Making felt hats features a rainbow of colours and styles from a "Cat in the Hat" style top hat to Indiana Jones' fedora. Making felts hats can be as elaborate and creative as your imagination takes you. Perhaps you will create the next new look in felt hats. Look in magazines and on the Internet for ideas then draw some sketches to pick the perfect style. This project is fairly inexpensive and takes around two hours to complete.
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Things you need
- Poster board
- Crafting felt
- Felt needle
- Medium paint brush
- Straight pins
- Butter knife
Fold the poster board and make cuts into it until the desired hat shape is complete. An example is a rolling the poster board into a circle for a top hat-style. Tape it into place along the way to keep it sturdy. Once complete make sure the hat mould fits the head.
Mold the felt around the hat shape. It usually takes more than one piece of felt. If needed, sew pieces together and stretch it tight to fit. Cover the felt with glue and smooth it out using a medium paint brush. Place felt over the glue and straight pins the felt in place at various points all over the hat. Let the hat dry overnight.
Take the felt hat off the mould slowly and carefully if the mould will be reused. Get a butter knife and place the blade between the mould and the hat to ease them apart. If the mould is for a one time use then tear the poster board away from the hat carefully.
Repeat the initial process to make a hat rim. Leave a third allowance of felt loosely hanging from the hat rim.
Take the loosely hanging felt attached to the hat rim and place it on the inside underneath the rim of the hat. Glue the hat and rim together. Let it dry overnight.
Try on the hat and mould it to the head by hand. If the rim is not sturdy glue around the outside of the rim and let it dry.
Tips and warnings
- Add a ribbon around the hat brim to add a little flair or classic look. Another option is placing appliques on the hat to dress it up as well as make it more personalised. Even embroidering a name or initials on the hat might be fun.
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