Hat-making Classes

Over the course of the year I host hat-making classes so you can learn a new skill and leave with a finished hat. Each class focuses on particular styles, materials and techniques. I will show you examples of the selected styles, offer support as you make choices to personalise your design, and walk you step-by-step through the process of making.

  • On the one-day class you will focus on a particular style and leave with a fully completed hat, finished to a high standard.
  • The three-day millinery schools in Spring, Summer and Autumn offer a more in-depth experience, where you will have time to experiment more and create more than one model over the three days.

Basic hand-sewing skills are the minimum requirement to attend one of these classes.

Class sizes are limited to small numbers, to ensure a good teacher/student ratio.

The remaining 2018 programme of classes is listed below. All classes are held at Hat in the Cat, 2 Main Street, Perth, and run from 10am-4pm on the days indicated. For fuller descriptions view or download our PDF classes leaflet.

To make a booking, please use the link to this Booking Form (opens in new tab or window). Please contact Jeanette on 01738 624213 or info@hatinthecat.co.uk if you have any questions.


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Great Gatsby Flapper Headpiece

Saturday 1 September £65 includes all materials         PLACES AVAILABLE

Fashion a period wire frame which you will cover with a sequinned lace or velvet fabric and embellish with a trim of your choice. Feel free to bring pieces of family or fashion jewellery to add that personal touch!

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Everyday Soft Hats

Saturday 8 September £65         PLACES AVAILABLE

Use tweeds, woollen fabrics or cotton velvets to make a 1920s cloche in three pieces with an added brim, a soft velvet turban, or a stylish pillbox hat with a crown including three pleats to give extra volume.

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Freeform Sinamay

Saturday 15 September £65         PLACES AVAILABLE

Sculpt a freeform shape with sinamay, then wire, edge and trim with flowers, organic sinamay shapes, pieces of jewellery or feathers. The finished piece can be fixed onto a headband, comb or clips depending on preference.

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Autumn/Winter Millinery School: Fur and Felt

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 October (3 days) £295         PLACES AVAILABLE

Traditional millinery with a contemporary, freeform approach to design. Use flat patterns to construct pillbox, cloche, bakerboy or wide-brimmed hats from felt and luxury faux fur perfect for cold, wintry days.

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Everyday Winter Hats

Saturday 3 November £65         PLACES AVAILABLE

Make an everyday hat for those cold winter days. You can choose a 1920s cloche, a fitted luxury fur hat, or a duckbilled cap with an industrially formed peak – a stylish variation on the traditional man’s flat cap.

Textile masterclasses at Big Cat Textiles

At the larger Big Cat Textiles based in Newburgh Fife we offer a comprehensive program of textile masterclasses taught by the world’s best textiles artists. You can find the Big Cat masterclass schedule here.