How to Make an Ivy Cap

Virtually any fabric can be used to cut and sew a great looking ivy cap.
cloth cap image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

From Brad Pitt to Britney spears, the ivy cap has become a cap of choice. Although these may be known by several other names such as newsboy caps, flat caps, golf caps, clerk caps, English caps or fisherman caps, the style and cut of the cap is the same for all. Small and typically made of soft, comfortable fabric, ivy caps are a logical choice due to their ease of carrying and packing.

Virtually any fabric can be used to cut and sew a great looking ivy cap.
cloth cap image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Sheet Of Plastic
  • Pencil
  • Fabric
  • Paper
  • Thread

Create your pattern by drawing a 22-inch diameter circle on paper. Centered in the middle of that circle, draw another circle 16 inches in diameter. Cut out the 22-inch circle. Fold the circle in half with the 16-inch circle line visible. Cut three full “V” shaped notches and two half “V” notches evenly distributed around the rounded portion of the folded paper. The two half “V” shapes will be at the folded edge of the paper pattern so that when you unfold the paper, you will have a cut a full "V" shape. The point of the “V” should stop at the 16-inch pattern line you have drawn.

Trace the brim of a baseball cap on paper to create the pattern for the brim of your ivy cap. Create a moon shape out of the tracing. The center of the moon shape should be about 3 inches wide.

Lay the pattern on your fabric and cut out the notched circular piece and two of the moon shaped brim pieces. Cut another moon shaped piece from a sheet of plastic or other sturdy, washable material. The plastic piece should be slightly smaller than the cloth pieces.

Sew the outer edges of the two pieces of brim fabric together. Make sure the right sides are together, keeping the seam as narrow as possible. Turn the brim right side out and fit the plastic piece inside the brim pocket you have created.

Sew the “V” notches closed with the edges together and facing the wrong side of the fabric. You are creating the full look of the cap.

Sew the brim to the main part of the ivy cap with right sides of the fabric facing each other. For a more finished look, stitch a small hem around the bottom edge of the main cap before stitching it to the brim. Turn the cap so the right sides are out.


  • Original ivy caps were often constructed of cotton or wool using a tweed or herringbone pattern, though today these caps are found in nearly every type of material and color.