Use a Clover Yo-Yo Maker or two to make flowers. A vintage button or two works a treat.
Or you can keep it simple with a single yo-yo and a NEW button!
You can do a spot of doodle-stitching. As you can see here, a bit of a "naiive" look (read:hasty, bad technique) adds to the charm of a kiddie hat..... If you can't draw or embroider freehand, there are LOADS of really cute embroidery patterns out there.
Failing that, a few well-placed cross-stitches or running stitch in a co-ordinating thread can really work wonders on a hat, bag or garment. Super-quick, low-skill and EFFECTIVE. I LOVE it.
On a girly little hat a bit of leftover bias binding can be made into a simple bow with a button.
I often hear the comment "That's so simple, but I'd never have thought to do it". Now you don't have to think to... because I just told you how! GO FORTH AND EMBELLISH!!! It's heaps of fun. ...And if you're really stuck, come along to one of my Embellishment workshops next year. (The 2009 schedule isn't finalised yet, but you can join the mailing list and we'll keep you posted!).
Don't forget to leave a comment if you want to win a kid's hat pattern. Lara and a few others are testing the patterns as we speak, and we should be drawing a winner early next week.
Oh... and ALSO don't forget we'll be LAUNCHING the hat patterns and having a fun open day/sale/pre-xmas knees-up on the 30th November. DO COME!