Last month I had an idea of making my own hats, and here’s how far I’ve got so far. I tried making a hat block with an old hat and some expandable foam like in the video in my last hat post, but it didn’t work out. The foam pushed the hat shape out and I ended up with a sphere shaped foam ball.
Not deterred I hit eBay to see if there were any suitable hat blocks in my size. Luckily there was one and using my Snip software I bagged it for just £26, bargain! I then set out to get some supplies including a fur felt hood, leather sweatband, lining and ribbon, all of which came to less than £30.
Process of making my hat
Because I don’t have access to an expensive steamer I decided to use a large pot and upside down sieve to steam the felt hood ready for stretching, see pic below.
After the felt has been steamed it’s time to stretch it over the hat block. This is relatively easy as the felt is supple after being steamed and the felt is held in place with a piece on string at the base.
I will leave this to fully dry (at least 24 hours) then iron the brim out so that it’s flat and can be cut to size.
I will be posting my full process so keep an eye out for future parts.