Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing how to make a Hmong hat. I remember I spent one summer many years ago working on the embroidery of the hat and making pom poms. I think I embroidered about 6-8 pieces. My mom made them into hats and there was one left that was unfinished. This summer I decided to finish it so that I could learn how to make this Hmong hat from start to finish. This type of Hmong hat is worn with sev plooj and pants.
Black 14 count aida cloth
1 Siv Ceeb
Hmong Hat Tutorial::
- First, you need to complete the embroidery for the top of the hat. Above I have an example of the pattern I used. Feel free to change up the colors. I start from the bottom right corner, leaving some room at the top. The top piece will be tucked into the part of the hat later.
2. Iron on the interface to the back of the embroidery. This will help make the top part of the hat sturdy. Fold the piece in half and iron to make a nice crease. Tuck in the outer edges. edges to make it neat and sew the tucked edges with a sewing machine.
3. Fold the piece in half and iron to make a nice crease. Unfold.
4..Tuck in the outer edges to make it neat and sew the tucked edges with a sewing machine.
5. Fold in half along the crease.
6. Sew the left and bottom sides with a sewing machine. The top edge should be the crease and the right edge should be open.
7. Now you can add pom poms to the top piece. I used 6 beads per pom pom and attached the pom by going through the center threads used to tie the pom pom. I attach 1 pom on top and 1 on the bottom and leave a little over 1 inch in between the pom poms.
8. After you attach the pom poms it should look like this.
9. Now cut out 1 circle out of the interlock canvas (white grid). The circle above is about 7inches in diameter. A circle with the diameter of 7 will make the circumference of the hat about 22 inches. If the circumference of your head is bigger cut out a bigger circle, if smaller cut out a smaller circle.
10. Cut out 2 circles out of the black cotton fabric. This circle should be larger than interlock circle.
11. Iron on the interface to the black circles.
12. Hand sew the black circles onto to the interlock circle.
13. For the first black circle, place the interlock onto the interface side and fold the edges of the black circle over. Sew the edge of the circle.
14. The second black circle will hide the overlapped edges of the first. Again place interface side down onto the interlock. Tuck the edges of the circle in and sew.
15. Cut out a rectangular piece of interlock. The length should be the circumference of your head + ~3 inches. The width is about 5 inches. For reference, my measurements were 25 inches X 5 inches.
16. Cut out a rectangular piece of black cotton, It should be about 1 inch longer than the interlock about 2 times wider. My piece was about 26 inches x 12 inches.
17. Place the interlock on top of black cotton near the top edge. Leave about 1 inch of room. Fold the top of the edge down and sew onto the interlock.
18. Fold the sides in and sew onto the interlock.
19. Take the top piece and place it over the interlock and center.
20. Fold the bottom of the black cotton over the interlock. Tuck the edges and sew.
21. Overlap the edges of the rectangle to fit the size of your head and then hand sew it closed.
22. Place the circle on top and sew it on top of the edge of the hat.
23. Flip the top piece of the hat over onto the circle.
*** I forgot to take a picture of the finished hat with siv ceeb so I used a photo of a different hat instead.
24. Fold and sew siv ceeb at the bottom of the side of the hat. I usually have 3 black stripes and 2 white stripes and sew it a little less than an inch from the bottom.
25. Optional: Attach small coins to the front of the hat.
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