There are a lot of talented milliners posting photos of the exteriors of their wonderful creations, which are very inspiring. But, I'd also like to see the insides of the hats and undersides of the fascinators.

I'm curious as to how many modern milliners are putting full linings in their hats and what kinds of linings.  And I'd love to see what your labels - which are basically your artist signatures, and will be how people will know the hats were made by you - look like.

So in short....I'd love to see your labels and linings. Please post photos!

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A few months ago I switched from using a stamp to printing my labels with my photo printer.  I use an iron on transfer sheet that I can print a number of labels on one sheet. This allows you to add a logo, photo, etc.  I also add my website.  I iron on the label to the lining tip, prior to stitching the lining together. For straws, which I generally do not line, I iron the label to silk or satin fabric and stitch to the sweatband. For now it seems to be working.

I also got a great deal on lining fabric, while traveling out of town last fall. I visited a store in the heart of OH Amish country that carries end of bolts, odd lots, etc. I purchased three full bolts of extra wide lining fabric for a little over twenty dollars.  The bolts are slightly soiled on the edges from being stored, but otherwise the fabric is in great shape.  I never know what I will find there, so when I see a good deal, I buy in quantity. I should be set for a while.

I've been making my own labels n my printer too Bridget, I use silk injet printable fabric sheets and it's very attractive and faster than ordering elsewhere.

I have just been looking into this, and although I haven't tried it yet, I think this may very possibly be the way to go 


Can you please tell me the place and name of the store? When I go home to Ohio next time, I would love to go there!



Here is guide on creating labels with T-Shirt Transfer Paper

I have also printed directly to silk and cotton fabric.  1.  Take a piece of printer paper and using a glue stick glue to a piece of wax paper cut to the exact same size. 2.  Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the paper and iron the wrong side of the fabric to the wax paper.  The waxed surface will stick to the fabric. 3.  Run the fabric /paper combo through your inkjet printer and voila!  Remove paper from fabric.  You can make some really unique labels with printed fabric this way.  I was having fun doing this until I realized that my desire to create pretty labels was seriously cutting into my hat making time.  It is a bit time consuming, so switched to the iron on transfer sheets.  Quicker, but not as much fun!

 I made labels using Iron-on paper transfer sheets I made a template on my computer and put through the printer.!

After I cut up the design, I ironed the design onto 1” white ribbon so that the raw cut edge was on the sides of my labels. You can make a whole slew of labels this way.

Does that make sense?


That was brilliant. Also looking into doing my own embroidered ones with a brother se400. I will let you sll know how that works out

This is just one of many I embroider myself.  I usually do them to match the hat colors.  When I do not use a lining then I use a label I print up myself on fabric then sew in.

What a fascinating thread! I don't typically line my hats, most of them are bizarre shapes and for the great part they are cocktail hats/fascinators and the inside of the hat never touches the head. I have embroidered labels, and the minimum order was I'll have them for a long time! I usually put them on the inside ribbon or in the center of the base. These are actually my old iron-on label ones (what a pain!) and thanks to this thread I now realize I have no pictures of my newer and better embroidered tags! 

Hello all! Don't know where to post on this wonderful thread! So glad to have found this place, Just starting out in hat making and wildly enthusiastically but floundering around just trying stuff...Tried first lining yesterday. It worked! I have made 7 hats so far, now and if we count stiffening, not finished one yet! Typical me! Very inspired by you all! Thanks for everything you guys have taught me already!

Hi Renee, I like to block my linings in silk, usually silk scarves I buy from second hand stores as they make great interesting linings. Or offcuts of silk.   And because silk "blocks" you can use the same block you have used for the crown to block the lining and it will fit perfectly even with pleats, I also block the lining for buttons etc as silk dries so fast.   Carole  


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