Mini Top Hat free pattern and tutorial
The Medium hat is approx. 4.5 inches high and 6.5 at the brim
The Small hat is approx.3.5 inches high and 4.5 wide at the the brim
The Mini Hat is approx. 3 inches high and 4 inches wide at the brim
Materials you will need:
1/4 yard polar fleece or felt
Items to decorate you hat (feathers, ribbon, tulle, brooches)
Barrette Clips or combs
Hot glue gun
thread (for sew option)
spray on adhesive (for no sew option)
The .pdf pattern printed on card-stock.
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Download the free pattern here. tutorial below!
Video tutorial here, written below:
No sew version of the hat
1- Cut out the PatternYou can find instructions on how to assemble the pattern here.
You will need to print the pattern onto card stock as the pattern will become part of the hat . Cut out the and assemble the pattern – be sure to tape the front and the back of the pattern seams (where the paper overlaps) .
Trace the pattern onto the cloth using a marking pen (or even a regular pen – as long as it doesn’t bleed through the fabric. Be sure to trace the brim twice; one with a hole in the center and one without.
Then cut down all the pattern pieces to the dotted line.
2 – Prep all the piecesYou now have four pieces of fabric cut out. set the brim piece that does not have a hole in the center aside.
Spray the back side of the card stock with glue and center on each piece (there should be about a.5 allowance all the way around – except for the hole in the center of the brim. That should just line up with the fabric.
Using a glue gun, fold over the excess fabric and glue down along all the edges of the pieces with the exception of the brim pieces.
Note: I did this differently in the example – but trust me it will look better if you do it later – I’ll tell you when.
3 – Assemble the wall
4 – Add the top of the hatOnce the wall is secure it’s time to add the top of the hat. Using your glue gun, glue around the the top part of the wall, just barley on the inside place top on glue hold in place to secure for a few seconds.
5 – Add the first piece of the brim.
Tip: Place the seam where you will adding all your feathers and tulle – that way it can be covered. In my example I placed the seam slightly to the right of the of the front. The brim is an oval shape – the sides should be the thinest part of the oval and the brim should be wider at the front and back of the hat.
For extra support tape a few pieces of tape between the brim and the wall of the hat.
6 – Finish Assembling the Hat
Note: Excess is already folded over in the example in the picture, but it will make a nicer edge if you do it this way.
Add a couple of clips or a comb to make it so it can stay in place. You can glue them directly or use a scrap of fleece to glue them on. You could also use a length of elastic thread and make it stay on the head like a party hat.
Now comes the fun part….
7 – Add some personality
This for me is the best part! Add ribbon, tulle, beading, feathers, buttons, brooches, glitter, you name it and make this hat your own. I used tulle, feathers, ribbon and a button in the example. Old jewelry would work well too. Sky is the limit and your creativity reigns – what will your hat look like? Send me a picture (email@example.com) or feel free to post it to the Fleece Fun facebook page!
Some other ideas for this hat -
Trace the pattern onto scrapbook paper and make hats from paper for an even cheaper alternative.
Put together hat making “kits” for party guests to make their own mini top hat (great for New years Eve parties, birthday parties, girl’s night.)
The Mini size is so stinkin’ cute on little girls and babies – awesome for photos (even better when paired with the “Fun and Frilly Skirt” get the free tutorial here.
Dress up a forgotten stuffed animal – and give an old toy new life.
Sew Version of the hat (best for medium and large)
1- Cut out the pattern.
If the thought of using a glue gun for everything makes you cringe here is a sew option for you. You will need to print the pattern onto card stock as the pattern will become part of the hat . Cut out the and assemble the pattern – be sure to tape the front and the back of the pattern seams (where the paper overlaps) .
Trace the pattern onto the cloth using a marking pen (or even a regular pen – as long as it doesn’t bleed through the fabric. Be sure to trace the brim twice with a hole in the center.
Then cut down all the card stock pattern pieces to the dotted line.
Note: to make the hat extra sturdy you may want to consider gluing the carstock to poster board and cutting out the poster board wit the card stock. The card stock with teh posterboard will make for a much sturdier hat.
2 – Begin to sew
With right sides together pin fold the wall in half and pin ends.
Sew ends together using a .5 seam allowance. trim down seam
3 – Add the TopWith right side facing down (right sides together) pin the top on to the top of the wall ( the wider end). sew together using a .5 seam allowance then trim down the seam.
4 – Sew the brim
With rights sides together sew the outer edge of the brim together using a .5 seam allowance. Trim down the seam after finished to eliminate bumps.
5 – Sew the Brim to the rest of the hat
With right sides together pin ONE side of the brim to the wall of the hat (see picture). Sew together using a .5 seam allowance. Trim down the seam after finished to eliminate bumps.
Tip: Place the seam of the wall where you are planning on adding your decorations. This will allow the seam to be covered.
Note: The reason you sew on one side of the brim is to allow you to insert card board into the brim later.
6- Insert the hat form.
Piece by piece insert the hat form starting with the top of the hat. you will need to bend each piece a little when inserting, this is why card stock and poster board works but a harder cardboard would not.
Roll up the wall and insert it into the hat. Line up the seam of the wall with the seam of the hat. Tape the cardstock seam in place and tape the wall to the top.
Flip brim right side out and carefully work in the brim piece (you may need to cut a couple of small slits in the under brim to get this to work.
On brim form is in place tape it to the wall.
Now decorate your hat!This for me is the best part! Add ribbon, tulle, beading, feathers, buttons, brooches, glitter, you name it and make this hat your own. I used tulle, feathers, ribbon and a button in the example. Old jewelry would work well too. Sky is the limit and your creativity reigns – what will your hat look like? Send me a picture (firstname.lastname@example.org) or feel free to post it to the Fleece Fun facebook page!