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Can Crepe fabric be used for hats?

Hi everyone,

I'm new to sewing and I've been looking into making my own hats for summer. I really like the look and feel of crepe fabric, but I'm not sure if it's a suitable choice for hats. I've read that crepe is commonly used for clothing such as dresses and blouses, but I can't find much information about hats.

Can anyone tell me if crepe fabric can be used for hats? Will it hold its shape well or will it flop? And if it's not a good choice, what other fabrics would you recommend for making summer hats?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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I have not used crepe fabric for hats, but I'm an experienced sewist and I believe that crepe fabric can be used for hats. Crepe fabric is very versatile and can be used for a variety of projects. However, it is important to note that not all types of crepe fabric are suitable for hats.

I recommend using a crepe fabric that is light but has enough firmness to hold its shape. Otherwise, it may be difficult to get the brim and crown of the hat to stay in place. Another important factor to consider is the lining. A suitable lining can not only add structure but also increase the durability of the hat.

If you decide to use crepe fabric for your hats, I suggest experimenting with different types of interfacing to give the hat's brim and crown the desired firmness. Other fabrics such as cotton or linen can also be used for hats and can provide ample stiffness for the brim and crown of the hat.

In conclusion, using crepe fabric for hats can be a great idea if approached with enough attention to detail regarding fabric quality and interfacing to provide stability to the hat.



I'm an avid hat maker, but I have never used crepe fabric for hats. Based on my personal experience, I would suggest using sturdier fabrics for hat making such as cotton, wool, felt, or straw.

Crepe fabric is highly drapable, so it may not be the best choice for hats as they require a certain level of stiffness to maintain a well-defined shape. Also, since crepe fabric is lightweight, it won't have the ability to hold up well to the wear and tear over time that hats are subjected to.

If you like the light and breezy feel of crepe fabric, you can consider using it sparingly as an accent piece rather than the main fabric for the hat. For instance, you can use it as a decorative trim on a brim or use it for lining the hat to add a touch of elegance.

In conclusion, while crepe fabric can be used for hat making, it might not be the best option in terms of longevity and durability, so consider other sturdier fabrics for creating hats that last.


Hello everyone,

I have somewhat mixed feelings about using crepe fabric for hats. I have made hats with crepe fabric in the past and have had a mixed experience with it. While it is a beautiful and elegant fabric, it can be tricky to work with when it comes to achieving a structured and well-defined shape.

One trick to get around this obstacle is to pair the crepe fabric with other fabrics, such as interfacing, mesh, or foam. These materials can give some structure to the hat while still allowing the crepe fabric to drape beautifully. However, it also depends on the kind of hat you want to make. A floppy wide-brimmed hat may not pose too many challenges, whereas a structured fedora may require a different approach.

On the other hand, I have also seen some incredible hats made of crepe fabric that looked stunningly unique and stylish. The lightweight and flowy quality of crepe fabric can make hats perfect for outdoor events or summer weddings. So, if you are determined to use crepe fabric for hats, it can be very rewarding, especially if you take the time to experiment and test different methods.

In conclusion, crepe fabric can be used for hats with a degree of success, but it may require some extra work and experimentation to get the desired result. Mixing crepe fabric with other fabrics, using stiffeners or interfacing, and a variety of other techniques can be used to give the crepe fabric the necessary stiffness to make a hat that keeps its shape all while achieving the desired look and feel.



As someone who has made hats with a wide range of fabrics, I believe that crepe fabric can potentially be used for hats, but it has its advantages and disadvantages. If you're looking for a lightweight fabric that drapes beautifully, crepe fabric might be a tempting option, but you may need to take extra steps to ensure it holds up well.

In my experience, the biggest challenge with crepe fabric is that it doesn't have much structure, so it may take some extra efforts and care to create a hat that maintains its shape. One solution is to use interfacing or a stabilizer to add structure and stiffness to the fabric.

Additionally, it is worth noting that crepe fabric can also be somewhat delicate, depending on the specific fabric used. If you use a thin, lightweight crepe, the hat may not last as long as some sturdier fabrics, even with added interfacing.

As an alternative to crepe fabric, I recommend using cotton or linen fabrics, which can be easier to work with and provide more structure and durability to the hat. If you still want a lightweight fabric, you can look for cotton or linen crepe fabrics, which are similar in texture to traditional crepe fabric but have more structure.

Overall, if you're up for the challenge, crepe fabric can certainly be used for hats, but it may require a bit of extra effort and may not last as long as some other fabrics.


Hello there,

I have not personally used crepe fabric to make a hat before, but I have seen some beautiful hats made from crepe fabric that looked very stylish and trendy. However, I have also seen some crepe fabric hats that did not quite hold their shape as well and ended up looking floppy and unattractive.

Based on my observations, I believe that the success of using crepe fabric for hats depends largely on the quality of the fabric used and the skill of the person making the hat. If you choose a high-quality crepe fabric with enough body and stability, and if you have the right sewing skills, you should be able to make a hat that sits well on your head and keeps its shape.

One suggestion I have is that if you are new to sewing, you may want to try out making a small test hat to see how the fabric behaves and how it holds its shape. You can experiment with different stabilizing options to see what works best for the type of crepe fabric you have.

Ultimately, I think crepe fabric can work well for hats and can make for a unique and interesting choice of fabric. Just keep in mind that it may require some extra care and skill to get the desired result.


Hi there,

I have actually used crepe fabric to make a few summer hats before and I did run into some issues with the shape. Crepe fabric is a lightweight and very flowy type of fabric, so it doesn't have much structure or stability. This can make it more difficult to create a hat that holds its shape without flopping or collapsing.

However, it is still possible to make a crepe fabric hat if you use a proper stabilizer or interfacing to reinforce the fabric. I ended up using a firm interfacing on the inside of the hat and it did help to make it more stable. But just keep in mind that it might not be the easiest fabric to work with if you're new to sewing.

If you're determined to use crepe fabric, I would recommend experimenting with different interfacing options and taking extra care when shaping the hat to get the desired form. If you're looking for a fabric that is more forgiving and easier to work with for hats, cotton or linen might be better options.

Hope that helps!

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