Making a Red Hat Society Bra Hat

A red bra on a wooden background.
Bras can be used to make unique sometimes flamboyant hats. The Red Hat Society is a women's play group that began in 1998 and is now an international women's social organization. Members over 50 wear red hats (often large and elaborately decorated) to group events. This is a page about making a Red Hat Society bra hat.

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August 17, 2009

To make a red hat out of a bra for your red hat chapter. Cut straps off red bra, and sides, just leave the cups. Fold left over material under, decorate with purple or lavender lace, and jewels. Then put elastic on back, and wind it around a purple or red head band.

Really cute! Just set it on top of your head. You can find a cheap bra in used clothing stores. Make sure they are able to set up such as lifter bras. A cups work the best.

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November 13, 2011

I want to make a red hat from a red bra and need to see a picture of one. Thanks.

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The only red hat photo I could find online is at this link. You'll have to go to the link yourself to see it because the photo is copyrighted.


For visual details click on the photo image to enlarge.

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May 10, 2018

What is the standard size bra to use for a bra hat?


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May 11, 20180 found this helpful

I would use a D.

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May 11, 20180 found this helpful

best results are when you use a push up bra with padded cups of any size - hopefully in a cool colour like red or purple

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I donated a bunch of bras for bra hats for a club and they were all Ds. They ended up great.

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These are favorites of the Red Hat Society and of course they will usually be in red or purple.
There does not appear to be a "standard" size but most use a size D cup because they want it to "stand out".


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