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(I use the Brother CS600i - and love it)
  • hand-sewing needle, thread & pins
  • scissors or rotary cutting tool & mat (I highly recommend this if you do a lot of sewing and cutting)
  • pattern
  • *optional: starch (I used Sta-Flo liquid starch)

Before You Begin:

First, you can download the pattern piece in this step and print and cut them out.

Update!!! I've finally uploaded a PDF version of the pattern pieces that you can download. Just be careful that when you go to print out, you do not hit any special settings like "fit to frame," - just print it the size that it is. You will know it's the accurate size after printing it out and putting a ruler next to the ruler grid on the pattern pieces. It will be accurate or true-to-size.

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!

Holly Mann is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

<p>This was a fun project. I did not have felt as recommended so I used some scrap material. I also modified the brim just a little to give it my own personal touch and I lined the inside with a contrasting black spandex material. I found a vintage button from my grandmothers can of old buttons. So glad I kept them. Here is my finished hat. I love it by the way and have had many compliments. </p>
<p>Such a cute hat! Trying to make it for a cancer patient, but am on my third try to get it right! The pictures are great, but don't get the job done as to which pieces go together where. Maybe you could add some markings on the pattern pieces indicating which pieces go together. Love the flower!</p>
<p>fantastic...love it ..thank you ..</p>
<p>I am a premium member and it still ask me to become on when i try to down load this pattern. Please help!!! I want to make this for my friend who is fighting cancer</p>
<p>Hi Sower, if you look at the first step again - I just uploaded a PDF version of the pattern for you (and anyone else!) so it should be much easier now. When you print it, just be sure to print it at its normal size (don't do fit to frame or anything like that) - hope it helps!</p>
<p>very lovely and 20s</p>
<p>thanks..so sweet! :) </p>
<p>you are beautiful physically n heartedly</p>
<p>aww sweet - thanks</p>
<p>Hello and thank you for this tutorial ! I realized my hat with burlap ( ecru with lurex ) . Perfect for summer . It is superb !</p><p>Bonjour et merci pour ce tuto ! J'ai r&eacute;alis&eacute; mon chapeau avec de la toile de jute (couleur &eacute;crue avec un fil lurex). Parfait pour l'&eacute;t&eacute;. ll est superbe ! </p>
<p>Oh my goodness - how beautiful! :) I absolutely love how yours turned out too! Love the color. Thank you for sharing!</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>Oh my gosh!!!!! I am SOOOO sorry I did not see this until now. I think it turned out so cute on you! Great job! :) I am thrilled you shared this. I am sorry for not thanking you sooner!</p>
<p>I keep hitting I don't want premium and it won't let me down load the pattern cloche hat, anyone know why?</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>
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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