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Crafting a Hatband to a Hat Properly


How to properly attach a beaded hatband to a hat.

Native American Indians have been adding items to hats ever since the first ones came from the explorers and traders.

Today, adding a custom hatband is very popular and easy.

How to properly attach a finished beaded hatband is what I am going to share.

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Annlee Cakes Hatband

Annlee Cakes Hatband

Attaching Beaded Hatbands Properly

By Annlee Cakes Native American Regalia and Crafts

I have been attaching finished hatbands for over 22 years and yes there is a proper way to attach them.

Some for allowing them to be changed and other ways to make them permanent.

I hope the following sharing helps you craft one yourself on your hat or a friends.

Attaching a Hat Band

There are a few ways to do this?

If you have a standard hatband with ties.

Then place the hatband centered to front and snug it with the ties.

After tying it off you can trim the ties with a scissors. Leave enough to re-tie if needed. This method is used so hatbands can be changed.

You can also remove the ties and then tack stitch through the leather end caps: Snug the band and tack stitch the other end with the leather cap.

This method has all the ties removed, and yet the hatband remains changeable when desired.

On the expensive hats like stetsons or the expensive felt hats:

We suggest!

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A custom crafted to fit hatband for permanent attachment.

You need the exact measurement around the hat:

You make it longer than actually needed:

You then seal the end beads deep enough so they can be trimmed when added to the hat.


In this method: You center the band and then tack stitch one end to the rear of the hat. Then you snug the band and trim off with a scissors the extra length and then tack that snugged to the other end. This leaves NO SEAM to be seen and a continuous band totally around the hat without any ties. This is how we do them for the Reservation Police. We also then tack stitch as needed the band on the hat to keep it strongly in place under all conditions. This is a permanent hatband and not easy to change.

Hatbands are very personal! As is the hat you purchase.

You can attach a custom band, or mail the hat and we can do it for you.

Use one of our designs or mail us your family or Tribe design. Or craft your own loomed hatband. Have fun!

Some like a 1/4 inch statement band. (small)

Others choose 1 inch and a few have gone to 2 inches.

Width is also a very personal choice.

Decide by placing a ruler and decide the width of the band design.

Length is always decided by:


Hope the above aids concerns and questions and helps you craft your hatband to your hat.


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Annlee Cakes Hatbands

Annlee Cakes Hatbands

Crafting the hatbands?

In order to craft your own hatbands?

You need a simple bead loom that extends far enough for the length you desire finished.

Example would be a 27/28 inch hatband needs a 30 inch loom or larger ability.

We suggest starting with #11 seed beads for these are the standard size and easy to work with.

We do hatbands in #11 or #15 seed beads for our customers.

What pattern to use? That is your choice and FREE patterns are easy by using a search engine.

HOW do I loom seed beads? Search YouTube where many videos explain and show the steps.

PATIENCE! That is very important...Go slow and enjoy.

Visit a POW WOW and ask the Native Artists in the booths for help, suggestions and more. They will be happy to assist for that is the Native Traditional Way.

I have quite a few beading looms.

1. An Ojibwa Loom that crafts up to 17 inches

2. Wood Looms Custom Crafted that extend up to 8 feet in length and a width of up to 10 inches

3. Metal looms that will extend to 30 inches. And ones that extend to 45 inches.

Use Google and explore and discover that first loom? Remember length is what you decide with a loom.

For hatbands you need at least a 30 inch loom. This allows crafting the hatband and allows for the end strings to be cut and tucked and a finished hatband of around 27 to 28 inches.


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Pow Wow Bone Chokers

Bone Chokers and the Native Americans

From the beginning of The Great Cedar:

Native Americans crafted and wore jewelry carved from bone and horn parts. The bone choker provided physical protection of the neck and the jugular vein during battle and fighting in the hope to deflect an arrow shot at them by an enemy during war parties.

Bone chokers are also believed to provide spiritual protection of the voice which was a gift from the story of the Bears Berry. By wearing a bone choker, the spirits of the animal they come from were believed to provide spiritual protection from all kinds of troubles and even disease.

It was said that the Spirit shall also provide a great speaking ability when wearing a properly made bone choker that always speaks the truth and guides the warrior to speak from the heart. Warriors that had been to battle always wore a bone choker which showed they were in battle with enemies of the tribe.

In many tribes the Medicine Man would create powerfully made types of bone chokers to protect the Spirit of the warrior. And some Native Americans even had vision dreams about a certain type of bone choker and then asked their tribe’s Medicine Man to make it for them. Rarely would a Native American make his or her own bone choker as it required the spiritual power of the Medicine People so the bone choker would have the great spiritual powers and protections while being worn. Most were crafted from buffalo bones and a few from deer bones and very special vision dream ones could be from any animal even birds. Some bones were dyed and colored by using plants like the blueberry and raspberry or wild strawberries and even cranberries. They experimented in dying bones and sometimes even hides.

Originally they used real animal Sinew used to string bone chokers were usually from Deer or Buffalo and were cut usually with a sharpened stone or a piece of harder bone scrapped upon rocks until razor sharp. When they could they adopted porcupine quills as needles and for making holes. Spacers were crafted from bones, rocks, quills, wood and leather before white man brought metal and beads for adorning the chokers. They also used precious stones like turquoise or shells and feathers and using beads when they arrived. And even carved designs and finally adding sliver and/or gold on the chokers.

It was believed that the number of strands a choker was made in held a greater meaning to the original Natives than it does To-Day?

Or another tale states they increased the strands for more protection during battles. A larger choker deflected more arrow hits? This also influenced the protective bone breast plates created also for arrow deflection while in battle.

By the fires we have been told the number of strands meaning when created?

1) Creator

2) Mother Earth

3) Spirit Walking

4) The Four Wind Spirits Protection

5) A Great Warrior

6) Tribal Leaders and Medicine People

7) Spiritual Unity

8) Peace and Totality of Spirit: Silent Walking!

Bone Chokers To-Day are made commercially and in great numbers and yet there still are some traditional Medicine People who do hand-craft and create cultural styled bone chokers which are not commercially mass produced but are copied for mass production.

You can find them at Pow Wows by simply asking if they can craft YOU a Special Order item with the bones and decorations YOU PICK. If they can you discovered a real traditional crafter and not a mass produced seller. It is like a REAL SEED BEADER who can create a Special Order design of YOUR CHOICE of colored seed beads to use in the finished pattern item. Mass produced people whom are simply sellers cannot do this simple test? Hand-crafting is a learned skill and it is an art of Culture and Traditions. And, please remember just as you go to work expecting a living wage in these days: So does a genuine traditional crafter deserve the same concept and respect of their Mother earth gifted abilities as Medicine People.

By Wha-O-Chee (( Bear Standing ))

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