milinery tutorial

by curiouslycrafty on 19/09/2006

in Green Crafting, Whiplash

mug.JPGmaking your own hat is so satisfying, you’ll wonder why you never made one before. easy as pie!


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  • 1/2 yard hat fabric
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • 1/4 yard fusible interfacing
  • button
  • sewing machine/needle & thread
  • (optional) ham for pressing ham.JPG


1. lay out the pattern pieces


2. pin the pattern pieces to your fabric


3. cut out all the pieces (in hat & lining fabric) and interfacing


4. on the side pieces, mark the edge closest to the front pieces (this edge is longer and helps with the shape of the hat)


5. fuse interfacing to the peak pieces


6. with right sides together, sew the back pieces together at 1/2″


7. with right sides together, sew the front pieces together at 1/2″. then sew the side pieces to the front piece


8. press the seams open now (it will be harder to press later, when the hat is assembled)


9. sew the back piece to the sides


at this point, you can trim some of the bulk off the top.

10. repeat steps 6-9 for the lining fabric.

11. with right sides together, sew the peak pieces together at 1/4″


turn the peak right side out and press it flat.

12. you should now have 3 pieces that look like this


13. (optional) topstitch the peak at 1/4″ for decoration.

14. with right sides together, pin the peak to the hat


15. lay the hat and peak into the lining (which is inside out)


16. beginning at centre back, sew the hat to the lining at 1/4″, leaving a 2-3″ gap


17. turn the hat right side out


18. press the edge of the hat flat


(please excuse the dirty laundry in the background)

19. blindstitch or machine stitch the opening closed.

20. attach a button to the top of the hat, sewing through both hat & lining (so that the lining doesn’t fall down)


21. ooooh mug2.JPG

* another way of finishing the hat is to leave the raw edges of the hat and lining exposed


and stitch a grosgrain ribbon over them.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 potikare September 19, 2006 at 3:27 pm

fabulous job!


2 filambulle September 19, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Wonderfull hat, tutorial, etc…
Thank you very much for the inspiration and explanations.


3 julie September 19, 2006 at 7:10 pm

I LOVE this hat and I’m just itching to try it out. Great job. Did you draft this pattern? If so, any chance you’ll put up a copy for us to try?


4 Miss Dot September 19, 2006 at 9:35 pm

fantastic tutorial, didn’t know I wanted to but now I feel I must make that hat just to follow the instructions.. now, come on, I am sure lots of you wanted to ask, where is the sandwich? you know, “ham for pressing” ok, it’s just me right? *skulking off* but seriously great tutorial. Any ideas on resizing it to make it for kids?


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