How to Make a Tricorn Hat

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Jack Sparrow fans know what a tricorn hat is even if they don't know its official name. The hat, which has three corners, was popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, even among pirates. It got some screen time in "Pirates of the Caribbean" as it is the hat Sparrow loses to the Kraken. A homemade version has to be pieced together with felt and glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt fabric
  • Fabric glue
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen
  • Pins or tacks
  • Spray starch

The Hat Band

  1. Wrap the string around the head of the person who will wear the tricorn hat. Add about an inch so a finger can fit between the string and the user's head.

  2. Cut the string at the point you measured.

  3. Lay the string on the felt. Cut a piece of felt about 3 inches wide, and as long as the piece of string plus 1 inch.

  4. Make the felt into a circle. Apply glue to the extra inch. Hold the pieces together for a moment to allow the glue to set.

The Top

  1. Lay the hat band on the felt.

  2. Trace the inside the hat band with the fabric pen. Trace another circle about 1 inch outside of the first circle.

  3. Cut the fabric so it's a circle surrounded by tabs.

  4. Fold the tabs and position them so they go inside the band. Glue the tabs to the band to attach the two pieces.

The Brim

  1. Draw a large oval on the felt and cut it out.

  2. Place the band and top in the center of the oval. Trace around the oval and set it aside.

  3. Draw a guide circle inside the circle to mark the band.

  4. Fold the tabs up so they are inside the band. Glue in place.

Cocking the Hat

  1. Fold one end of the oval of the brim so it touches the band. Pin or tack the end in place.

  2. Repeat with the other end, and one side of the oval.

  3. Spray the hat liberally with spray starch and let it dry.

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