Picture of How to Sew a Cute Cloche Hat
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

Picture of 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!
jabuj24 months ago

you are beautiful physically n heartedly

silver_girly made it!7 months ago

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!

marcia.urban18 months ago

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?

jodi811 months ago

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

waggy1011 year ago
I love it
foobear1 year ago

very lovely and 20s

foobear1 year ago

very lovely and 20s

swhirley1 year ago
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.

Wow, you make it look so easy! I will have to try this sewing project someday soon. Thanks for sharing!

shazni1 year ago

this is gorgeous! ...love I

swhirley1 year ago
This looks fun to make. Did you use wool felt?
HollyMann (author)  swhirley1 year ago

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.

I love it! It's such a lovely modern take on all the Downton Abbey hats! Great tutorial! :)

HollyMann (author)  doodlecraft1 year ago

Thanks so much Nat :))) Next time I just need to use some nicer material :))

kenralph1 year ago
is the graph paper in inches, or millimeters. (before I buy the wrong stuff!)
HollyMann (author)  kenralph1 year ago

Inches :))

sunshiine1 year ago

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!


HollyMann (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

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. :)

cute and cozy! love that flower :)

HollyMann (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago

Thank you so much :))

faiza0071 year ago
awesome holly..!! ;)
HollyMann (author)  faiza0071 year ago

Thanks Faiza!

kenralph1 year ago
the ladies at Lindyhop will love this, thanks!
HollyMann (author)  kenralph1 year ago

Yay that's great!

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!

HollyMann (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

;) Thank you for the "cute" comment Penolopy! Made me smile! Glad you think it's cute also!

It is just adorable :D And your cat is staring me down! But, still, the cat is also adorable :)

HollyMann (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago

:) 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!

Holly I am biggest fan of your sewing skills, the Hat is super cute and you look sooooo beautiful in that :)

HollyMann (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

Thanks so much Tarun! I am a HUGE fan of all your creations..I love your style!