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Old 08-01-2012, 02:17
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I found some mini top hats at hobby lobby in the doll section a few months ago. I made one embellishing it. I saw on etsy that some people are covering their top hats with fabric. Does anyone know how to cover them with fabric? I don't want to make them look sloppy with gluing the fabric onto the hat.
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Default Re: advice on covered mini top hat

Some of the top hats are already covered in different prints when they are ordered from China.


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I found some mini top hats at hobby lobby in the doll section a few months ago. I made one embellishing it. I saw on etsy that some people are covering their top hats with fabric. Does anyone know how to cover them with fabric? I don't want to make them look sloppy with gluing the fabric onto the hat.
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http://www.etsy.com/listing/95520843...earch_type=all

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92676231...-in-wonderland


these are similar to what I would like to do
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Default Re: advice on covered mini top hat

Maybe use spray adhesive instead if hot glue?? Not really sure but would like to know as well. Super cute!
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Default Re: advice on covered mini top hat

I have seen some top hats that are covered in fabric and they look so good. The fabric doesn't look wrinkled, it' nice and smooth. Here is what I am guessing at how they did these:

the second hat looks like it was likely sewn, based on the seams at the top of the hat. So I am guessing that that hat was handmade, or else they have a pattern they made/found so they can sew a fabric sleev to cover the hats.

The second hat, this is my guess. I am thinking that they covered it in sections. Such as cutting a piece to cover the top, the brim and the crown. I am guessing this because of where the trim is in the hat. I think the trim is covering the parts where the fabric pieces meet. The hat gives a decorative look as well as hiding the spots where the fabric meets and is not finished.

Hope that helps some. I have been wanting to try to cover my top hats in fabric since i like the look of it. However, I found a tutorial that suggested making a pattern and then sewing a sleeve/skin that would slide over the hat and fit perfectly, and it just came out a mess!

So I am going to try playing around with gluing the fabric on with pieces and then covering the spots where oyu can see the fabric edges. I think spray adhesive would be the best. I find that hot glue leaves bumps and ridges in some place as it is hard to get it completely flat and even all over the hat.
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Both of those hats look like they were homemade. I am re-doing a few for my granddaughter now that she bought at the swap meet over the week end and I am just switching out the clips. Mine have no seams at all. One I am doing is a black hat that has hot pink dots on it, and the other 4 are a plaid.
The links you posted show seams and looks like the brim was actually serged on a serger.



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Old 08-03-2012, 10:08
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Default Re: advice on covered mini top hat

Yes, they both look handmade. Although neither of these look sewn. There are many patterns for sewing Mini Top Hats, but it really isn't much fun!

Here is one I made to match a dress, no sewing at all.
Fabric, trimming, guimpe (to cover the edges) and Timtex (Heavyweight Iron on stablizer) and hot glue. I used this free Tute...which has several different sizes http://www.fleecefun.com/mini-top-hat.html.
I traced the pattern pieces on cardboard, one set with the seam allowances and one without.
First I cut out the Timtex to the pattern without the seam allowances.
Then I cut the fabric out WITH seam allowances, I gave myself a bit more than 1/4" maybe about 3/8".
I ironed the Timtex pieces to the wrong side of the fabric (in the center) then folded over the edges and hot glued them down. Then I assembled the hat with hot glue.
It may take a few tries to get it looking nice, or maybe not
Remember, you can hide most flaws with embellishments!

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I've wanted to try to make one of these. Are there any tuts?
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