DIY: American Visor

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttWhat you need: leather scraps, scissors, ribbon, hot glue gun, paper, pens, needle, and embroidery thread. You can get creative with the supplies if you’d like. Instead of leather scraps, you could use fabric or felt. It may be helpful to have a hat nearby to use as a template for the curvature of your visor brim.

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttAfter you’ve cut the template for the strap of your visor (which is a 2″x12″ rectangle), use it as a guide to cut leather in the same dimensions. If you don’t have enough leather to do this, piece scraps together and sew it into that shape.

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttNext, cut out red strips and stitch them along the length of the larger strap. If you have more red leather or fabric, feel free to use the red as the larger strip.

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttNow either stitch or glue ribbons to either ends of the leather strap. Make sure the ribbons give you enough room to wrap around your head and tie into place.

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttThe template for your brim should correspond to the size of your head. That’s why it can be helpful to use a hat as a guide. The dimensions I used are 7.5″ along the base connected by an arch that ranges from 3.5″ on the edges to 4.5″ in the middle. Cut out a piece of leather that is as big as the entire template. then cut along the arch indicated by the dotted line, and cut out a piece of leather that corresponds to the top half of the guide.

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttSew those two pieces of the brim together. Cut out a few stars and glue or stitch them onto the smaller piece. Feel free to put your own touches on your visor, like a rim along the edges or additional stars.

American Visor DIY / Crafted in CarharttFold down the flap on the back part of the brim and glue or stitch it to the strap. Now it’s ready to wear!

American Visor DIY / Crafted in Carhartt
American Visor DIY / Crafted in Carhartt
American Visor DIY / Crafted in Carhartt
American Visor DIY / Crafted in Carhartt

Fourth of July is just around the corner. If your plans include a day in the sun, you might be interested in this American themed visor. It’s a great way to celebrate and shade your eyes at the same time. Enjoy!
What to wear it with: Carhartt Women’s Kenmare Henley & Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Denim Dungaree