Pam’s got new hats taped

What's on?: Pam Ketchin, who makes hats from video tape.       Picture: Barry Richardson
What's on?: Pam Ketchin, who makes hats from video tape. Picture: Barry Richardson
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WHAT a hat-tastic idea.

This glamorous-looking headwear has been crocheted from nothing more than old video tape.

Pam Ketchin, of Barncliffe Crescent, Fulwood, Sheffield, was inspired to create the unusual garments after finding dozens of tapes during a spring clean - years after she threw her recorder out.

And the hats are already selling like hot cakes with people snapping them up for weddings, holidays and university graduations.

“It’s really not just a wacky idea,” says the 63-year-old. “The material makes the hat stretchy, it tolerates being packed for travel, and the brim will stay wherever it is put. If you put a flower in it or add a dash of colour it really does become this quite glamorous piece of headwear.”

The private tutor and grandmother-of-two had the idea after reading online that the tape would make a sturdy bag.

“I was making one when I thought it could make a better hat,” she says. “But I suppose you could do a whole range of things - I might try making a clutch purse next.”

Each one takes two hours to make, uses about two hours worth of tape up and sells for £10.

You can find Pam on her stall at Sheffield Country Market in Spooner Road, Broomhill, Saturdays, 9am to noon.