|sparkly bonnet trim, almost finished but for the sequin heart patch|
|raw materials, including materials for the veils too. didn't end up using the flowers or the iron on letter crystals, unfortunately (ahem, someone doesn't own an iron.... oops)|
|much frills, so horror|
|snip snip, mother fuckers!!!|
|a clean edge emerges!|
|per usual over here at 'Fraidy Cat Eventing, we recommend that you have cats on hand for any serious DIY project|
|Martini here displays his usefulness in a close inspection of the bonnet's throatlatch|
So don't kill yourself doing it... but also don't shoot yourself in the foot and end up needing to buy a new bonnet either haha.
|arrows point to the junctures where the frills met the bonnet|
|let the blinging begin!!|
We were obviously on a bridal theme here, but you can pretty easily imagine how this might be customized with other colors, or with other (less blingy) materials haha.
Supplies from Joann Fabric:
-Faux pearls on a 21" chain $6.99 (on sale for $3.49). You could also opt for pre-strung beads, but I felt the chain would be easier to work with, esp for adjusting lengths without worrying about the whole strand busting apart.
-Panacea Crystal Wrap $6.49. I didn't know this was the stuff I needed until I saw it. Basically it's wide bright silver mesh studded with shiny metal sparkles. It's a couple inches wide, and maybe 48" long? Definitely way more than I needed for this project, but I loved how easy it looked to cut to size or shape. Apparently this is what you might use if you wanted to wrap a vase or candle or something? Idk. Whatever the case, it was perfect for this project (and probably many other future projects)
-White sequin heart applique $2.49. Obviously totally optional, depending on whether you want a patch on your bonnet or not.
-Needle and thread (I recommend a thimble too)
-Pliers (for modifying the bead chain)
|so easy to cut to size!|
|close up of the bead chain|
I mostly just laid stuff on top of the bonnet to see what worked. The 21" chain of beads was just about the perfect length, tho I ultimately used the pliers to remove maybe the last 4".
|not sewn into place yet|
I recommend stopping to knot the thread often. That way, in case any one portion breaks or gets snagged on something, the whole thing won't just fall apart. It's horses, we need a certain degree of security, ya know?
|where the heart lies?|
|probably not the best shape|
This way, you can thread your bridle's throatlatch through both of these loops, and the bonnet is guaranteed to stay in place so long as your bridle is on the horse!
Then you're all done! Custom bonnet is ready for action!
|modeled here with obligatory veil|
Think you'll give it a try?