How to Make a Bowler Hat

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowler hat shaper (see Resources below)

  • Felt hat body

  • Steamer

  • Pins or tacks

  • Measuring tape

  • Scissors

  • Grosgrain ribbon

  • Sewing machine

The bowler is a classic looking men's hat that can be made in a few hours with some basic hat-making supplies. Nowadays in fashion, some stars or musical artists wear bowler hats to make a statement. They're fun, cute and easy to make.

Step 1

Measure your head using measuring tape, and buy a hat shaper to fit your head.


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Step 2

Steam your hat body until it is moist all around but not soaking wet, and place it on the hat shaper.

Step 3

Run your hands around the hat, shaping the crown and brim around the shaper until it is melded to the shaper.

Step 4

Trim the brim to fit along the shaper, pin it down and let the hat dry overnight while still on the shaper.

Step 5

Pull the hat off the shaper and measure some grosgrain ribbon around the inside base of the crown. Pin the strip all around the inside, making sure the ends of the ribbon overlap with one folded to keep a neat appearance. Sew this piece down to create the sweatband.


Step 6

Take a second piece of grosgrain, and measure it around the outside base of the hat's crown. Stitch the edges together, and pin the ribbon to where you measured it with the edges flipped toward the hat. Top stitch the grosgrain ribbon onto the hat. You can also take a small strip of grosgrain, and use it to cover up where the two ends of the ribbon meet.


Step 7

Fold a third piece of the grosgrain ribbon into four widthwise. Pin the ribbon around the edge of the hat brim, fold one short edge of the ribbon, hide the other end where they meet and topstitch the whole ribbon down.


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