DIY // appliquéd ribbon statement sunhat

I think by now we can all agree that the statement tee is a wardrobe staple. After all, it’s the perfect way to express what’s on your mind that day… but without actually having to talk to strangers. When brainstorming our latest DIY, we wondered why not apply the same logic to another summertime staple — the wide-brimmed sunhat, to be precise! Get ready, because this DIY is the perfect way to keep the sun from scorching your cheeks, all while making quite the statement…





First, sketch a few ideas of what cheeky saying you want to broadcast to the beach on your sunhat. Next, begin laying out your lettering. Hold your ribbon in place with as much washi tape as you need.


After the first couple of letters, I really got into a good rhythm. It became methodic and relaxing, almost a meditation in ribbon and cursive (editor’s note: Ok, Gwen…) I will warn you, this does take quite a bit of patience to get everything just right, so take your time and enjoy the process. It’s totally worth it in the end!


Once you’re happy with the lettering, it’s time to fix the ribbon in place with a craft essential, Fabri-Tac! Add a drop of glue under the ribbon and press down for a few seconds. Once the glue has dried, remove the washi tape and move on to the next section. Repeat until your entire length of ribbon is securely attached to the hat.


Ta-Da! So cute, right??

Also, while planning this DIY and photoshoot, Joanna and I came up with a ton of ideas for sayings and wanted to share our favorites with you:

  • hello!
  • bon voyage
  • sun sand & sunshine
  • tequila time
  • ahoy there


As promised, here are some sunhats that would be perfect for this project:



Now, go have some fun in the sun!

project by Material Delight for Jojotastic.

Art direction by Jojotastic.

Photography by Meghan Klein.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this ribbon letter hat tutorial! And if you make one, be sure to post a photo and tag @jojotastic on Instagram so we can see.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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  1. 5.23.16
    Cynthia said:

    Fun! What a great way to customize the message on your sunhat. I love the loopy playfulness of a ribbon as a writing tool.