How to make a French maid hat

Written by linda shepard
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How to make a French maid hat
Lace trim adds a frilly touch to a French maid hat. (lace note paper image by robert mobley from

The French maid wears a frilly hat that emphasises her flirtatious nature. This hat can be created with no sewing from lace and black wool felt, and is perfect for the finishing touch to a French maid costume. Combined with a frilly white apron, a black sweater, skirt, stockings and a saucy feather duster, the hat will add the crowning touch to the French maid costume. Her costume party date could sport a tuxedo as a French butler.

Things you need

  • 1/4 yard black wool felt
  • Salad plate
  • White pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard 3 inch wide gathered lace trim
  • White glue
  • Hat pin

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  1. 1

    Draw around the salad plate on the black felt with the white pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut out the circle of felt with the scissors.

  3. 3

    Glue the lace around the edges of the black circle, 1/2-inch from the edge, using the white glue.

  4. 4

    Trim the lace to fit. Let the glue dry for one hour.

  5. 5

    Turn the circle over and attach the hat to the wearer's head at an angle with the hatpin.

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