How to Make a Newsboy Hat With Cotton

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How to Make a Newsboy Hat With Cotton
A simple newsboy cap. (cap and boot image by VisualEyez from

Newsboy caps are a fun retro accessory for men, women and children alike. Originally made from wool or tweed, cotton and other light fabrics may also be used to make a newsboy hat. Newsboy caps can be found in stores or online. However, they can often be expensive and may not fit exactly right. Fortunately, it's not incredibly difficult to make an inexpensive homemade newsboy hat. With basic sewing materials and a little bit of patience, any seamstress with moderate skills can make her own cotton newsboy cap.

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Things you need

  • Cotton fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Cut six triangles of fabric that are each 10 inches long in the middle and 6 inches wide at the base.

  2. 2

    Sew the triangle pieces together along the longer edges so that they form almost a circle. Iron down the seams. This will be the base of the cap.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of fabric that is 2 inches wide and 2 inches longer than the circumference of the wearer's head. This will form the hat band.

  4. 4

    Fold the hat band piece in half (right sides together), bringing the longer edges together. Iron the fold and sew the long edges (opposite the fold) together. Turn the hat band right side out.

  5. 5

    Form a small dart on the bottom of each triangle in the hat base so that the circumference of the hat base matches the length of the hat band.

  6. 6

    Sew the hat band all the way around the circumference of the hat base. Sew the two short ends of the hat band together.

  7. 7

    Cut two semicircles of fabric that are each 8 inches wide at the base and 4 inches tall in the middle. These will form the bill or visor of the hat.

  8. 8

    Place the two semicircular fabric pieces directly on top of each other, right sides together. Sew them together all the way around, leaving a 2-inch opening on the flat edge.

  9. 9

    Turn the bill right side out, using the 2-inch opening. Sew the 2-inch opening closed and sew the flat edge of the bill to the front of the cap.

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