how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil

Here's another vintage hat tutorial today, using some scraps from your stash and a hat base from your recycling bin. This little cocktail hat is an open fabric band embellished with millinery veil and little autumn berries.


You will need:

scrap of fabric- wool, velvet, whatever you like
a cereal box
millinery veil- available from JoAnne Fabrics or on etsy
flowers or berries of your choice. I found these from the dollar tree

PATTERN: download the pattern for free from Dropbox right here


trace your pattern onto the cereal box and cut two pieces

how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil


glue the two pieces together for more stability

how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil

cut your fabric band on the bias, so it bends around the age a little easier
glue the hat base together, forming a circle and whip stitch the fabric to the hat base.

how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil


cut your veil 1 yard long. Gather the veil by folding the long edge like an accordion, with small folds. sew back and forth through the accordion folds to secure.

how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil

Use a few anchor stitches to attach the veil to the hat band.

how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil
how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil

decorate the veil with berries, flowers or fabric bows. I used hot glue and tried to anchor most of the berries to the base and the center of the veil. If you like, you can cover the center of the veil, were most of the berry or flower stems are with a little bow. I found this vintage velvet ribbon in my stash.

how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil
how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil
how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil

You can also sew little hair combs to the inside band of this hat, if it doesn't want to stay on by itself.


how to make a vintage style 1950s-1960s cocktail hat with a veil