July 6, 2007

Stitching the edge and finishing off the cloche hat

Filed under: Cloche from italian block,Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 1:25 pm

The hat has been finished for a while sorry it took so long to post it!

I have not used a headsize ribbon on this one, I’ve just stitched the edge under using a double back stitch to make sure it stayed in place.


double back stitch


double back stitck top viewstitching felt bottom view












Do not make the stitches too short or the felt will rip, and do not be concerned about the stitches showing through. Once you’re done stitching you just need to brush the felt over the stitches (I’m using here a -new- BBQ cleaning brush to do it), and as you can see the stitches are no longer be visible!


Brushing over the stitches to make them disappearThe stitches cannot be seen!



  1. Gorgeous! It practically hums with style. Thanks for showing the barbeque brush technique. I didn’t know about that one. I think the hat is so elegant it doesn’t even need any trim, but I am wondering if you have something planned. We’ve had gray rainy days here for several weeks, so between your greyish hat and my new greyish straw, I think we’ve got a theme going. Maybe we should issue a grey hat challenge to all the milliners out there.
    Thanks for posting your pictures…and please, you are going to make some more hats now that you have a dab of free time?

    Comment by jill — July 6, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

  2. Jill! I agree, this block is just magic, very simple and very stylish, I love it. Tomorrow I will post pictures of other hats I’ve made with the same block. And yes, yes, yes, I’m going to make more hats now that I have more time (although my mom has a way of sucking up all my time!). Now it’s time for a summer hat!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — July 6, 2007 @ 9:32 pm

  3. The BBQ brush is a very smart tip. I’m loving your blog, really. You’re a kindred spirit indeed!

    Comment by Denishe Hats — September 1, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  4. Thank you Denise! I think sharing information is the way to go if we don’t want to become extinct.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — September 1, 2008 @ 9:06 pm

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