In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own hat lining. Here I sew a lining for my 1920s black wool cloche hat.
Cut a circle as big or as small as you want. Then cut a rectangle, as long as the hat circumference (the turquoise line), and as wide as the hat height minus the radius of the circle (the teal line). Don’t forget to add seam allowances round both fabric pieces.
Fold the rectangle in half and sew the short sides together.
Sew a string to one of the long sides of the rectangle.
Draw the string tight till the opening fits the circumference of the fabric circle …
… and pin both together.
The gathers don’t have to be perfectly even distributed.
Sew the fabric circle and rectangle together.
Place the lining so inside the hat that the raw edges are hidden.
Pin the lining in place.
Sew the hat lining in place with slanting stitches which don’t go through to the outside of the hat.