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HATalk Millinery Projects

We’ve put together a library of step-by-step millinery projects, tutorials and useful hints and tips to help you along on your hat making journey. If you’re already a HATalk Subscriber, make sure that you log-in to enjoy full access to all of them. Otherwise, you can sign up for a free trial HERE. We’ll be adding more projects regularly, so be sure to check back often to find new things to make.

Beaded Flower Stamens

Use Rigilene boning to make curled and beaded stamens for finishing off your handmade flowers.   

Bias Strip Fascinator

A simple fascinator made with sinamay bias strips and feathers - perfect for a summer wedding or race meeting.

Biot Feather Bird

A novel way to use up leftover feathers, these little birds make a perfect hat trim or can be attached directly to a hair band.

Biot Feather Flowers

A quick and easy spikey goose biot feather flower tutorial which can be completed in less than an hour.

Blooming Feathers

An explosion of stripped coq and spiky goose biot feathers add depth and movement to this looped sinamay flower fascinator. 

Covering a Headband

Give a simple plastic headband a makeover by covering it with ribbon to match your millinery creations.

Curling and Knotting Biots

Discover how to curl and knot goose biot feathers so that your millinery trimmings stand out in a crowd.

Curling Feathers and Quills

Learn how to use hair straighteners to curl feathers and quills, as well as how to partially strip and colour a feather for added effect. 

Curving a Hat Band

Learn how to curve Petersham to create professional looking hat bands which lie flat when sewn around the crown of a hat.

EVA Foam Orchid

Step-by-step instructions for making a stunning and realistic Cattleya orchid using the thermoplastic EVA Foam.

Feather Pad

Make your own custom feather mounts with a small scrap of sinamay and a colourful assortment of feathers.

Feather Peonies

These gorgeous goose nagoire feather flowers are quick to make and don’t require any specialist equipment.

Felt Hat Blocking Tip

A simple, time-saving trick to help you achieve a perfectly smooth finish when you block a felt crown.

Finding the Bias

Learn how to find the bias of a piece of sinamay, or other woven millinery material, quickly and easily.

Fractured Ribbon Flowers

A ribbon project with instructions for making two different flower styles from folded Petersham.

Freeform Fascinator

Sinamay pieces, with wired and bound edges, can be turned into wonderfully striking and unique freeform fascinators.

Gathered Sinamay Bow

A great project for millinery beginners, this quick and easy gathered bow is made from a single square of sinamay. 

Hackle Spray Fascinator

A well made hackle spray is beautiful in its own right, so very little work is needed to turn it into a stunning feather fascinator.

Hand Sewing Sinamay

Learn basic starting and finishing stitches for hand sewing sinamay, as well as the best needles for this millinery material.

Hand-Draped Felt Cloche

Use freeform draping and pleating techniques to create a 1920s style felt cloche with an assymetrical brim.

Jinsin Saucer Hat

The pleated jinsin Diorabella saucer hat is a great millinery project for beginners - no hat block required!

Knotted Flower Fascinator

A knotted satin bias tape flower is the focal point of this fascinator, which is mounted onto a teardrop shaped sinamay base.

Lace Butterfly Fascinator

This pretty lace butterfly fascinator, complete with matching hair band, is the perfect headpiece for a flower girl.

Lady Mary Hair Pin

The Lady Mary Hair Pin is a great project for beginners and should only take about 2 hours to make.

Leather Camellia

This stunning leather camellia can be worn as a brooch, a headpiece or used as a decoration on a hat.

Leather Rose

Petals and leaves shaped with heated flower making tools give this leather rose a beautifully realistic look.

Lilies On A Quill

Turn a set of sinamay lilies into a dramatic headpiece which would be perfect for a day at the races.

Making Bias Binding

Create your own bias binding out of sinamay strips so that you can find the perfect match for any hat that you make.

Opposing Triangles

A pair of fused sinamay triangle shapes are sewn together, bound and added to a hair band to create an upswept fascinator.

Organza Tea Roses

These simple tea roses are a great starter project for those new to millinery flower making. They can be made without any special tools and only require a small amount of silk organza. If you have off-cuts from another project, like the Shoulder Length Veil, you will have more than enough to make quite a few roses.

Petersham Cockade

Make a stylish cockade by folding a length of Petersham ribbon and use it to trim a mini top hat.

Restoring Hat Grooves

A simple and inexpensive trick for using rice bags to repair damaged grooves, dimples and valleys on an old blocked hat.

Retro Daisy Bridal Veil

Make your own vintage style bridal blusher veil and finish off the 1960s look with Guipure lace daisies.

Rolled Sinamay Fascinator

Create individual sinamay petals with rolled edges and then put them all together to make this interesting headpiece. 

Shoulder Length Veil

This classic, two-tiered, shoulder length, silk organza veil that you can make at home is finished with a lovely fluted edge.

Silk Abaca Bow

Shape and sew silk abaca to create a stylish bow which can be used as a hat decoration or as a fascinator.

Silk Abaca Leaves

Use flower making tools to create realistic leaves, calyxes and stems to add to your handmade flowers.

Silk Abaca Rose

Step-by-step instructions for making a beautiful silk abaca rose from scratch, including painting and shaping the petals.

Sinamay Fascinator

Use pieces of sinamay left over from other millinery projects to create a small bias strip and triangles fascinator.

Sinamay Lily

These lovely lilies can be made from a single square of sinamay in the size of your choice and used in all kinds of creative ways.

Sinamay Rose Fascinator

This tutorial focuses on rolling, shaping and hand sewing sinamay to create a small rosebud fascinator with leaves.

Sinamay Saucer

You can create a whole range of unique headpieces by trimming this simple fascinator base with different decorations.

Sinamay Spirals Fascinator

Learn how to make a sinamay fascinator base and decorate it with flowers and handmade sinamay spirals.

Straw and Sinamay Hat

Block and sew a wide brimmed straw and sinamay hat - a classic choice for the Kentucky Derby or Royal Ascot.

Three-Legged Sinamay Base

Each leg of this versatile sinamay fascinator base is wired so that it can be bent to fit the wearer’s head.

Tulle Flower

Pretty enough for a flower girl, knotted biot feathers add sophistication to this delicate tulle flower fascinator.

Twisted Base Fascinator

The oval base of this sinamay fascinator is cut, wired and twisted to fit the shape of the wearer's head.

Vegan Fabric Feather

These easy fabric feathers are eco-friendly and vegan - a sustainable alternative to using real feathers in millinery.

Wiring a Sinamay Edge

Learn how to wire and bind a sinamay edge by hand, using a practice piece to develop your millinery skills.

Wonderflex Spirals

Create modern and versatile thermoplastic spirals out of Wonderflex to trim your hats and fascinators.

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