The other day I stumbled upon a Pill Box Hat tutorial by Humble Bumble B on the Threadbanger YouTube channel (link). After watching the tute I had to make one!
I had a little trouble stitching the curve, but for the most part it was pretty easy to make. Although to be honest, I think some of my stitching looks as if I was drinking and sewing. I wasn't. I promise. It was late at night. Anywho, the hat was quick to make and requires very little fabric to complete it. You can probably get by with using some scrap fabric if you have a stash. In the tutorial, Ms Humble Bumble doesn't mention interfacing, which is probably because she uses a wool felt fabric in the tute. However, when making my hat, I did fuse interfacing to the fabric pieces before I stitched the pieces together. It all depends on the type of fabric you use, so it's something worth considering before you make the hat.
The flower and birdcage netting is my own embellishment. For the flower I used dupioni silk from Joann's Fabric. I cut a 1/2" strip of the fabric, folded it in half lengthwise and wound it up. While I wound the strip I dabbed glue along the base of the strip and glued the layers together. For the birdcage netting, I found a great etsy store called Birdcage Supply (link). They have all sorts of Russian, French, and English Veil netting.
Here's how the hat looks on my noggin...
To secure the hat to my head, I stitched a small buttonhole on one side of the hat. Then, I pinned a bobby pin through it to secure the hat to my hair. I pinned a second bobby pin through the birdcage netting to secure the opposite side of the hat. This was enough to make sure the hat wasn't going to fly off into the sunset with one little blow of the wind.
I love the hat, even though I have no idea where I'm going to wear it.