Toni’s Hats

Today is National Hat Day. The last few days, we were hunting for better storage solutions for Toni’s hat collection. The girl is a bit of a fashionista and has accumulated quite a few hats. Since this was a special day, we rounded up all her hats to store in one place.

Here’s a sampling but that’s not all of them.

I rummaged in my closet to find a belt hanger that didn’t work for me. It made a good rack for some of the hats. Then I remembered a zippered case that a set of sheets came in. It was clear on the top so you can see the hats inside easily. Even with those two storage solutions, there were hats left over.

Storing the hats for Toni doll.
More of Toni’s hats.

Don’t tell Toni that I said this, but I think she’s getting a little carried away with the hat obsession.

Toni’s Easter Bonnet

A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at hat making. I cut up an old straw golf hat of my husband’s and came up with a basic bonnet suitable for the country-style dress my Toni doll had.

Now with Easter coming up fast, I reworked the hat for a smoother looking back. Yes, I used a glue gun for that. then I added some ribbons and lace to fancy it up a little more. Here she is, Toni doll in her revamped Easter bonnet.

I have a huge stash of lace and ribbon so I need to use it more with Toni’s outfits. Just this week, I found this batch of micro-spools with miniature rickrack and slim ribbons. It was just a dollar for the whole bunch. How could I resist?

Does your doll have a special outfit for Easter? Pose her prettily with some spring flowers or a bunny and share your photo in the Facebook group: Toni Doll’s Fan Club.

Toni’s Spring Bonnet

I mentioned Easter in my last post and my Toni doll started immediately badgering me for an Easter bonnet. Since I’d been intending to attempt some hat making, I told her that I’d try to make a spring bonnet. After all, Easter is still 6 weeks away.

Perhaps later, I can add some flowers to it and tell her it’s an Easter bonnet. Luckily, my husband just discarded two golf hats that he no longer wanted. I snatched them before they made it into the trash.

Here are the first steps in my millinery effort. I had in mind sort of a Jane Austen style of hat like you would see in Regency times. An online search turned up a great selection when I clicked for it to show images.


It looked like the light-colored straw hat that I was about to cut into would be just what I needed. I’m hoping that I can get 2 or 3 hats from it. Those might be in a different style though.


Once I had a piece cut from the larger hat, I tried it on my doll to see what needed adjusting. The brim was okay and framed her face well but it seems like I should have been more generous in cutting the part for the back.

By folding in the back part and stapling it, I achieved a reasonable shape. Then I stapled ribbon down from each side of the brim for tying under the doll’s chin. The staples don’t show much with the texture of the woven straw.


The band on the hat is what was there originally. I could glue on a pretty pink ribbon to match her dress and then for Easter add some flower clusters or a pretty bow. Instead of stapling, one could hot glue the ribbons used to tie under the chin. I get impatient and want immediate results, so just grabbed the stapler.

Toni doll in her Jane Austin style bonnet (tutorial)
Toni doll in her Jane Austen style bonnet