How to Make a Women's Colonial Mob Hat

Use a plain linen or cotton fabric for your mob cap.
Use a plain linen or cotton fabric for your mob cap. (Image: Michael Blann/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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

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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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