Hat Making Classes

Over the course of the year we 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. You’ll be shown examples of the selected styles before deciding how to personalise your design. You’ll then be guided through the process of making with step-by-step instructions.

  • On one day hat making classes you will focus on a particular style and leave with a fully completed hat, finished to a high standard.
  • The two 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 two 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.

All hat making classes are held at Hat in the Cat, 2 Main Street, Perth, and run from 10am-4pm on the days indicated.

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 j@sendler.co.uk if you have any questions.

2019 Hat Classes - Stitch Straw

Stitch Straw

Saturday 1 June 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Create a shape on the sewing machine using stitched straw strands and learn how to produce either a regular disc or a more organic shape. Using wire to add height and rigidity can extend your design choices. Trims can be made from straw and sinamay in the shape of fans, cockades and flowers.

2019 Hat Classes - Summer Millinery

Summer Millinery

Friday 21 to Saturday 22 June 2019 (2 days) £195 PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques, but with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll sample a range of media, including sinamay, felt and buckram, and make and trim two hats of your own design.

2019 Hat Classes - Jane Smith Wire Structures

Wire Structures throughout the Centuries with Jane Smith

Monday 24 to Thursday 27 June (4 days) £395 ALMOST FULL

Learn how to make a wire frame as a foundation to support lace and organza for 1920s hats, and apply fabric and jewels. Ideal for professional milliners. Find out more.

2019 Hat Classes - Loreen Lightfoot Flower Making

Flower-making with Loreen Lightfoot

Saturday 29 June to Monday 1 July (3 days) £295 ALMOST FULL

Learn techniques to create intricate hand-shaped and tinted silk flowers from a world-renowned costume-maker/designer. Perfect for professional milliners and costume-makers who want their trimmings to be as bespoke as their garments. Find out more.

2019 Hat Classes - 1940s/50s Hats

1940s/50s Hats

Saturday 13 July 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

An opportunity to explore vintage millinery from the 1940/50s. You will look at hats and headpieces using traditional styles and techniques and then make a headpiece according to your own design. You will gain skills required for blocking and shaping buckram, wiring, draping, lining and trimming.

2019 Hat Classes - Freeform Sinamay

Freeform Sinamay

Saturday 31 August 2019 (1 day) £70 PLACES AVAILABLE

Sculpting with sinamay, create your own freeform shape, which you will 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 hairstyle or individual preference.

2019 Hat Classes - Everyday Soft Hats

Everyday Soft Hats

Saturday 14 September 2019 (1 day) £70 FULL

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

2019 Hat Classes - Everyday Soft Hats

Everyday Soft Hats

Saturday 12 October 2019 (1 day) £70 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 in a choice of patterns, or a stylish pillbox hat made of a crown with three pleats for extra volume.

2019 Hat Classes - Autumn Millinery

Autumn Millinery

Friday 18 to Saturday 19 October 2019 (2 days) £195  PLACES AVAILABLE

A comprehensive introduction to traditional millinery tools and techniques, but with a contemporary approach to design. You’ll use flat patterns to construct pillbox, cloche, bakerboy or wide-brimmed hats. Perfect for cold, wintry days!

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.