Why, you might ask would one want to cover a top hat with fabric? If you have been following my blog, you know that I hosted an Alice in Wonderland – themed baby shower for my niece. If you check out the invitation here; you will see that the invitation stated that guests should wear a “crazy hat”. I wanted to have a nice bright and fun hat to wear, and to have some extra hats for guests who may not have come prepared. This is how I went about covering a top hat.
I purchased inexpensive gray felt top hats from Party City.
Remove all trim off of the hats.
I used paper to cut out a pattern for the fabric, by measuring against the hat. Always cut out the pieces a little larger than needed, you can always trim more, but you can’t add fabric back onto it. I purchased one yard of fabric, but had nearly a half of a yard left over.
Cut one piece to cover the top, and two pieces to cover the brim, one for the top of the brim, and one for the bottom.
Put the fabric on the under side of the brim first. Cut slits in the fabric where it tucks up inside the hat so that it will lay smoothly. I used a combination of kraft glue and spray adhesive to glue my fabric on. Use the glue sparingly and do small sections at a time so that you can smooth the fabric down as you go.
Cut a pattern from paper for the top of the hat and then cut that piece out.
Use adhesive to attach the piece to the top of the hat, making sure you smooth out any wrinkles. You will want to trim the edges of this piece very near the top edge of the hat.
After you have adhered the bottom piece to the brim, add the top piece to the brim.
This should give you an idea of how the brim should look when you have adhered both piece. This still need the seam binding added to it. This is when you will want to wrap the last piece to the hat. You will have cut a pattern for this piece also. Glue and smooth this piece on. You can see that I have not yet smoothed all the wrinkles out of this one. You will then take the top edge and fold it down even with the top edge and top piece of your hat. Then glue down carefully.
This is the top edge of the hat with both piece folded over, tucked in and glued tidily.
This is what your hat should look like. Now for the fun part, time to decorate your hat. You can decorate yours in any way. If you are making a Steampunk-type of hat covered in a dark fabric, you may want to add gears and mechanical items. Since I am made this for an Alice in Wonderland – themed party, I am made mine whimsical and fun.
Here are some of the hats I made this summer:
Leave a comment and let me know what you think about my hats. Have you created your own custom top hats? Link me if you have, I’d love to see your creation!