Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat!
October 20, 2016
How To Easily Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat? It is so simple you won’t believe it. This hat was most assuredly less expensive and nicer than those at the costume store.
Sophia has decided she wants to be a pirate for Halloween this year. She began sharing her idea of what the costume should look like. She was insistent that she wanted this particular style of hat.
I searched for instructions on how to make a tricorn pirate hat and then remembered I have a book on making historic hats. Instructions for making a tricorn hat were in the book , but I also searched on the internet. During the search, I realized it was simply made from a wide brimmed hat! Seriously!
Shopping at Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store, I stumbled across this black felt hat. My concern for buying an adult hat was that it might be too big for Sophia. This hat has a ribbon inside that allows you to tighten it! Perfect! The 50% off coupon I had was another bonus! It ended up being $7.50.
*** (This picture was lightened so the ribbons were visible.)
The first step for this makeover was adding trim. Remember you have to add the trim to the underside in order for it to show when it is turned up and secured.
The trim used for this hat is brown. The leather-look fabric we chose for the waist cincher is also brown, which will coordinate nicely. Her dress will be white with touches of lace and the overskirt will be this gorgeous gathered black fabric. You can see how nicely it will coordinate!
The trim, which I had leftover from a curtain project, was glued to the outer edge starting at the back of the hat. I didn’t want the place where both ends met to show in the front or on the side. It actually met together nicely and is not overly apparent. (Tacky glue was used for this.)
The next step was turning up the brim in the middle of the back and hand stitching it with needle and thread to secure it. A button with a shank was attached using the same thread and needle. This covered up the thread where it was tacked, although, the thread was hidden in the trim pretty well. The buttons just give a nice effect.
With the back of the hat facing away from me, the sides were bent upward and pinned, creating a nice corner in the front. A pin was inserted into both sides of the hat brim and into the crown to hold in position.
Trying to match the same positioning of the button sewn on the back, the brims were tacked up and buttons attached at the same time.
Seriously, how much easier could this be? Black felt wide-brimmed hats should be easy to find this time of year. The trim and buttons can be changed easily to coordinate with your own costume. We could even add a white feather to this or some other baubles, but that will be left up to Sophia. Can’t wait for her to see it!
Anyway, if a pirate costume is on your agenda this year, you now know “How To Easily Make A Tricorn Pirate Hat!”