One of the most iconic uniform pieces from the Revolutionary War is the tricorne. This 18th-century hat is notable for its distinctive three-cornered shape, and it is surprisingly easy for modern-day costumers to recreate. Craft Revolutionary War hats as a fun project for kids, a good addition to a historical Halloween costume or a quick addition to a reenactment uniform. A simple version may not be entirely historically accurate, but it provides the right look.
Things You'll Need
- Broad-brimmed round hat in wool, felt or leather
- Needle and thread
- Measuring tape
- Pictures of re-enactors or historical figures
- Ribbons or trim for cockade (optional)
Study your reference material to decide what kind of tricorne you want. Several different types were worn during the Revolutionary War. Some were more common among civilians and American soldiers, while others were worn more by British soldiers. Fold the edges of your hat up all the way, or only a little. You might also include a cockade, a decoration such as a ribbon or feather. Choose which design you like best.
Measure around the brim of the hat. Divide this measurement in three, and mark the the brim in three equal parts according to this measurement. Then fold up the sides of the hat evenly.
Pin the sides of your hat in place against the crown. Try the hat on and see if you like the look. It's best to work out all the problems before you make a decision to sew the sides in place.
Sew the folded flaps of your hat to the crown. Make small stitches using thread the same color as the hat. Large, X-shaped stitches are not authentic.
Attach a ribbon or feather to one side of your hat as a cockade. Secure feathers with hot glue or fabric glue, and ribbons with stitching. Pay attention to the size and color of your cockades, especially if you're dressing up as someone famous, when an accurate representation is desired.
Tips & Warnings
- Some hats are folded unevenly for a more stylish appearance.
- You can use a similar method to make a bicorne, or two-sided hat (similar to what Napoleon wore)--just fold up two sides.
- Use a base hat that resembles historical examples.
- Avoid big cockades unless you want to look flashy.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images
How to Make a Black Bicorn Hat
During the Gregorian Era, bicorn hats were all the rage, and sported by a range of important public figures from Navy officers...
How to Make Valentine's Cards for Veterans
Valentines for Veterans is a program that encourages United States and Canadian citizens to make valentines for people who have served in...
How to Make Paper Revolutionary War Hats
Revolutionary War hats can be created using newspaper and tape. Making this hat is just one way to keep children engaged while...
Revolutionary War Crafts for Kids
The Revolutionary War, also known as the American Revolution, lasted from 1775 to 1783. This time in American history was one of...
American Revolution Costumes
Early American men and women who lived in the era of the Revolutionary War dressed in clothing that were heavily influenced by...
Ideas to Make a Child's Revolutionary War Costume
If you can baste, sew buttons and use iron-on hem tape or fabric glue, you have all the skills you need to...