If you’ve ever wanted to make Barbie hats from millinery straw braid, it’s super easy. Just takes a little practice and a needle and thread. I’ve found several articles in old Barbie Bazaar magazines that give basic instructions, specifically in the February 1999, April 1999, and April 2000 issues. You can find back issues of Barbie Bazaar magazine on eBay and Etsy.
To source the braid, just search “millinery straw braid” on either Etsy or eBay. You want to look for 1/4″ width or smaller. Some braids will have a string inside that you can pull to help the braid curve into a circle, or just stretch and pull the braid to get it to bend to your will! I can usually get 2 fascinator/small hats from 1 yard of braid. Hide the ends of the braid by stitching it to the inside of the hat, and then decorate with small ribbon, fabric, or paper flowers, as desired.
Below are some instructions from the February 1999 issue of Barbie Bazaar. I would have included more pages, but there are apparently size limits on the files I can attach to my blog posts. The instructions say to use yarn, but I use regular sewing thread and it works just fine.