How to Make a Beret: Easy Pattern-Making, Sewing & Embellishing

Adonia Bree
by Adonia Bree
10 Materials
20 Minutes

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a beret hat. This beret sewing pattern is super easy to do and comes with a lot of customization options. You only need a few things, so grab your materials and let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Felt
  • Lining
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Rhinestone pick-up tool
  • Hardware adhesive
  • Rhinestones
  • Variety of pearls
  • Sewing machine
Cutting out the beret pattern

1. Cut out the circles

Start by laying out your felt and determining the diameter of your hat. A typical beret is about 12 inches and I made mine 13 to leave some room for seam allowance.

From the point measured, sketch out a circle. You can use a compass if you want to be precise or freehand it. Then, cut out the circle, making sure to make it as neat as possible.

DIY beret pattern

Cut out a second circle by tracing the first one.


Marking in from the edge

2. Mark 3.5 inches from each edge

Take one of the felt circles and fold it in half. Then, mark points at three and a half inches from each edge - the top corner, bottom corner, and the middle of the curve.

Cutting out the inner circle

3. Cut out another circle

Fold the circle in half once again, as if you were making a snowflake, and cut out the circle from the middle. 

Head hole for the beret

The cutout piece will be our head hole.

Cutting the lining for the beret

4. Pin and cut the lining

Align the two circles and pin the top of the hat (the one without the circle) to the lining. 

How to make a beret hat

Next, cut out the lining pieces by tracing the hat. You can remove the pins once it’s cut out.

Homemade beret sewing pattern

Then, cut out the head hole for the lining.

Cutting a hole in the center of the hat

5. Cut a hole at the center of the hat

For the little stem at the top, you’re just going to find the center of the hat and cut out a very small hole.

Pinning the felt pieces together

6. Pin and sew

Pin your two felt pieces together. 

Pinning the lining pieces together

Do the same thing for the lining, but make sure the right sides are facing each other. 

Sewing the felt pieces together

Now you can sew your felt hat pieces together. It doesn’t matter which way they’re facing because they’re the same. 

Trimming the seam allowance

7. Cut off the seam allowance

Cut off a ¼ inch from the seam allowance. This is just so that it doesn’t look as messy.

How to sew a beret with lining

8. Sew lining pieces

Then, you can sew your lining pieces together. 

Sewing the stem of the beret

9. Sew the stem

For the stem, roll a small piece of felt about an inch long and stitch it together vertically. 

Attaching the steam to the beret

10. Attach the stem 

tick the felt through the tiny hole on the top of the hat and make sure the stem is facing upward on the right side of the hat.

How to sew a beret tutorial

Then, tack the stem to the hat and cut off loose threads.

Attaching the lining to the felt beret

11. Attach the lining

Pin the lining to the felt part of the hat and make sure your right sides are facing each other. 

Inserting the lining

You can make a little basket like this if it’s a bit easier. 

Sewing the lining to the beret

Then, sew the panels together, leaving about a half-inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave two inches of the hat unsewn so you can pull the hat through.

Sewing up the hole

12. Pull the hat through and sew up the hole

Pull the hat through those unsewn two inches.

DIY beret hat tutorial

Then, pin together the open edge that’s left and stitch it together with a clean finish. The clean finish can go all the way around so that the lining doesn’t slip through while wearing.

Decorating the DIY beret

12. Decorate

The hats are done, but they kind of look like pancakes, so it’s time for the fun part. I’m going to add a variety of different sizes of pearls. Get creative with this part! It’s totally up to you.

Embellishing the berets

For the black beret, I went a little crazy with the rhinestones because I wanted it to have a 90s vibe. 

DIY beret with pearls

How to make a beret

How to make a beret

That’s it for these embellished DIY beret hats! I wasn’t sure how these were gonna come out when I first started, but I’m pretty happy with the results. They’re a cute way to make your outfits both sparkly and chic. What do you think? 

Suggested materials:
  • Felt
  • Lining
  • Scissors
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  • JP JP on Jul 24, 2022

    Great project would love to see a video. I will try this with a wet wool fabric I made.