How to Make a Women's Colonial Mob Hat


During the United States' colonial era, women wore mob caps, very simple hats that covered their hair. A mob cap protected a woman's hair from dust when she went outside and from smoke and grease when she was indoors. A mob cap was required dress for a woman or girl in the colonial era. If you have a costume party coming up, make an easy and quick mob cap for your costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Large pie plate (optional)
  • Steel yarn needle
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon
  • Cut out a circle of fabric that is roughly 1 foot in diameter. You can do so by cutting out a square with sides that are each 1 foot long and rounding off the corners or by tracing a circle on the fabric with a large pie plate.

  • Lay the circle of fabric out flat.

  • Use a pencil to draw a faint circle inside the edge of the circle of fabric, 2 inches back from the edge.

  • Thread a steel yarn needle with a 2-foot length of 1/4-inch wide ribbon.

  • Sew along the pencil line you have drawn, making large stitches that are about 3/4 of an inch long. Continue until you have sewn all the way around the circle.

  • Draw both ends of the ribbon through the fabric, causing the fabric to bunch up. Tighten the ribbon until the circumference of the ribbon fits your head well.

  • Tie off the ribbon in a bow and put on the hat.


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