how to make a tricorne pirate hat

As some of you know, I regularly dress up as a pirate. Not for any specific reason (other than it's lots of fun), it just seems to happen.

So anyway, last time we did this we wanted to wear the classic Tricorne hat (aka. tri-corn, tricorn or tri-cornered hat). Similar to what Captain Jack Sparrow can be seen sporting in Pirates of the Carribean. No, I wasn't dressing up as Jack; I just wanted to roll him for his hat.

What we quickly discovered was that you can't find them for love or money (at least where I live, if ye hail from Tortuga feel free to skip this post). We ended up making them. I say we, actually L did the work and I just drove us around to get stuff.

So anyway, how to make a tricorne hat!

  1. Get one round, floppy felt hat; plain with no hatband or stitching. We actually got them cheap from some fast-food fashion shop at Indooroopilly (insert the name of your largest local shopping mall).
  2. Turn up two sides and secure with large X stitches (one per side). The X stitches are a visible feature, don't be shy.
  3. Roll the third side under itself (sort of double it over) and stitch down however you want. That's the back.

You probably want to try pinning the hat first before stitching, to make sure you're happy with the placement. You will obviously need a strong needle to go through the felt.

Arr matey, ye have ye hat! Decorate as desired.


Anonymous Anonymous  

August 14, 2006 5:10 pm

what, no pictures?


Anonymous Anonymous  

August 28, 2006 8:32 am

So what shop was it that you sourced your floppy hats from?

Blogger 200ok  

August 28, 2006 9:58 am

Steve: unfortunately I can't recall its name, just that the shopfit was *very* pink/white and bright.

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