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

  1. Maria says:

    Si, por favor…patrones y tutoriales serán muy bienvenidos…y gracias por tanto como compartes. Hugs

  2. MPaula says:

    I have purchased so many hats simply because I needed them. None fit well, few look good on me and as for being functional, meh.
    Searching for hat patterns has resulted in some that might work but none that I am willing to spend time on.
    I hope you will follow up on this idea.

  3. Ellen says:

    Yes, hat patterns please. The blue felt derby is great. Love the feathers.

  4. M-E Jinno says:

    I would desire head gear (hats) to come back into fashion Let it start here. I would love more help to make fashionable, wearable hats.

  5. Gena says:

    I have been quite interested in making hats for a couple of years. Any type, but specially the cloche type hats of the early 1900’s.

  6. Gloria Morales says:

    YES! YES! YES! PLEASE show me/us how to make hats. Thank you for your wonderful, helpful site!

  7. Susan says:

    I agree with everyone above.

  8. Victoria Green says:

    Would love to have a hat to match my clothes that I make

  9. Deb McCleary says:

    Oh yes, hat patterns and tutorials would be great. You always have clear understandable instructions.

  10. Jackie says:

    FYI As much as I appreciate your patterns and instructions, there are some hat patterns for sewing on Craftsy and Ravelry has some for the knitters and crocheters as well.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Not only show us how to make a hat but how to decorate it. And where to find the materials to decorate it. Thanks…from Sunny South Texas.

  12. Abby D Hinds says:

    Yes more hat projects
    Is the pattern for this hat available?

  13. Connie Ehrhard says:

    I would love some really clear and precise instructions on making hats. I cannot be in the sun so wide brim hats are a necessity for me.

  14. Jo Hovey says:

    Did a quick search:

    You would be shocked how many patterns for hats are available. Dozens. Oodles. Lots.

  15. Laura says:

    More, more, more PLEASE! I adore hats!!

  16. Helen says:

    I’ve been cutting hats in pieces to attach to my riding helmet for a couple of years. Won’t ride my horse without a helmet and they’re only made with tiny sun visors. Would love patterns I can adapt to my helmets.

  17. gerri nathanson-cook says:

    I would love to see hat patterns I live in the part of Indiana that borders Louisville KY and two days a year at least hats are the most important accessory going. A good Oaks and Derby Hat are essential

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  19. Gayle from Boston says:

    Yes! Especially on how to alter a hat pattern so that it fits.

  20. Natalie says:

    Yes!! My daughter loves to wear hats, if we could design our own that would be really fun!! Thanks for the tips!!

  21. Sue Hager says:

    Yes, I would like to see more about making hats, starting from the beginning for beginners.
    I would also need patters, or where to get hat patterns.

  22. Debbie Haakenson says:

    Yes, I’ve wanted to make hats for years. I thought they can’t really be all that difficult to make, but I didn’t know where to start.

  23. KAY says:


  24. Jane Cairns says:

    Love to see some more hat patterns. Thanks 🙂

  25. M says:

    Hats Please!

  26. Andrea says:

    Yes, please! I’ve never made a hat, but have been curious about their construction for a long time. Would love an instructional!

  27. Mary M says:

    I am interested in making hats.

  28. Orla V. says:

    I always wanted to learn how to make hats – a tutorial would be wonderful.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work – the site is incredible!

  29. Carol says:

    Yes more hats!!

  30. Mags says:

    A tutorial on constructing hats would be marvelous!

  31. Ramona says:

    I just started wearing hats. I would love to make one. I’m tempted to take apart one I bought! I’d love to see more about hats!

  32. Shirley says:

    Please, please, please design a pattern for a hat like the one in the picture. I love it! I am new to sewing so I am not confidente I can make it on my own just yet. Thanks!

  33. Monica says:

    I wear hats a lot in Australia but had thought the only hat I could make would only suit the Beach. Now you have me inspired to try something smarter! A tute would be great for a nice hat to wear shopping.

  34. Marvel LaPorte says:

    I have collected vintage hats ever since I was a young woman. I would love to learn how to make a hat. It would be great to have tutorials on how to make some. I also have kind of a large head. Oh yes and by the way I have worn every hat in my collection at some point; even if it was just going out for the evening lol. I love them. If you did some you would make me a happy camper. Thanks

  35. Deborah says:

    I’d love to see a pattern and tutorial for that red felt hat. Pretty please?

  36. Kirsty says:

    Yes please! I live in sunny Australia with the highest rate of skin cancer in the world! Hat wearing here is a must!!!!

  37. Betty says:

    Yes please. I love hats but have a small head so would love tutorials on hats. Big floppy and alternative winter wear and how about a visor?? Thanks.

  38. Alice Bowers says:

    Yes, please. More on hats..Thank you

  39. Sandra says:

    YES. More tutorials and patterns and where to purchase millinery supplies.
    Thank you.

  40. Mickey says:

    I have the opposite problem. My head is small and I look for hats in the junior girls department. Would love more on making hats.

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