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The captain’s hat is the must-have of winter and is now worn with both sporty and chic outfits. Long or short: “The Baker Boy Beanie” looks great on all hairstyles and perfectly conceals bad hair days! This trend accessory looks totally cool and is also practical (and did we mention easy to make)?

All images: © Jan Schmiedel


+ Wool
+ Cotton
+ Decovil I Vlieseline Freudenberg
+ Decovil Light Vlieseline Freudenberg
+ Link chain
+ Thread
+ Scissors
+ Pins
+ Hand sewing needle
+ Thimble
+ Measuring tape
+ Pliers
+ Template/stencils (download here for FREE)

DIY Captains Hat Steps 1 2

Step 1: Cut stencils (enlarge PDF to 200%) with 1 cm seam allowance. A: 2 times wool, B: 1 time wool and 1 time cotton, C: 2 times wool, 1 time wool and 1 time cotton.

Step 2: Cut section A 1 time from Decovil I without seam allowance and iron on the wrong side of the wool fabric.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 3 4

Step 3: Put the interfaced piece A to the right side of the unfinished cut piece A and stitch the outer bow 1 mm next to the Decovil insert.

Step 4: Then cut back the seam allowance along the rounding to about 2 mm and turn the shield and iron.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 5 6

Step 5: Stitch the brim piece from the right side of the fabric along the curve at 1 cm.

Step 6: Cut cut piece C (cuffs) once from Decovil Light without seam allowances and iron on the wrong side of cut piece C. Then in both parts of piece C stitch the center back right sides together.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 7 8

Step 7: Pin the center back at the cut part B (side part). Place right sides together evenly on cutting section D (cover) and stitch at 1 cm.

Step 8: Iron the seam allowance towards the side panel B and stitch around it from the right side.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 9 10

Step 9: Put cuff C (Step 6) right sides together with the cap (B and D) from Step 8 and stitch. Iron seam allowances towards the side panel B and stitch edges right sides together.

Step 10: Put the brim (from Step 5) on the cap. Carefully cut the allowances several times at the opening, so it sews in better around the curve.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 11 12

Step 11: Stitch the brim right sides together to the cap at 1 cm.

Step 12: Cut D and B from cotton fabric. Stitch the center back of B, and press seam allowance open and then pin it around cut piece D and stitch around the curved edge.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 13 14

Step 13: Pin the cuffs C on the right side of the cap (step 12) and stitch all around. Iron seam allowance towards side panel B and stitch from edge to edge.

Step 14: Pin the inner and outer hats and sew together at 1cm, then pull through the opening.

DIY Captains Hat Steps 15 16

Step 15: Iron in the seam allowance at the opening at 1 cm and pin.

Step 16: Stitch along the front of the brim on the cuff © 2 mm near the edge. So the lining is sewn on the inside.


Step 17: Finally, cut the chain to the desired length and sew. Also sew the buttons at the ends by hand.



This hat can be made from an old or thrifted coat and each piece can be cut in different fabrics for an interesting look!

Photographer: Jan Schmiedel, Sebastian Sunday
Production: Catharina Hader


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