The latest in home decor…. introducing…. the Ju Ju Hat !
Juju hats, or Tyn hats, were worn by royal dancers during Bamileke tribal ceremonies. They symbolised prosperity and were created from natural or dyed chicken and wild bird feathers , they have recently become very fashionable wall decor and as always I have champagne tastes and a lemonade budget !
JuJu hats can cost around £100-£300 each ! So I made a DIY version costing just £25 !
If you would like to make your own you will need :
A WOVEN PLACEMAT
3 metres of STRUNG FEATHERS (You can use any type of feather , I have used turkey feathers for a super fluffy look – don’t try this with individual feathers it won’t work – you will need those on a ribbon or strung)
NEEDLE AND THREAD (Don’t be tempted to hot glue – it will stick to the feathers and make a right old mess)
Let’s get sewing ! Pin the trim around the outside of the placemat , the feathers have a natural curve so you can place them in or out depending on the fullness you would like the finished piece to be , I alternated mine.
Stitch the first row down – DON’T use glue , it will stick to your feathers !
Make sure to cut the feather trim when you complete the circle – DON’T spiral it will cause bunching. Stitch each row in one complete circle , and keep going until you reach the centre.
Now before you make the final centre , pull the feathers upwards towards the centre , snapping them and fluffing them up.
Take some leftover trim and roll it around itself adding stitches here and there , then sew into the middle of the hat.
Give the whole hat a good fluff , add in some more feathers if you have areas that need it by sellotaping some loose feathers together at the bottom and then stitching in. Add a string of thread to the back to hang ….
And you are done ! I added a few loose blue feathers into this one to match my bedroom decor.
Happy sewing !