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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Weaving a Pillbox hat from grass

A Pillbox is a round hat with upright sides, a flat top, and no brim.

This is the basic pattern used to weave a hat. It is actually very easy to weave. If you get the first strand (or garland) right it is just basic weaving until the hat is the size you need. See the Tutorial below for more information about basic weaving patterns and how to weave a hat with a brim

Eight blades of grass

You will need 8 short blades of grass and one long garland of lily grass to weave with. Make the garland by gluing blades of grass into a continuous length.

Work on a flat surface to get the weave started. As this hat has no brim, we are working on the ball of the hat. Work in pairs and lay the first two pieces on your working surface.

Weave tha grass

Weave in the blades of grass in an "over and under" pattern

Weave in the long garland of grass

Weave in the long garland of grass

Let the one leg of the grass extend.

Let the one leg of the grass extend. This will add another leg to weave through so that you have an uneven number. Fold the blade of grass over...

And under

And under. For the first few weaves we weave in pairs

Fold the blade of grass down and weave

Fold the blade of grass down and weave

Fold to the side and weave

Fold to the side and weave. Incorporate the first blade of grass from the garland and weave it in

This is our basic weaving pattern

This is our basic weaving pattern

Open up the strands and weave the grass garland through

Open up the strands and weave the grass garland through

Flair open the other side and weave through

Flair open the other side and weave through

Continue weaving around and around

Continue weaving around and around

When the top of the hat is the right size fold the strands up

When the top of the hat is the right size fold the strands up

Weave the garland around the hat to create the upright sides

Weave the garland around the hat to create the upright sides

Wiggle the garland down to create a sturdy side weave

Wiggle the garland down so that each blade of grass is close to the one before to create a sturdy side weave

Test the size of the hat

Test the size of the hat

To end the weave fold each strand of grass either over or under the garland strand

To end the weave fold each strand of grass either over or under the garland strand following the weaving pattern.

Your hat design is ready to design with

Your Pillbox hat design is ready to design with

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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