How To Sew A Top Into A Fedora
Recycle your old clothes by learning how to sew a top into a fedora. A fedora is a popular hat style, commonly worn by men in the 1920s and throughout the 20th century. The fedora still looks good in the 21st century. In order to sew a top into a fedora, you'll need to back some shirt fabric with felt to give the hat some body.
To sew a top into a fedora, you will need:
- An old top, preferably made of cotton or wool
- A fedora hat shaper
- Hat pins
- White glue
- A paint brush
- A rubber band
- Heavy-duty thread
- A hand needle
- Matching ribbon
- To sew a top into your fedora, first cut the top into a large rectangle. Cut a piece of felt the same size.
- Drape a piece of felt over the fedora shaper. Center the felt on the shaper, then smooth it down on all four sides. Secure the felt to the shaper with a straight pin on each side.
- Apply a layer of white glue to the felt. Brush the glue on evenly. Remove the pins holding the felt.
- Place the rectangular piece of fabric from the top onto the felt. Smooth the top down into the shape of the fedora. Secure it in place with a rubber band and let the glue dry overnight.
- Cut an oval out of the top and out of the felt. Make the oval 2.5 inches wider on all sides than the fedora crown.
- Brush white glue over the felt oval. Place the top oval over the felt and smooth it down. Let dry overnight.
- Place the crown of the fedora on the oval. Trace around the circumference of the crown and cut the center out of the oval.
- Get ready to sew your fedora together by threading the hand needle with heavy-duty thread. Sew the brim of the fedora to the crown, stitching the inside edge of the cut out to the bottom edge of the crown.
- Apply glue to the back of the matching ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the crown, right where it meets the brim. Let the fedora dry overnight.