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.
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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!
waggy1015 months ago
I love it
foobear5 months ago

very lovely and 20s

foobear5 months ago

very lovely and 20s

swhirley5 months 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.
hometownbetty5 months ago

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

shazni5 months ago

this is gorgeous! I

swhirley5 months ago
This looks fun to make. Did you use wool felt?
HollyMann (author)  swhirley5 months 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.

doodlecraft5 months ago

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

HollyMann (author)  doodlecraft5 months ago

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

kenralph5 months ago
is the graph paper in inches, or millimeters. (before I buy the wrong stuff!)
HollyMann (author)  kenralph5 months ago

Inches :))

sunshiine5 months 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)  sunshiine5 months 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 Faiz5 months ago

Thank you so much :))

faiza0075 months ago
awesome holly..!! ;)
HollyMann (author)  faiza0075 months ago

Thanks Faiza!

kenralph5 months ago
the ladies at Lindyhop will love this, thanks!
HollyMann (author)  kenralph5 months 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 Bulnick5 months 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 Bulnick5 months ago

:) I know about the cat!'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 Upadhyaya5 months ago

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


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