One Day Vintage Hat Making workshop in Felt


In this class, each participant will make their own percher, cloche, or trilby hat from wool felt, in the traditional way of ‘blocking’ the felt around wooden hat blocks.

A ‘Percher Hat’ is a delightful hat which is small enough to simply ‘perch’ on the edge of the head. This is the typical style of hat which you’ll find in the Sahar Millinery collections. Often, percher hats look quite vintage – akin to the pillbox hats of the 50s or structured beret hats of the 40s. However, depending on how you trim / style your hat – it could also look completely contemporary.

There is a variety of blocks (ie shapes) available (pillbox, button, beret etc). If you like the idea of doing the felt class, but would rather block a ‘full’ hat, there is also the option of making a cloche (ie 1920s shape) or trilby hat.

As you book, Sahar will ask you what shape you’d like to make as the blocks are available on a first come first served basis (typically one hat shape per person). She will also provide you with a colour chart so you can order the felt colour you’d like to use.

At the end of the class, each participant will have one new hat to take away with them, and gained an insight into the world of millinery – it’s materials, techniques, and how trimmings can drastically alter the look and feel of a hat.

This class is suitable for all levels. Basic sewing knowledge is helpful but not essential.

Classes are small (typically 2 – 6 people).

If you’re buying this as a voucher for someone, you can simply email Sahar the name of the person you’re buying it for and Sahar will put their name on the e-voucher and email it to you. You can either book a place on a class coming up, or the person who is being gifted can email Sahar to arrange a mutually convenient date. The voucher is valid for one year. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tip: Buy a hat box and print out the voucher, to present in the hat box!