I love vintage hats - and this Instructable is inspired by the cloche hats of the 1920s! Cloches were close-fitting hats that were worn quite low - almost down to the eyebrows. They were made in a variety of styles from brimless to turned-up brims. They only cost between $1 and $5 back then! This hat in the Instructable is quite easy to make - so let's get started.

Step 1: Materials Needed for DIY Cloche Hat & Pattern

Materials Needed:
  • half a yard of premium felt (or other material for hat)
  • sewing machine
  • hand-sewing needle, thread & pins
  • pattern
  • *optional: starch (I used Sta-Flo liquid starch)
Before You Begin:
First, you can download the pattern pieces in this step and print and cut them out. The hat I made is for a head size approximately 21 1/2 inches. If you need to increase the hat size, you can do so by adding material to the ends of the pattern pieces. This tutorial here on increasing or decreasing a hat size pattern may help you.

The large flower on the hat I created was made from an online tutorial and free pattern download here. Thank you so much to Joy Kelley for the pattern for the beautiful felt camellias!
<p>you are beautiful physically n heartedly</p>
<p>Thank you so much! I had to try twice and I still have some bunching on the seams, but I think with practice I'll get it just right. (I'm open to suggestions - I was just guessing about how to line up the ends of each section.) I found this felt at a thrift store for $2 and I can probably get 4-5 hats out of it. I know what everyone is getting for every gift this year - ha!</p>
<p>so please tell us what percentage we should do to print it out? Like one hundred percent or 75 percent. So that I can get it to the 21 and 1/2 inches print out size?</p>
<p>Hi, love the hat. I'm a bit confused about what size to print the pattern out in printer options, as it's seems too big when I try. Cheers</p>
I love it
<p>very lovely and 20s</p>
<p>very lovely and 20s</p>
Sorry I didn't get back to you, but I have felted wool knitted items. I have found several sites that sell wool felt fabric and it is quite reasonable in a wide variety of colors.
<p>Wow, you make it look so easy! I will have to try this sewing project someday soon. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>this is gorgeous! ...love I</p>
This looks fun to make. Did you use wool felt?
<p>Thanks swhirley. :) I didn't. I just used the best felt I could find at my local Joann store. I do though have half a dozen vintage wool felt (and one or two fur felt) hats and I am learning how to deconstruct and reblock them. If I master that, I will post about it....:) Hope so! Do you have experience with wool felt or hat making? :) i love learning more about it.</p>
<p>I love it! It's such a lovely modern take on all the Downton Abbey hats! Great tutorial! :)</p>
<p>Thanks so much Nat :))) Next time I just need to use some nicer material :))</p>
is the graph paper in inches, or millimeters. (before I buy the wrong stuff!)
<p>Inches :))</p>
<p>I have been wanting to make one of these. I think you look great in this style. Was the starch used to stiffen the brim? Thanks for sharing Holly and have a great day!</p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>Hi Sunshiine :)) Yes I did use the starch to mostly stiffen the brim ...also because I wanted the hat to stiffen up a little bit. :)</p>
<p>cute and cozy! love that flower :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much :))</p>
awesome holly..!! ;)
<p>Thanks Faiza!</p>
the ladies at Lindyhop will love this, thanks!
<p>Yay that's great!</p>
<p>Sometimes I get confused when people put "cute" in their title, because I'm like, "how do you know?" Well, ma'am, you are incredibly right, this is just so adoribly cute!</p>
<p>;) Thank you for the &quot;cute&quot; comment Penolopy! Made me smile! Glad you think it's cute also!</p>
<p>It is just adorable :D And your cat is staring me down! But, still, the cat is also adorable :)</p>
<p>:) I know about the cat!...it's my new fav. picture of her. She thinks she's a model - so she had to strike a serious pose there! I love it!</p>
<p>Holly I am biggest fan of your sewing skills, the Hat is super cute and you look sooooo beautiful in that :) </p>
<p>Thanks so much Tarun! I am a HUGE fan of all your creations..I love your style!</p>

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