How to Make a Beret

Since invention of berets, it has been around for thousands of years. In the Basque region of France, this type of hat was worn by shepherds in tradition. At present, berets become the synonymy of French sophistication rather than the epitome of rough rural peasants. However, these days berets would be expensive. There is also a cost-effective manner that one could secure cheap and cheerful berets.

Sewing a Simple Beret Hat


Tip 1 Choice Materials

In tradition, berets are made of wool felt. It would be better if one chooses thick felt. More than a half yard of felt would be enough to design and sew a fashionable beret. It should be noted that felt will contact with the skin directly, so choice felt is necessary to avoid itchy and other uncomfortable experiences.

Tip 2 Make sure Head Circumference with Tailor’s Measuring Tape

For the purpose of personalizing tailor-to-measure felt beret, diameter of one’s head, namely head circumference, will determine the size of opening in the beret. Anything flexible like threads, stripes and cloth could be using as a measuring tape, wrapping around your head. Then the length of the tape is equivalent to head circumference.

Tip 3 Patter Design

At first, one needs to draw pattern on a thin piece of paper as much as possible. A intact felt beret consists of three parts: the band, the top of hat and the underside of the beret. Some seam allowance should be preserved appropriately, so that those three parts could be fastened together perfectly.

Pattern Piece for the Band

Along one of the long sides of the rectangular band, tab should be woven onto a long skinny one. When it refers to the length, additional seam allowance in 1.3 length should be added to diameter of one’s head. Then, the total width of the band should be 3.8cm in total. After cutting out the rectangle base in this size, one also needs to cut out little V-shapes on one long side. The little “V” should be 2.5 cm center to center. The deepest point of each “V’ should be 1.3 cm.

Draw Pattern on the Top Piece

It’s probably good 30cm diameter is suitable to the top piece. Then draw a circle on pattern paper this size. How could draw a circle in the event that you have not a compass? A homemade compass would be a perfect solution of the problem. Tied a string to a pencil, and fixed the other end of string on the pattern paper with a tiny needle. Then one could draw a circle in a right size after setting a correct semi-diameter. A record would be helpful greatly.

Cutting an Underside of the Beret

Two circles would be included in the link. The larger one should be cut out in the size of top piece. The second center would sit in the center of the first circle. Then all above three pieces could be sewed together.