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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Jenn
Jenn

I am rather petite, so I have a small head. I have sewn a few hats, but they are often too large. I also have old hat patterns that need adjusting. Even if I don’t sew the featured hat, it is still helpful to see the process.

Pam
Pam

I have worn hats for a long long time (alas, my favorite has a hole in its peak and I can’t figure out how to hide it) and often embellish them. I have wanted to make my own but have no idea what materials, etc., to use. Please help us all.

Jolis
Jolis

PLEASE write more on making hats. I have a couple patterns, but have been too scared to try one of them. I LOVE hats and making one to match my outfit–heaven!

Marcia Recker
Marcia Recker

I am totally interested in making hats. I have a larger head, lots of hair so my selection is limited at stores. Thank you.

Sandra
Sandra

I would love tutorials and patterns for hats. You ladies are amazing at So Sew Easy. Your patterns and tutorials are easy to follow and yield great results. Thank you

Kathie
Kathie

I love hats but my head is too small. They either fly off in the wind or fall over my eyes. PLEASE make a tutorial.

Kathie
Kathie

I love hats but my head is too small. Almost all of them I try blow right off or fall over my eyes, PLEASE do a tutorial for us. They are so easy to follow

Megan
Megan

I just finished a hat and have never been so in love with my own handiwork. It’s a vintage pattern, and I’d love to do more…maybe a mushroom hat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushroom_hat or a Tudor bonnet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tudor_bonnet

kathleen
kathleen

Yes! My whole family, except me, is quite tall and have extra-large heads. Hats are hard to find for them and even hard to knit or crochet. Downton Abbey surely has given hats a big boost in popularity. Count me in.

Katy
Katy

This sounds like so much fun! I’m in!!

Martha
Martha

Cotton “bucket” hats and bonnets, both for children, are all I’ve ever made. I would make berets in lots of hues if I knew how. And I adore the small-brimmed hat style you’ve pictured. In civic theatre shows I wore large-brimmed hats with lots of feathers and admired the millinery skills, but I’ve never researched anything about making them. I’ll be interested in any other hat-making tips you share!

Laurinda
Laurinda
Reply to  Martha

I’ve made this out of an intentionally felted cashmere sweater. It’s easy!

http://annekata.com/2010/12/greta-garbo-and-how-to-make-a-new-hat/

Emilia
Emilia

I would love to make hats. My husband and kids all have extra large heads, and it is hard to find hats that fit them. I would like to make myself hats to, just for the fun fo it!

Faye
Faye

Yes please

Clare DOCHERTY
Clare DOCHERTY

Yes please- patterns and tutorials would be amazing! Cx ?

shehnaz kadri

Really very well explained article.Liked the different shapes and material given in the images.Helps a lot in selecting the right material and the pattern.I m surely going to love making and sewing hat for myself.

Shariffa Mohomed
Shariffa Mohomed

Yes please do a hat tutorial with pattern. Would love to try making a hat

Vilna
Vilna

Oh me me me me!!! I am like Mark – I have an enormous head, and lots of hair too, and hats NEVER fit. (I had to have a huge tam made for the academic regalia I have to wear a couple of times a year.) You’ve read my mind! I had a couple of men’s hats in my amazon.com cart for a LONG time because women’s hats never fit, and I even ordered one, and it was too small, and I had to return it. If you’re looking for ideas, I’d want to make a fedora, a porkpie, and a newsboy hat, but I am open to other styles. I love hats and would wear them often if I had some that I liked that could fit.

Marty Highfield
Marty Highfield

yep. Been looking at hat patterns on pinterest. I’m a complete novice at this. How to start maybe with a fascinator, including premade base?

Mayra Cecilia
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Hi Marty, pardon my bluntness but you do not sound like a complete novice 🙂

Jill Groom
Jill Groom

making a hat never crossed my mind but what a great idea, I’d love yo know how it done

jackie partridge
jackie partridge

Yes i would love to see more about making hats! So fun.

rosalyn bieber bieber
rosalyn bieber bieber

SOUNDS WONDERFUL. i ALWAYS LOVED WEARING BRI,MMED ATS. NOW IM INDOOR FOR MOST OF THE TIME,SO THAT HAS TO BE A CONSIDERATION.

Barbara Ewing
Barbara Ewing

Could you do a tutorial?

Deborah

i would like to make one of these trilby type so yes please!

Genesis 1:31 Creative Ministry
Genesis 1:31 Creative Ministry

I LOVE HATS! So yes, please! 🙂

Enisha Marcelo
Enisha Marcelo

What’s in between the fabric to make it so sturdy or is it just based on the fabric you pick?

Toni Avance
Toni Avance

I would love more hat posts. Hats are big now and add a classy look to many outfits.
Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas and help!
Toni

Joan Wallrich
Joan Wallrich

I have had skin cancer on my scalp and I have to wear a hat, I would LOVE to make my own hats!! Thank you.

DEBORAH FREEMAN
DEBORAH FREEMAN

I have always thought about making a hat, but figured it would be too difficult with the stiff fabrics-can you make baseball caps too?

HatLady
HatLady

I’m a lover of very wide brim hats. Would love to design some too ! 🙂 Have you discovered a convenient way to sew in light wire around the edge of the brim so it wo’t sag?

Shuhada Feey
Shuhada Feey

I like beach hat, but don’t know what material to use . Weaving perhaps.

Shirley Roeder
Shirley Roeder

I’m 100% with Linda’s comment above! How about giving us a simple pattern and leading us through step by step instructions? THAT would be fabulous!!!!

Shirley Roeder
Shirley Roeder
Reply to  Shirley Roeder

Correction … Linda’s comment is BELOW …

Amanda
Amanda

Wearing and making hats is becoming a lost art. I admit that I’ve always wanted to make a huge “Hello Dolly” style hat just because it would be awesome to try out. How to make a hat that could imitate hats worn by ancestors. Any tips/ideas for historical hats that could either be worn as costume or for every day would be great.
I would also love to learn how to make a huge, 1950’s-inspired sun hat. Hats for the seasons- I admit that I hate getting my hair smashed, but I’ve heard that having a satin lining eliminates that issue.
With winter right around the corner, it would be nice to have more than crocheted skull caps to wear in the northern cold. Something like- the right hat for your head shape or similar? And how to make it? Thanks!

Amanda Ramaswami
Amanda Ramaswami

Oh what fun. I would love to make one! Thanks for all you exciting designs/patterns/tips.

nuccia
nuccia

sarebbe un bel progetto, sono molto complicati da fare

Marlene Sheridan
Marlene Sheridan

Yes I really would like to try making hats as I love wearing vintage style clothing and hats. Therefore I really would love hat making tips and patterns.

Mark
Mark

I’m in. I have a large head and never can get hats that fit.

Fernie

I love hats and would like to make my own as I can’t always find the one I want. Making hats can be scary and finding the right material is sometimes difficult. As you can see I need lots of help here.

Maureen Tienken
Maureen Tienken

I would love to make my own hats, Love the article on hats

Linda Wright
Linda Wright

I love hats, but have never been brave enough to try making one. Let’s try one together.

Elaine gundlach
Elaine gundlach

I always wanted to make hats, do I need a wooden form to start this project?

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