Cosplay Inspiration: DIY Steampunk Hats

Your look needs one of these hats.

Looking for the perfect finishing touch for your steampunk costume? How about one of these hats? They are really easy to put together using an inexpensive purchased or thrifted hat as the base, and your creativity as the wow factor. Using a variety of Dritz® hardware fasteners and other soft, textured materials, you can make a bespoke steampunk hat that crowns your costume, or that IS your costume. (Yes, they are that solid.) Take a peek: see all eight looks, and plan some DIY hat action.

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats


Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #1: This faux suede hat has great structure. Because it stands firm and tall, it’s ideal for loading up with Dritz® hardware – which we did! We also love the shape of its brim – perfect for embellishing with Dritz® double-cap rivets, which are visible as the brim curves up on the sides. 

Product resources for this hat: Dritz® sew-on snaps, double-cap rivets, safety pins, hooks & eyes, eyelets with lacing.

Tips for making a hat like this: Pin your pieces in place to plan it first, or freestyle it as you go (that’s honestly what we did). We attached most pieces with E6000® glue. Watch a video to see how to apply the rivets, and remember you need a hard surface for installing them (and the eyelets). Pile it on!

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #2: On this hat we mixed it up by adding some soft materials to complement our hardware, along with a pair of faux DIY goggles. 

Product resources for this hat: Dritz® sew-on snaps, double-cap rivets and elastic; steampunk-themed jewelry findings, netting, feathers, and black tubing from the hardware store.

Tips for making a hat like this: Layer your textures. We stretched some netting across the hat first, applied some hardware, added feathers, more netting, and black tubing—then added more hardware. No rules here!

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #3: This hat uses the same layering and mixed materials approach as hat #2 above, and calls for many of the same product resources.

Tip for making a hat like this: Start with a focal point and have all your pieces extend from one area. Apply in layers – bottom to top – using glue or applying the hardware as per the package instructions (example: Dritz® jean button).

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #4: Jewelry & scrapbook department findings are the star of this hat, along with faux goggles. Steampunk-themed parts and pieces are readily available in craft stores.

Tips for making a hat like this: If your hat is soft, add embellishments to a band (such as black felt) and then apply the band to the hat. This will give the hat some structure.

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #5: We glued fabric scraps onto a thrifted floppy hat to give it its unique look and texture, and we think it’s really cool. The cover buttons are a nice touch, too – and they are easy to make. Layer it on!  

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #6: Here we started with a dainty vintage hat and simply added pins and feathers. Sometimes there is not too much DIY required – if you’ve got a great base hat to start with!

Tip for making a hat like this: If you want to give pins (or any embellishment) a finish to match fabrics or trims, just spray paint them. (Here’s what the Dritz® button and pearlized pins looked like before we painted them.) They definitely needed to be gold to go with the vintage vibe of this hat!

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #7: This hat celebrates simple and clever details.

Tips for making a hat like this: Don’t forget that the top of your hat is a great place to decorate. We used Dritz® double-cap rivets creatively on the top and also on side tabs (with triangle rings) to randomly attach leather straps. Wrap with tulle and chain.

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

Steampunk hat #8: Simple and sweet with a very big feather.

Tips & product resources for making a hat like this: The feather is the stunner here. (You’ll have to trust on this one – it goes way outside the frame!!) Wrap tulle netting around the hat and use Dritz® heavy duty snaps to secure it. Insert a feather – the bigger the better. Glue or hand-stitch other embellishments into place as desired.

Cosplay Inspiration: How to Make Steampunk Hats

There must be something here that you just love. If you’re into cosplay and period garb, a hat really is a very easy way to finish off a costume, or add impact on its own with a couple of other simple accessories (like a corset, booties or gloves).

Dritz DIY Cosplay Lookbook - Steampunk Costumes, Accessories & Jewelry

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And most importantly: have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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