Hat-making Tips: Wearing Fashion on Your Head

hat-making tipsHats have been around a long time and they are very useful to us –as well as a great fashion accessory. They can be used both in hot or cold weather since there are hats made for the summer season and there are also hats for spring as well as winter.

These days, many sewists are making their own hats either sewing by hand or with a sewing machine which is exciting since you can make your very own hat at home!  With your own choice of fabric and design, you can start wearing fashion on your head!

I've wanted to try hat making for a long time so I put together some handy hat-making tips and tricks to get started and as usual, I'd like to share these with you.  It seems relatively easy and if many readers are interested in making hats, we'll add some hat-making patterns and projects.

Hat-making Tips

To make a hat, you must make these three basic parts: crown, sideband, and brim. Below are some helpful tips on making each part of your hat and other useful tips in developing your hat-making a success.

  1. When making the crown, measure your head and add half an inch. By adding this extra measurement, you are sure that the hat will fit you even after adding the seams of the brim.
  2. Next thing you have to do is add the sideband. It depends on the height you want the sideband to be. If you want to wear your hat deeper, you will make a longer sideband. Of course, measuring it correctly is key.
  3. After making those two parts, you are set to make the last part: the hat brim.There are many designs and styles for hat brims. Some like their brim wide, some like it thin, some also like their brim to have pretty waves in them. However you want your hat brim to be, always remember to add a seam allowance to the brim's internal part when cutting out from your pattern.
  4. Make sure to sew the hat's lining, the wrong sides together. This is often forgotten, especially those who do it for the first time. By sewing the wrong side of the lining together, you will see the clean side of the finished product.
  5. Always remember to do a top stitch around the side band's bottom and the brim to hold the parts together. This will make your hat look neater and sturdier, thus it can be used for a longer period of time.
  6. Don't be afraid to add some bling or other tasteful sewing embellishments to your hat. You can put sequins, faux flowers, or patches to make them more attractive and personalized.

I hope these tips will help you in making your very own hat. Pick your favorite colors so you will be wearing them with your chin up!

Would you like to see some future projects and patterns about sewing and making hats?  Please let me know in the comments below.  I really do use these comments to prioritize future projects.

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100 Responses to Hat-making Tips: Wearing Fashion on Your Head

  1. Adrienne Bennett says:

    Most of the hats you show are made with a lot of structure underneath. Others are actually blocked hats that milliners make using wooden hatblocks. There is cotton covered millinery wire in most brims that help them keep their shape.

  2. Karen says:

    I’d love to see some basic hat patterns, particularly some customizable brims. Also fabric and interfacing suggestions.

  3. Dawn says:

    Yes I would love some pattered for hats, I need to protect my skin from the sun, something durable that I can pack in a suitcase

  4. Cathy King says:

    I would love to make a hat out of felt.

  5. paulette ferko says:

    Ooooh Please!! I’m a Red Hatter and would simply LOVE to be able to create my own Hats!

  6. Isabel M. Kientz says:

    Yes please…A hat for me is necessary. I keep buying them because I have malasma on my face and it is put on a hat and sunscreen to avoid making my spots darker. It will be nice if I can make my own hat that really fits me. Thank you.

  7. Kate Dingle says:

    Yes pleas. I have made numerous fascinators, but a brimmed hat would be lovely.

  8. Gillian AjayiGillian says:

    Yes please I’m very interested in hat making

  9. Anna says:

    I would love to try making hats as I can never get one to fit my small head. Please can you give us some step by step tutorials?

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  11. Lynda McKenzie says:

    Absolutely, yes. I make handbags and would love to expand my horizons!

  12. Sheri says:

    Would love to learn how to make hats. Especially like the red one.

  13. carol says:

    Yes, please!

  14. Katy says:

    Yes, Please!!

  15. Linda says:

    Can you please tell me what is the wire called around the brim of the red hat. I’ve been asked to make a bee hive hat. So I’m using a spare for a template, never done this before and it got a wire around the brim

  16. Shelly Wilson says:

    Hat making? Yes please! Would love to make some matching accessories!

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