're a lot  more work though, so I'd add several dollars onto those!

I want to price them reasonably so I see some return, but if you overprice yourself, you're never going to sell anything and then there's NO return!
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