how to make sinamay hats, book 1

Sinamay makes wonderful, contemporary hats – it’s such a light and airy hat making fabric. With just one crown and one brim block you have the tools on which you can shape, or ‘block’, your own beautiful creations. This book explains how to create a sinamay hat with a down-turning brim. As with all our books, it’s full of detailed photographs and clear instructions which are easy to follow. We’ve included a comprehensive list of the equipment and materials you’ll need, and take you step by step through the entire process. Even if you’ve never done anything like this before, you won’t find it difficult, and you’ll end up with a hat that looks extremely professional. You might also consider buying Finishing Touches 1 (available at 50% off) to compliment this book – Finishing Touches 1 explains how to make the decorations on a sinamay hat like this.

With the knowledge gained from this book, you’ll be able to create a huge variety of hats which will all look different as you vary the size of your brims, the height of your crowns, the colours you use, etc.

Blocking the brim on your brim block.

Marking the centre, front and back, with chinagraph.

Easing the crown on to the brim.