January 4, 2008

Homburg hat – ribbon on the edge…

Filed under: Homburg for Peter,Millinery projects,millinery techniques and cheats — Cristina de Prada @ 2:28 pm

I’ve redone this posting because the html code had gone completely crazy and the more I tried to fix it the worse it became! 

I’m happy to say the hat is progressing (finally!):

Homburg with the edge binding finishedI’ve used the sewing machine to stitch the inner edge. I realized too late that the two ends had to be sewn in advance (I thought first to fold one edge over and put the other one on top, but the three thicknesses were too much). I fixed it but it was a tight spot to sew with the machine so it was not easy to (and I did not) make a straight line.

New sewing machine!

My new sewing machine has done a great job stitching through the felt and grosgrain. The foot can be lifted really high and that makes it easy to work with felt. Obviously the crown was on the way but I worked around that somehow, and I had to stitch further in than I wanted, because otherwise the feed dogs would not drag the felt.


Grosgrain pinned ready for machine stitching


Machine sewn edge before turning over

  Here you can see how I cut the top corners of the grosgrain to reduce bulk (they were popping out when I folded the ribbon which looked terrible), I carefully dabbed some white glue on the edge to avoid unraveling. I have also cut a notch on the felt so that the extra thickness can sink in there and be less obvious.

Ribbon trimmed - felt notched!

In the next picture you can see the edge turned over, ready for slip stitching by hand.

Edge turned over ready to be hand finished


The back looks pretty neat, all things considered. 

View from the back of the finished binding


Next thing is the sweat band… working on it! 


  1. WOW! Great hat. Have so enjoyed following your progress on it. Fascinated with the fact you have created your own unique hat block and all you have done to make it just as you desire. Brilliant work!

    Comment by Glorious Hats — January 4, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  2. Fabulous job!

    Comment by Marie — January 4, 2008 @ 6:34 pm

  3. I’m interested in how you handled the pops in the flow of the ribbon. That has always been a booger for me.

    Comment by jill — January 4, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

  4. Jill, I don’t really know what you mean by pops… puckers? The truth is that I was lucky because that edge just goes straight up, so there was no excess ribbon. Also finishing the outer edge by hand gives one more control.

    Thank you all for the positive comments!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — January 7, 2008 @ 10:10 am

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