This vintage straw fedora hat belonged to my husband’s grandfather which means it was probably purchased in the 1940s which makes it nearly 80 years old. Despite its age and signs of wear, it’s still something to treasure and wear once in a while, don’t you think? The original band had come off and my husband asked me if I could make a new one for the old hat. Of course, I said YES, even though I had never before made one. He came home with a piece of fabric her purchased at Walmart – polka dots, he decided would make the perfect hatband.
Here is a step by step tutorial about how I made a new hatband for an old vintage straw fedora hat.
- 1 Yard 100% Cotton Fabric – I used Waverly Inspirations Large Dot Black & White Fabric
- Interfacing/Backing – (I didn’t have the fusible type of interfacing on hand so I had to do some hand stitching to keep everything in place.) I would highly recommend using a fusible kind like Fast2Fuse Fusible Interfacing Light that way the fabric will adhere to the backing and you won’t need to hand sew it in place 🙂
- The regular sewing essentials (Scissors, thread, needle, measuring device, sewing machine and patience).
- Measure the circumference of the hat. In this case, the hat measured 23 1/2″ around.
- Measure the height of the band. From the marks on the hat, I could tell it once had a band that measured 2 inches high.
- Cut the interfacing piece. It should measure exactly the circumference and just under the desired height. For me this was 23 1/2″ long x 1 7/8″ high.
- Cut the hatband fabric. For this I added 1 1/2″ to the length – 25″ and I doubled the height – 4″
- Iron the fabric around the non-fusible or fusible interfacing.
- Sew the ends of the band together. With the open side out, join the short ends. Check to make sure it will fit over the hat and adjust as needed before sewing a seam to form the completed circle. Repress if needed.
- For non-fusible interfacing with handsewing: Keeping the open sides out, carefully hand stitch the sides together to close over the interfacing. Do not sew through to the outside of the fabric. You don’t want stitches to be seen on the outside of the hatband.
For fusible interfacing – iron only: The fabric should be in place and you shouldn’t need to hand sew.
- Cut the band accent piece. For me again, I doubled the height of the band, so 4″ and then 1.5″ wide. Fold along the long edge right sides facing and sew a 1/4″ seam on the sewing machine. Turn right side out and move the seam to be in the middle of the piece. I went ahead and finished the short edges on the sewing machine to prevent fraying.
- Sew the accent piece to band. Attach one end of the band accent to the bottom edge of the hatband. I did this with my sewing machine. Then I wrapped the rest of the accent around the hatband (where the seam is) and hand stitched in place.
- Set the completed hatband where you want it to be on the hat. I made sure there was a polka dot right in the middle of the front of the hat. Secure bottom of the band with a few stitches to the front and back of the straw hat.
Watch my video to get a better idea of the steps I took from beginning to end.