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 Lola Ehrlich of Lola Hats is sharing a super easy tutorial for one of her best sellers: The Alpargatas. Check out he way she’s threaded grosgrain ribbon through the crown of the oversized raffia hat, leaving just enough slack to tie around the neck. And the raw, fringed edge and erratic stitching is a whimiscal coastal design. We are in love with this hat – it’s sure to be a spring and summer staple!

Fringed Straw Hat DIY

You’ll need:

straw hat with frayed edges
6-7 feet of 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon
6 1/4″ eyelets and washers
eyelet setter
seam ripper (optional)

Start by removing the original trim off the hat. This particular trim was glued on and easy to simply peel off. If any trim is stitched onto the hat, just use the seam ripper to help you remove it.

Raffia Hat DIY

There should be a single line of stitching to prevent the raffia from fraying. To create a more dramatic fringe (because, who doesn’t love drama?!), you can remove this seam with a seam ripper and use your fingers to undo the weave.

Summer Hat DIY

Then, with a thread color that matches your grosgrain ribbon, start stewing a pattern onto the hat. I’m not a proficient sewer so a freehand stitch seemed the most foolproof way to go. Plus, I love the squiggly pattern. To do this, just double knot your first stitch and just let the machine go at it. Seriously. Rotate the brim of the hat, moving it left and right, and let the machine do the work!

Raffia Hat DIY

Now you’ll create 6 eyelets. I initially purchased a hand eyelet setter, not realizing it wouldn’t work for a hat of this size. You’ll need a two piece eyelet setting. Push the eyelet through the hat in the locations outlined below. Place the washer over the eyelet from the inside of the hat. Line up the front of the eyelet over the base of the eyelet setter and place the setter over the washer. Use a mallot or hammer and give it a few good blows. You should have 6 eyelets total. Two on the right and left, close to the brim of the hat. And then 2 the crown, one on each side.

Thread the grosgrain ribbon through the left two eyelets and the up through the crown. Bring it around to the right side and back down through the two eyelets above the brim. Iron the grosgrain ribbon flat.

Summer coastal hat

And now you have the perfect summer coastal hat.

A cool DIY for Summer, this fringed raffia hat is a stylish DIY to keep the sun off your face.  Create the perfect summer coastal hat with this great DIY.

DIY Credit & Link: 

Fringed Raffia Hat

Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

This easy recipe for langostino ceviche is made with langostinos (or shimp or lobster), lime juice, red onions, cilantro, hot peppers, garlic, and olive oil. Langostinos, also known as squat lobster, are a type of shellfish that are related to hermit crabs. In the US, you can find langostino tails (frozen) at Trader Joe’s and Costco. In terms of taste, they are slightly sweeter than shrimp, you could say that these langostinos as not quite lobsters, but are more delicate than shrimp and have a more similar texture to lobster. 


2 lbs of cooked langostino meat, defrosted if frozen
1 red onion, cut in half and finely sliced lengthwise
12-15 limes, juiced
1-2 serrano peppers or other hot peppers, cut in half
A few sprigs of cilantro + ½ bunch finely chopped
1-2 tbs olive oil
1 garlic clove, lightly crushed
Salt to taste


Chifles, patacones or tostones, or tostado corn

Shrimp Ceviche


Place the sliced onions in a bowl, add some salt and cover with warm water. Let rest for about 10 minutes, drain and rinse well with cold water.
Place the cooked langostinos in a glass or plastic bowl; add the lime juice, washed onion slices, hot peppers, cilantro sprigs, garlic clove, and salt. Cover and let marinate for a couple of hours in the refrigerator.
Remove the hot peppers, the cilantro springs and the garlic clove.
Add the cilantro and olive oil to the marinated langostinos and onions, mix well. Taste and add additional salt if needed.
Serve with chifles, patacones or tostones, tostado corn, or popcorn.

This light and flavorful shrimp ceviche recipe is perfect for a summer coastal kitchen dish. Shrimp ceviche recipe all your freinds and family will love!

Photo & Recipe Credit:

Shrimp Ceviche

This coastal designed farmhouse kitchen features stacked shaker cabinets, a dome hood and wide plank hardwood floors. It also features a dark brown salvaged wood  island with stacked drawers, wide shiplap and nautical pandant lights hung over the island. The thick countertop is honed Belgian Bluestone. Farmhouse pantry with black mesh screen door, antique brass door handle, vintage nautical sconce and shiplap paneled walls. Built in wet bar under the stairs with floating shelves and shiplap cabinets and wall paneling. Coastal farmhouse dining room with two natural rattan chandeliers and slipcovered dining chairs. What a great idea! Use a farmhouse drop leaf table as a dining room server! Modern farmhouse living room with grey stone fireplace and black windows and black patio doors with transoms. Comfy cozy slipcover sofas and chairs invite to to relax in this beautifully designed coastal space. Coastal landing with nautical touches, basket lights and a navy and white window seat. Bunk room features white ladders mounted on side by side built-in bunk beds accented with shiplap trim. Navy and white coastal ticking bedding and the denim stripe area rug add splashes of sea inspired color in the room.

This coastal home tour is of a lovely farmhouse with big coastal design. Take a look inside this coastal designed farmhouse to see all the sea inspired design details.

Photo & Design Credits:

Jennifer Worts Design

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