How to Make a Summer Wedding Hat

Updated February 21, 2017

Outdoor summer weddings call for straw hats, but it is hard to find a hat that will coordinate with your outfit. You can make your own hat using a basic straw hat as a base. Straw hats are woven from straw, raffia or even raw silk fibres, choose a hat with a smooth weave for a dressy occasion. If you cannot find a hat in a colour that works with your clothes, choose a light, neutral-coloured hat and add trimmings in the colours of your outfit.

Measure the distance around the crown of the hat, next to the brim. Add 1 inch to this measurement. This will be the length of the fabric for your hat band.

Measure the height of the hat's crown. Cut a piece of fabric as wide at the height of the crown and the length you calculated earlier.

Lay the fabric right-side down. Fold both long edges of the strip to meet in the centre. This will form a strip to wrap around the hat as a hat band.

Glue one end of the strip to the back of the crown of the hat. One of the folded edges should be against the brim and the folded-in edges should be against the hat.

Wrap the fabric band around the hat and glue down the other edge. Glue on silk or millinery flowers to cover the glue and raw ends of the fabric. You may need to cut the stems off the flowers.


You can put the flowers on the side of the hat, just be sure to position the ends of the fabric under the flowers. If you use ribbon for the hatband, you do not need to fold in the edges. If you use tulle for the hatband, cut a strip of tulle three times the height of the crown of the hat and gather the ends of the strip before you attach it to the hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Straw hat
  • Fabric, 1/4 yard
  • Glue gun
  • Silk or millinery flowers.
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About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.