Hat Patterns

If you want to create an original hat for a special engagement then Spotlight can provide you with a large range of hat patterns. We have hat patterns for both adults and children. Pick your favourite hat patterns today and look absolutely fabulous!

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Make Your Own Hat With The Hat Patterns From Spotlight!

At Spotlight, you can find patterns to make just about anything! In our large range of crafting patterns, customers can even discover patterns to make hats! From children's hats to elaborate masterpieces for adults, you can find it all in our pattern section.

Never made a hat before and in dire need of some top tips? Check out the useful guide created by the Spotlight team below.

What Is The First Tip To Creating The Best Hats?

One of the things crafters always need to take into consideration is the seam. Whether you are making a skirt, top, or a hat, the seam can influence the overall fit of your crafted item.

Some patterns include seam allowances in the pattern, but this is not the case for all. Therefore, always check seam allowance. If the seam allowance is not present in your hat pattern, always add a little bit more to your measurements to account for the seam. Most crafters will use one centimetre of additional space, while others use a little more. It depends on your preferences for the seam.

What Is The Second Tip To Creating The Best Hats?

The beauty about making hats is that you can be incredibly creative. Hats allow the use of embellishments and accessories - this goes from feathers to sidebands and string. So, even if you have obtained a pattern with a basic hat design, you can still make it your own by including some of your favourite decorations and embellishments.

What Is The Third Tip To Creating The Best Hats?

Before you make your first hat, it can be a good idea to look at the colours. If you are making a hat you intend on wearing quite often, then the colour must match most of your wardrobe. However, if you are going to wear the hat to a specific event, then the colour of the hat must match the outfit you will wear.

Of course, choosing the best hat design for your needs is not solely about the colour, it is also about the style. Some styles work well for certain face shapes and figures, while others do not. So, before you choose a pattern, it can be a good idea to check which hat works best for you.

What Is The Fourth Tip To Creating The Best Hats?

When you start creating hats, you will notice that there is some terminology involved with this process. If you are a complete beginner, some of the words may be quite daunting. Fortunately, it is something you can pick up rather quickly.

One of the terms you must be familiar with at the start is the term "blocking". Blocking is a technique used to mould the body of the hat. During this process, you will use specific moulds called "blocks". Detailed instructions on how to execute the blocking process can be found in your hat pattern.

What Is The Fifth Tip To Creating The Best Hats?

There are certain techniques you can use to add more structure to the hat - this is especially useful for those formal hats with intricate designs. If you are looking to add more structure to your hat design, there are various ways to do it.

One of the ways to add structure to the hat is using strips of crinoline or strips of corset boning. These can be added inside the hat, providing the structure you want for it. Alternatively, you can also use basic tools such as millinery wire. When selecting millinery wire, always remember that the gauge number of the wire is related to its thickness. The lower a wire number, the thicker the wire will be.

What Is The Final Tip To Creating The Best Hats?

One of the biggest things to remember is that you can be creative with more than just embellishments. Since some hat materials are only available in limited colours, you can experiment with dyes a little. Of course, the dye you use is subject to the material you are making your hat with. For materials such as silk, wool, and feathers, use acid reactive dye. For cotton, linen and rayon materials, use fibre reactive dyes.

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