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DIY Costume Crafts
« on: July 08, 2007, 05:16:53 PM »

I've decided to go as Professor Sprout to this year's movie premiere and realized I didn't have a decent hat in my wardrobe.  So I made one -- no sewing required.  If someone else out there does this too, please take pictures as you go along and add them here!  I completely forgot.

WITCH HAT

You will need:
Felt (dark colors work best, but it’s a matter of personal preference)
White posterboard
Pencil
Scissors
Compass
Hot glue gun
Measuring tape

Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of the forehead, right above the ears.  It will be anywhere from 5-9" around, depending on how big the head is.  Take this measurement and then add ½” to end up with Measurement One.

Do you want your brim to be 2, 3, 4, or 5 inches?  Bigger than that?  Decide now.  This will be Measurement 2.

Add Measurement 2 to Measurement One, to end up with Measurement 3.

Measure from the top of your ears to the top of your head, and add 2 ½ inches.  This is Measurement 4.

Using a compass, draw a circle on posterboard to Measurement One.  Draw another, bigger circle with the first circle in the middle, using Measurement 3.

Carefully cut out posterboard brim.  Poke a hole in the very center, use this to cut out your headpiece circle in the middle.  If the posterboard you are using is very thin or flimsy, it might be a good idea to make more than one brim, then tape the pieces together to get it really stiff. 

Draw and cut a rectangle that is the height of Measurement 4, and slightly more than Measurement One lengthwise.  This “headband” will connect above the brim.  Make sure it will fit (not too snugly) around your head.  Also make sure that it will go around the inner circle of the brim and not leave any space open; it’s okay if it overlaps though.

Multiply Measurement 2 by 2 ½.  Cut out a dozen strips of the felt this length, about an inch wide.

Take a strip and run a small amount of hot glue on the short edge.  Attach this end to the underside of the brim.  Going lengthwise, wrap the strip around the posterboard brim.  You will be gluing the other end to the felt itself.

Do this with all the strips until you have completely covered the posterboard brim.  You may need more or fewer strips, depending on how big your brim is.  Set this aside to dry.

Take your “headband” rectangle and use it as a guide to cut your biggest piece of felt.  This piece will be exactly the same length and exactly twice the height of your headband.

Hot glue three of the edges of your headband, leaving one long side unglued.  Firmly press the headband to the bottom half of your big piece of felt.  The long side of the headband with glue on it should go about an inch from the very bottom edge of the felt.  It should work so that if you flipped the felt over, the headband would not be seen at all.  Let dry.

Roll the headband and felt into a loose cone that is taller than it is wide.  The headband part should be at the bottom.  Test it around your head first to make sure it fits easily, then hot glue the long edge.  Let dry.

Gather up the top of the cone.  Fold and glue the corners down so that you have a nice pointy top. Lay flat to let dry.

You should have an inch along the bottom of the cone, that is pure felt (no posterboard).  Slip this edge inside the brim and hot glue along the underside of the brim.  The posterboard headband (out of sight) should rest directly on top of the inner circle of the brim.  Set upside-down to dry.

The hat will be loose and floppy at the top.  Bat it around a bit to give it a "weathered" look.

(If you like, you can also add “patches”, with felt that is darker or lighter than your hat.  Simply hot-glue them on wherever you please, then add white glue marks that resemble sewing lines to the edge of the “patch”.)

Feel free to copy this and use it at will; but if you reprint please add that it is the brainchild of Susan (Sweetalker) Bones.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2007, 05:23:57 PM by Susan Bones »
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