How to Sew a Chef's Hat

Free Pattern and Photo Tutorial

Materials and Cutting Directions

Young boy baking in chef's whites
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A toque is a formal name for a chef's hat. This style of hat dates back to the 16th century. The hats are worn to prevent hair from falling into the food while cooking. In some cases, different hat heights indicate can indicate rank among the cooks within the kitchen.

Materials You Will Need

  • 3/4 yard of 44- to 45-inch wide fabric—white or an appropriate novelty print
  • Thread
  • Interfacing
  • 4 inches of 1-inch wide hook-and-loop (Velcro) tape
  • Sewing machine

Cutting Directions

  • 22-inch circle with 3 1/2-inch slit toward the middle from one edge
  • 8-inch by 25 1/2-inch band on straight of grain of the fabric and of interfacing. Cut the interfacing to match this band. Baste or fuse the interfacing and work them as one piece through the rest of the directions.
  • 7-inch strip of bias double-folded tape (3/8-inch wide when folded)

Attach Bias Tape

Photo of bias tape being sewn to slit in circle.
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Apply bias tape to the slit in the circle.

Gather and Attach the Circle to the Band

A photo of the circle being attached tot he band.
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Once the circle is ready, you will need to gather or ruffle the edges of the circle and prepare it for attaching to the band. 

  • Run gathering stitches (2 to 3 rows of basting stitch) on the edge of the circle. Set aside.
  • Place wrong sides of the band together folding the band in half on the 25 1/2-inch length. Use a 1/2-inch seam on each end of the strip. Turn right sides out and press so that the raw edges are together.
  • Find the 1/4 marks of the circle using the slit for one mark by folding the circle in quarters.
  • Fold the band in quarters and mark the quarter points.
  • Gather the circle to fit the band, matching bias tape edges to the ends of the band and the quarter marks that you made on the band and the circle.

Sew the Circle to the Band

A photo of the circle and band sewn together.
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You are ready to assemble the hat. Use a 1/2-inch seam to attach the circle to the band. Serge or zigzag the seam allowance.

Top Stitch the Band

Photo of details when top stitching the band.
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Top stitch the edges of the band using the topstitching to tack the seam allowance to the band.

Attaching the Hook and Loop Tape

A photo showing the details of attaching the hook and loop tape.
The Spruce / Debbie Colgrove

The last step is attaching the hook-and-loop tape, which is attached to the band to fasten and remove the hat from your head. Hook-and-loop tape commonly known by its brand name Velcro, is a fastener closure system. The rough side is called the hook and the softer side is called the loop.

  • Fold the band in half up towards the hat.
  • Finger-press this crease.
  • Line the hook-and-loop tape up along this crease as shown in the photo. Make sure you have the hook-and-loop tape on opposite sides of the band so they will overlap to close the hat.
  • Top stitch the hook-and-loop tape into place.