How to Make a Top Hat: DIY Steampunk Fashion Pattern Tutorial

Learn how to make a top hat with this easy to follow DIY Fashion pattern tutorial.

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to make your own Steampunk top hat. This simple DIY project is perfect for beginners, and can be completed in just a few hours. You will need the following materials:

-1 yard of black or brown wool fabric
-1 yard of black or brown ribbon
-1 pound of buckram
-A hot glue gun
-A sewing machine
-A pencil

What You’ll Need

To make this pattern, you’ll need a top hat base, some black fabric, some wire, and some hot glue. You’ll also need a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills.

First, Cut a circular piece of black fabric that is large enough to cover the entire top of the hat base. Sew this piece of fabric onto the hat base.

Next, Cut a strip of black fabric that is long enough to go around the circumference of the hat. Fold this strip in half lengthwise and sew it together. Then, sew this strip of fabric onto the hat base.

Finally, Cut a strip of wire that is long enough to go around the circumference of the hat. Hot glue this strip of wire onto the hat base.

Making the Pattern

To make the pattern for your top hat, you will need:
-a sheet of paper
-a pencil
-a ruler or a measuring tape
-a piece of string or yarn

First, fold the sheet of paper in half lengthwise. Then, using the ruler or measuring tape, mark a point 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the folded edge and 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) from the top edge of the paper. Cut a small notch at this point. Unfold the paper.

Next, measure 1 inch (2.5 cm) from each side of the paper and mark a point.Cut a small notch at these points as well. Now you should have four notches total: two on the fold line and two on the sides of the paper.

Starting at one side notch, use the ruler or measuring tape to draw a curved line connecting all four notches. Your pattern piece should now look like a curved rectangle with two straight sides and two curved sides. Cut out your pattern piece.

Cutting Out the Fabric

In order to make your own top hat, you’ll need the following materials:

– 1/4 yard of black wool fabric (or felt)
– 1/4 yard of lining fabric (I used black satin)
– 1 yard of ribbon (I used black grosgrain)
– A tall glass or vase
– Scissors
– A straight pin
– A needle and thread (I used black sewing thread)
– A hot glue gun and glue sticks
– A hat form or mannequin head (optional)

First, you’ll need to cut out the two pieces of your hat – the “crown” and the “brim.” For the crown, trace around the glass or vase onto the wrong side of the wool fabric. Then, cut out this circle, making sure to leave a seam allowance of about 1/2 inch. For the brim, trace a large circle onto a piece of scrap paper. My brim ended up being about 22 inches in diameter. Once you’ve got your large circle traced, cut it in half so that you have a semi-circle. Then, use this semi-circle to trace and cut out two pieces from your wool fabric. These will be the front and back halves of your brim.

Assembling the Hat

Now that you’ve cut out all the pieces for your top hat, it’s time to start assembling them. Begin by gluing the long side of the hatband to the inside rim of the hat. Then, glue the short side of the hatband to the other side of the inside rim. Next, take the two side panels and glue them together at the short edges. Finally, glue the side panel assembly to the inside of the hat, lining up the raw edges with the top and bottom of the hat.

Adding the Trim

Adding the trim is an optional step, but we think it really makes the top hat stand out. To add the trim, simply measure and cut a length of ribbon or fabric to fit around the base of the hat. We used about 1 1/2 yards of ribbon for our hat. You can make the trim as wide or as narrow as you like.

Once you have the trim cut to size, glue or sew it into place around the base of the hat. We used fabric glue to attach our trim, but you could also use hot glue or sewing. Be sure to allow the glue or sewing to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Finishing the Hat

The final step is to put the finishing touches on your hat. If you want to add a decorative band, trim, or feather, now is the time to do it. Be creative and have fun!

Once you’re happy with the way your hat looks, it’s time to put on the finishing touches. If you’re adding a band, trim, or feather, do it now. Once you’re done, your hat is ready to wear!

Styling Your Top Hat

There are many ways to style your top hat, depending on the look you’re going for. For a more formal look, try pairings your top hat with a waistcoat and pocket watch. For a more casual look, try wearing your top hat with jeans and a t-shirt. And for a truly unique look, try pairing your top hat with steampunk-themed clothing and accessories. No matter how you wear it, a top hat is sure to turn heads!

Tips and Tricks

When making a top hat, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, choose a sturdy fabric. Second, make sure the brim is stiff enough to hold its shape. Third, it is important to finish the edges of the hat so they don’t fray.

Here are some tips and tricks for making a top hat:

– Choose a sturdy fabric: wool, felt, or denim are all good choices.
– Make sure the brim is stiff enough to hold its shape. You can use buckram or interfacing to stiffen the brim.
– Finish the edges of the hat so they don’t fray. You can use bias tape, grosgrain ribbon, or a serger to finish the edges.
– If you want to add embellishments to your hat, consider adding a band of ribbon around the base of the hat or adding a feather or two.
– If you want to make a smaller top hat, try using a child’s straw hat as your base.


Now that you know how to make a top hat, it’s time to put your newfound skills to the test. Find a Steampunk fashion pattern that you like and get to work! With a little bit of effort, you’ll be able to create a one-of-a-kind item that is sure to turn heads.

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