How to make a lined Garbo Hat

Hat - Tutorial
Here is the fully lined deluxe version of the “Garbo Hat”. The first version was simple and fast, wonderful if you work with felt. However, lined hats do feel more substantial and are recommended if fabrics other than felt are used. This is what you do: Sew a hat according to the instructions here, but cut the band only 1.75 inches wide (instead of 3.5 inches).

Sew the hat until the last step where the band is folded. STOP. Sew another hat the same way, which will be the lining, exactly like the first with a band 1.75 inches wide. The two parts are now ready to be joined together:

The outside of the hat above is heavy tweed fabric from a recycled suit and the lining a considerably lighter cotton fabric:

Tutorial: Hat

To make things clear, let’s call the outside of the hat “tweedy” and the inside lining “flowers”.

First step is to make sure, that “tweedy” is turned with the right side out and “flowers” is turned with the wrong side out. Place “tweedy” into “flowers” as shown in the picture below. Or in short: “tweedy” right side out into “flowers” wrong side out. The pictures below should help. See the seams of “flowers” on the outside?

Tutorial: Hat

Tutorial: Hat

Tutorial: Hat

Pin the two together, leaving an opening on the top big enough to pull “tweedy” through. But first, sew “tweedy” and “flowers” together leaving the opening.

Pull the hat inside out through the opening:

Tutorial Hat

Hat Tutorial

Sew the opening shut with a slip stitch. Done. Your very own lined Garbo Hat is ready!

Possibilities are endless. One of my favorite hats right now is one sewn from t-shirt fabric. It’s not only soft, but completely reversible.  (BTW my favorite is always the last one I make.)

- Decorate the trim with a ribbon or top stitching.
- Make some fabric flowers using the leftover fabric.
- If the hat is too big, gather the center top to your desired size and sew together with a few stitches.
- Use thin cream or white linen fabric for a Vaudeville summer look.
- Decorate the outer shell before lining with embroidery.

Most women wear many hats. Let’s make it fun. Be sure to enjoy the process.

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  1. Anairam says:

    Oh, thank you, thank you!! Your beret type hat is beautiful,I am most definitely going to make it. Am thinking of a summer version of it. (I am not wearing my black bread plate hat as much as I would like to, it kind of makes it difficult for me to see as it sits so low over my eyes, and the brim is not wide enough, making it too long and tubular, if you know what I mean. It is the kind of hat that makes a statement, but ends up being impractical to wear.) PS I have just finished watching a set of Garbo DVD's – including Camille, Anna Karenina, Mata Hari, Grand Hotel, and Ninotchka. I just love that scene in Ninotchka when she, newly arrived from Russia, spots a funny hat in a Paris shop window. She denounces it as utterly capitalist and frivolous. She ends up buying it, though!

  2. Maite - vitoma says:

    Me encanta.

  3. Anita says:

    I just made a tweed skirt for my daughter, now I need to see if there's enough fabric for a matching hat. Thank you for the tutorial!

  4. Michelle @ Periwinkle says:

    I love the hat!! I am thinking about making one, but need to psych myself up for a project like this– but your instructions look really helpful, thank you for posting them.

  5. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [23 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wunderbar! Ich kann es kaum erwarten, loszulegen! Liebe Grüsse aus Wien und vielen Dank für die Anregung!

  7. veryberryhandmade says:

    How absolutely gorgeous. I'm busy trying to think whether I have some suitable fabric to make one of these… Thanks for the instructions. :D

  8. Kathryn says:

    This is fabulous! I am putting this on my project list. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us!

  9. SO-MADZ-BETTER says:

    aww would love to try this ♥ thanks for sharing

  10. Sewing Tutorials Library says:

    Love this hat, it looks wonderful on you! I'm adding your link to Sewing Tutorials Library. Thanks for the fun project!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just finished my first one with black velvet! I love it. Can't wait to maker more.

  12. Vanessa says:

    Great job! Let me know if you’d like to sell them. :) You can send me an email.

  13. Vanessa says:

    by the way, if the email didn’t display on the page, it’s Thanks, Vanessa

  14. kerri says:

    i can’t seem to get the tutorial? can someone help me please? thank you. the hat looks beautiful!

  15. kathrin says:

    Hi, the tutorial (which is more a how-to than precise instructions) is here:
    Hope this helps!

  16. Kirsten says:

    Thanks for such a great tutorial! I have tried to make hats in the past and failed utterly! This tutorial was easy to follow and quick to make! i was able to make a hat and matching mittens with an old coat that I was about to get rid of!


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