Easy-Peasy Derby Hat DIYs (with Scarves!)

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DIY derby hats

Spring’s finally in full swing, and so is the greatest Southern event of the season: the Kentucky Derby. Any reason to get gussied up in a sweet sundress, pretty pumps, and classic pearls — and sip on a mint julep all day in the sunshine — is perfectly fine with us. ;) But our absolute favorite part of the Derby? The wide-brimmed beauties, retro cloches, and mile-high hats!

This year, we decided to Derby-fy our hats with our favorite batch of spring scarves. So grab your fanciest scarf and sun hat, and be sure to try out these easy-to-follow tutorials:

1. Wide Brim Wrap

Wide Brim Wrap

Supplies: 

  • A large silk scarf (we used this Derby-inspired silk horshoe scarf)
  • A wide brim hat
  • Safety pins

Derby-inspired silk horshoe scarf

Step 1: Lay the scarf flat.

Lay the scarf flat

Step 2: Starting at the corner, begin rolling the scarf.

begin rolling the scarf

Step 3: Once the first half of the scarf is rolled, begin rolling the opposite corner towards the middle of the scarf.

begin rolling the opposite corner

Step 4: Once the two rolled halves meet in the middle, pick up the scarf and smooth out any wrinkles.

pick up the scarf and smooth out any wrinkles

Step 5: Wrap the rolled scarf snugly around the crown of the hat, making sure there’s an equal amount of the scarf left on both sides for tying.

Wrap the rolled scarf snugly around the crown

Step 6: Tie the scarf ends together twice to form a neat knot.

Tie the scarf ends

Step 7: Use a few safety pins to hold the scarf in place. Just be sure to pin the under side of the scarf to the hat, so that no pins are visible.

lovely Southern Belleclassic Derby

And voilà! A classic Derby look for a lovely Southern Belle.

2. Cloche Crown

Cloche Crown

Supplies: 

  • A lightweight rectangular scarf (we used a sweet lace scarf)
  • A cloche hat
  • Safety pins

Lay the scarf flat 1

Step 1: Lay the scarf flat, and begin folding the scarf horizontally. Fold until the scarf is about 2″ wide.

Wrap the folded scarf snugly

Step 2: Wrap the folded scarf snugly around the crown of the hat, making sure there is an equal amount of the scarf left on both sides for tying.

Tie the scarf ends together onc

Step 3: Tie the scarf ends together once, and then tie the remainder of the scarf into a bow.

Use a few safety pins

Step 4: Use a few safety pins to hold the scarf in place. Just be sure to pin the under side of the scarf to the hat, so that no pins are visible.

Fluff out the bow

Step 5: Fluff out the bow, and adjust it to your liking! We love letting the scarf ends hang over the brim. ;)

very vintage-inspired Derbyvintage-lovin’ lady

And there you have it — a very vintage-inspired Derby hat for a vintage-lovin’ lady!

3. Little Bow Peep

Supplies: 

wearing a head scarfchic polka-dotted scarf

If you’re not a hat fan, we ♥ the idea of wearing a head scarf to the Derby instead! To learn how to tie the Little Bow Peep, watch our easy-to-follow video tutorial. You’ll be race-ready (and a stylish standout) in no time at all!

For more ways to tie a head scarf, be sure to check out our amazing Head Scarf Video Library!

And if you’re looking for a cute hat like the ones in this post, we found ours at Fedoras.com.

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