Williamsburg Hat Tutorial

Learn how to make this 18th century ladies’ hat out of a straw placemat! Create an entire 18th century wardrobe with patterns available at Pemberley Threads (click here to shop the pattern catalog)

Note: 18″ doll size measurements are in normal font, 16″ doll size measurements are in italics.

What you will need:


  1. Find a suitable placemat. Make sure it is fairly light weight and not too stiff. I found mine on Amazon.

2. Measure 3 1/4″ (2 3/4″) out from the center. Mark with a pin.

3. Snip the thread closest to your pin marking.

4. Rip the stitching out until you have a complete circle.

5. Snip the braid.

6. If desired, dab a small amount of glue on the end of the placemat stitching to prevent unraveling. Tuck in the cut end of the braid to the under side of the hat and stitch in place.

7. Measure out 1 1/4″ (1″) from the center of hat and make a circle with a marker on the top side of the hat.

8. Centering ribbon over the marked circle, begin pleating the ribbon and stitching all the way around the circle. (You can measure out the pleats and pin in place to be extra neat, I didn’t bother on this one)

9. When you get back around to the beginning of the circle, snip the ribbon, leaving a little extra to tuck under.

10. Tuck the end of the ribbon under and stitch over.

11. Cut a 23″ (19″) length of ribbon for the ties. Find the center and pin to the center underside of hat. Stitch the ribbon on each side 1 1/4″ (1 1/4″) in from the outer edge.

12. Place the hat forward on the head and tilted down. Tie the ribbon under the hair in a bow.

Your hat is complete! Browse some other 18th century designs for 16″ and 18″ dolls at www.pemberleythreads.etsy.com

Happy Sewing!