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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Keno, OR

    Default Beekeeping Hat and Veil

    My husband bought me an Alexander hat with veil and hate it. It slides on the head and just doesn't work well for me. So I've decided to make my own. Best the veil cost only 4 dollars and less then 30 minutes of work. Here is what you need:
    24" of tulle from the fabric store. Get a balk with tiny holes, it will provide the best vision.
    A pack of 1/2" bias tape piping in black or dark brown. They come in 2.5 yard packs, which is enough for two veils.
    4 feet of cotton string to pull the veil tightly together around the neck. More it you prefer to wrap it around your body.
    Thin black elastic band.
    One large rim hat. The stiff ones are usually available in camping sections. I found one at Walmart for 15 dollars with a ventilated top.

    1. Measure the circumference on the hat rim and add 1-2 inches. This is the width of the tulle you need. Its usually around 40-45". The length of the tulle is 24".
    2. Fold the length into half, ending up with a 12" folded piece. Put into the fold the piping, pin into place, and sew into place with a straight stitch.
    3. Unfold and fold into the other direction with the bias band to the outside. Sew with a large zig-zag stitch together. The end result is a tube with the piping ring in the center. The piping will keep the tulle away from your face, so bees cannot sting your face through it.
    4. Fold about 1/2" of the top opening over, lay in the elastic band and zig-zag saw all the way round leaving enough space open to pull the elastic tight, so it will fit over the hat's top, finish off with a knot.
    5. Repeat the same on the bottom with the string laid in instead.

    Quite easy and only straight stitches needed. Similar veils are sold for around 10 dollars in beekeeping catalogs, but they do not come near the same quality.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Benton, Arkansas, USA

    Default Re: Beekeeping Hat and Veil

    Excellent, whatever works best for you!! Thats all thats important.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Phelps Co. Missouri USA

    Default Re: Beekeeping Hat and Veil

    Been makeing them for a number of years, compliments of Wal-Mart, cheap, but they snag/tear very easily.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    North Tazewell, Virginia

    Default Re: Beekeeping Hat and Veil

    Just remember when you swat at a bee and you can't seem to get it to go away it's in side with you. Whatever your comfortable with is all that matters. 75 stings in my face and neck later bought a suit never go thru that again.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Aurora, CO

    Default Re: Beekeeping Hat and Veil


    Thank you for posting these instructions. Could you explain what a "balk" is please. Thanks,

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA

    Default Re: Beekeeping Hat and Veil

    I suspect "balk" is a typo for "black".

    The similar instructions posted here make that more clear:

    And there's a photo at the link, as well!
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft


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