Hats are an essential component of most steampunk outfits. And what's more satisfying than making them yourself? There are a ton of guides to making your own online, and I've collected my favorites here.
Recovering a cheap felt top hat with fabric
This is a really great tutorial that blew my mind because I had never considered using a cheap felt hat as a base for making a fabric covered hat. The process for covering the hat requires a lot of the same skills as making a fabric hat from scratch. It involves a good amount of hand-sewing, machine sewing, and gluing, but it's a lot quicker than making your own frame.
Tom Banwell's Leather Top Hat Tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to make the hat pictured here, and includes a lovely pattern. This hat uses some real leather working skills like cutting, sewing, riveting, shaping, and dyeing leather. The tutorial is not super detailed, so I'd recommend some prior experience working with leather.
Tom Banwell's Plague Doctor Hat Tutorial - This tutorial uses a very different leather hat making
technique, using thinner garment weight leather, some cardboard, and wire to make a soft leather hat. It would totally be possible to adapt these techniques to differently shaped hats. He uses glue and stitching to hold it all together.
Here's a good Instructable on making a plain leather top hat. The instructions are clear, with step by step photos. This isn't the only way to make a leather top hat, but it's a fairly straightforward one. The parts are all hand-stitched together.
This Burdastyle tutorial shows how to make a traditional buckram based top hat. Part 2.
The directions aren't particularly detailed when it comes to making the frame, but it does give the general idea. As I've mentioned before, and as this link mentions, Lynn McMaster's patterns are highly recommended and have great instructions.
This Mini Tricorn or Pirate Hat Tutorial has a fantastic free downloadable pattern. It's shown made from cardstock and fleece, but I'd use some different materials to get the same shape, like buckram and fabric, or maybe even wool felt.
Does anyone have other hat making tutorials I haven't mentioned? Have you made your own hat? How did it turn out?