An inexpensive homemade felt hat that holds any shape you like!
Approximate Time: Less than 2 hours, plus drying time
These instructions are adaptable to any kind of hat, but they detail a multi-color fedora since that will cover the most complicated aspects of hat-making. If you just want a bonnet, your life will be much easier!
For example, if you want a spherical hat, you could find an (expired! - it will get stabbed) soccer ball the size of your head. If you want something more complicated, you may need to make a mold out of Styrofoam or cardboard.
To make a mold out of Styrofoam, either find a piece as big as the hat you want to make, or glue together many layers until they are as big as the hat you want to make. Once the glue dries, then in a sink, outside, or on a tarp (unless you want to vacuum for the next hour), take a knife and carve it to the shape you want. Be sure to make the base of the mold the same size as your head (use a tape measure or have a friend do a side-by-side comparison).
Tip: Don't be generous when you carve. You can always take more off, but you can't put it back on.
To make a mold out of cardboard, tape the cardboard in the shape you want (for a top hat, tape it into a cylinder). Again, be sure to make the base of the mold the same size as your head.
Notice that, since the glue is dry, the felt holds its shape.
If you don't want a ribbon: Pin all of the allowance to the inside of the hat and forgo steps 14 and 15.
Webbing keeps the hat from stretching.
By Quixotic Ducky from Tacoma, WA
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