Hats were an essential part of an 18th century wardrobe. They were practical as well as fashionable and worn by all socioeconomic levels. They could be simply decorated with a single ribbon or elaborately decorated with silk and trimming techniques. In this video we take you step by step through the process of decorating 3 styles of straw hats suitable for the 1760’s thru the mid 1780’s.


Supplies Needed:
  • Straw Hat: Fine Milan Straw Hat, Natural or Black, or Doll Size
  • Ribbon: Silk Taffeta, Paduasoy, or Silk Single Faced Satin
    • Full Size Hat
      • Hat A: 3 yards of 1/2" inch ribbon
      • Hat B: 4 to 5 yards of 1, 1 ¼ or 2 inch ribbon (add 2 yards to bind brim)
      • Hat C: 6 to 12 yards of 2 inch ribbon (add 2 to 4 yards to bind brim) or ½ to 1 yard of silk taffeta fabric hemmed to desired width
    • Doll Size Hat
      • Hat A: ¼” to ½” ribbon (Ties-30 inches; Crown Trim-12 inches)
      • Hat B: ½” ribbon (Ties-30 inches; Crown Trim-18 inches; Brim Binding-27 inches)
      • Hat C: 1¼” ribbon (Ties-30 inches; Crown Trim-27 to 108 inches; Brim Binding-27 to 54 inches)
  • Silk Sewing Thread
  • Thimble
  • Pins/sewing clips
  • Needles: ND3 or ND7 Scissors
  • Optional:
    • Pliers or needle puller
    • Piece of paper
    • Pencil
    • Piece of string
    • Thumb tack