Hat liners can be made from scarp material from around the house. A hat liner can serve several purposes. Hat liners can be used under ball caps to absorb sweat, can be worn under winter hats for additional warmth, and in some cases, can be used as headbands and hats. This article will describe how to make hat liners and look at the different materials that can be made into hat liners.
There are two types of hat liners; headbands and hats. A headband is generally made from a T-shirt sleeve or from part of a long sleeve, is open at the top, and can probably be turned into a good-looking headband if it is folded over. Sleeves used include T-shirt sleeves, sleeves from similar short sleeved shirts, and cut-off parts of sleeves and pants legs that are of the proper size to fit comfortably on the head. These can be folded over to make a headband or worn as is, under a cap or hat. The hem of the sleeve, if present, allows this hat liner/headband to have a neat look to it. Headbands worn under ball caps absorb sweat and grime, extending the life of the ball cap significantly.
Hat liners are made of sleeves cut from long sleeved shirts and from pants legs. Hat liners are closed at the top and retain more heat, and thus are better for use under hats or caps during the winter. Hat liners are made by putting a long sleeve on and folding it to the desired length. The top can be cut off and sewn shut or left and allowed to flop over under the hat. Sleeves trimmed and sewn neatly can also be used as hats. Now let’s look at the most common types of sleeves and how useful they are as hats.
T-shirt sleeves: T-shirt sleeves are the most common sleeve, due to T-shirts cut off at the shoulder seam being the easiest wardrobe alteration and hence popular. T-shirt sleeves can be folded over into headbands or simply worn as is, wearing the hem of the sleeve and letting the hat hide the cut end.
Performance sleeves, other sleeves: Performance sleeves are much like T-shirt sleeves, except that they perform better with sweat. Wear under hats or fold over and wear as headbands. Other types of sleeves are less desirable; for a sleeve to work it has to fit and be of a material that can stretch a bit.
Light weight long sleeves and pants legs: Sleeves cut from long sleeved T-shirts, turtlenecks, and similar light weight shirts, as well as the legs from lightweight pants made from T-shirt cloth or light, stretchy cloth make good hat liners. They can be put on and pulled down until they are comfortable, then folded to the desired length. Extra material flops over and can be put under caps, or trimmed off and the hat sewn. When a hat liner is flopped over, it is as good as a sewn hat for keeping heat in. Lightweight hats can be used as nightcaps also.
Sweatshirt and hoodie sleeves, sweatpants legs: Sweatshirt cloth works good for thicker hat liners. If trimmed and sewn, the hats can be used as both liners and hats themselves. Sleeves from outerwear sweaters are perfect both as hats and hat liners and provide excellent protection.
Sweater cloth: Sweater cloth can offer many colors, patterns, and thickness of the hat. Thick sweater cloth makes a good hat or liner for caps and hats, while thinner sweater material works very well for hat liners.
Thermal underwear sleeves and pant legs: Thermal material works well for hat liners, especially when not visible under the hat. If the material is colored, it can be worn under caps as well. Thermal hat liners work well in winter.
So these are the types of sleeves that can be used for hat liners and cap liners, as well as serving as hats and headbands. Reusing sleeves prolongs the life of caps, enhances hats, and saves money overall on the hat budget.