and a couple other friends and I had a hatmaking party a couple weeks ago. We bought hat blanks (that's a big, shallow cone made of wool felt) and formed them over head forms. It was my first felt hat, and it came out pretty darn well for a first try, I have to say! I love the feathers I found for it. If I can get pix of the other hats I'll add those in too.
I'll make another in a bit, now that I have a sense of what I am doing, and I'll Instructablize it for sure.
(The color really didn't come out well, the hat is a fairly deep pumpkin color, not beige at all. I really should use my good camera and not my iPhone.)