If your child is anything like my
gargantuan robust toddler, then she will outgrow the straps on her sun hat waaaaaaay before she outgrows the hat itself. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t convince the Littlest Brewster to keep her hat on voluntarily for love or money.
But they don’t make hats with straps in bigger sizes! At least not at Target, which is essentially the only place I ever shop.
So Mama got crafty and extended the life of the Littlest Brewster’s sun hat for another summer.
All you need are 3 of those little cloth covered hair ties, a needle, and some thread. Moms of boys – I guarantee you that your mom friends who have girls have a billion of these hair ties lying around; I doubt they would begrudge you a few.
Knot the ties together to make a chain (I have no idea how to explain the best way to do this. I’m pretty sure you all did it with your hair elastics in grade school – think back!). Then, loop the end of the hat tie through one end of the chain and sew it. Repeat on the other side.
And voila! A stretchy, soft hat extender that will keep the hat on your kid’s head and the sun out of his or her eyes.
At this point, I will admit that the first time I tried to rig this, it irritated me to no end because I hadn’t alternated the colors appropriately. (It went yellow-yellow-pink.) And I cringed every time I looked at it. So I finally broke down and fixed it yesterday so that it doesn’t tweak my anal retentive tendencies. However, this tip does indeed still function even if you don’t coordinate your hair tie colors.
Whether or not my kid could be seen with your kid and his/her mismatched hat? Well, that’s another story…