making 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.


102 Responses to millinery

  1. Leandra

    Is there a pattern or did you use a specific pattern otherwise it makes this millinery piece a bit hard to reproduce.

  2. the finished hat looks gorgeous, thank you for sharing this tutorial! how did you go about sizing, is there some math about about it?

  3. hey ladies! yep i used a pattern which makes a hat to fit a head with a 22.5″ circumference (the most common). the seams could definitely be adjusted to accomodate a bigger/smaller noggin.

  4. Mia

    What a great tutorial. Have linked to this post from my site.

  5. I’ve made caps very similar to this one, with a larger brim; mine are a little smaller cap, as in baseball cap. See my website,, and my blog, for photos. It does look good in stripes, and they’re fun to manipulate. LOTS of things you can do with this hat!

  6. Lisa

    great idea – very cute hat – is there a pattern you used? or do you suggest just winging it from the picture?

  7. Cristina

    This looks fab! I would love to buy this pattern… can you tell us where we can get it?

  8. i love that hat!!! my church is/has been doing chemo hats for our local hospital; which many of us are doing; also my sister-in-law is going through chemo and i am doing hats for her. Where could I get that pattern! Thanks so much!!!

  9. Just found this tutorial via Tania. Wonderful. Thank you!

  10. Caya

    It is possible to draft a pattern yourself if you have a little patience. Measure the circumferance of your head just above the ears, where the hat would end. Add maybe half an inch or 1/4 inch for fabric bulk. Measure from your circumferance line up to the top center of your head, where the top of the hat would be. Add about half an inch or 1/4 inch for fabric bulk. Then you take your paper, and draw a vertical line that is as long as the second measurement. Take the first measurement, and divide it by the number of sections, looks like six here. Take that section number and draw a horizontal line at the bottom of the first line on your paper. Then start at the top and draw a shape like in the picture, on one side. All around the outside, draw your seam allowance. Cut the thing out and fold it in middle, and cut the outside edge to make both halves the same. Then copy the other sections from it. Tape it together with tape and see if it fits- if it doesn’t, start over and keep trying. You can use an old sheet from the thrift store or something to draft this up too if you want. When you get the cap right, draw yourself a bill, adjust as necessary, and there you go. Remember if you have it too big, you can add a couple inches of elastic in the back inside, stitch it down. If you have it too small, you can give it to a child.

  11. Caya

    Don’t forget to make one out of some adorable fabric and add animal ears and a wee little nose and eyes

  12. Caya

    Oh wow, then I see at the top that the pattern is RIGHT THERE- Duh- LOL

  13. Divabunny

    That looks fantastic! I love it. Thank You for posting the pattern, you rock! It’s actually just what I needed, my sister will be getting one for Christmas. Thanks Again!

  14. Very cute … nicely done!


  15. i love it. this is great for “i want to hide my terrible hair” days. thanxs so much for sharing.

  16. claire

    I’ve always wanted to make hats but there aren’t really any milinery schools in South Africa. Thanks for the pattern!

  17. Just finished making a hat from your pattern. Put it up on flickr with some comments. This is the BEST hat pattern ever. The fine detailing by shaping the crown pieces is brilliant.

    Will get an article about it on my blog too. Thanks so much and so glad a friend wisted your hat.

  18. I am definitely trying this. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  19. I just made it too!
    Cool pattern!

  20. cdan

    Probably a stupid question, but I really don’t understand how the brim is attached… Did you turn the hat inside out again when you put it against the lining?Did you pull the brim through the gap you left?

  21. Sarah

    Sew the pieces crown pieces all together, after that sew all of your brim pieces separately, make a small notch
    in the center of the brim so that you will know theat the center front of the brim should match to the front center seam of the hat sew the brim raw edge to raw edge of the crown and then sew in your lining. I hope this helps!

  22. This hat is awesome! I’ve been making welding hats for my husband and have been wanting to make myself (a feminine) hat. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ll have to give this a try!

  23. Great hat! I put a link to it from my blog so that I will remember to make one!