When thinking of what I should make for one of my favorites series of the year, Andrea Pannell’s Handmade Costume series, my brainstorming list was all over the place. My boys want to be Hero Factory characters this year…uh…still not sure how or if I am going to pull that off. Then I thought about how it would be cool to share a pattern for Reid’s Ninjago Kai armor from last year. But…I am not really sure how many of you would be into that. ;)
In the end, I decided to keep things classic. And what could be more classic than a witch hat?
Today, I’m going to teach you how to make your own witch hat pattern in any size!
Let’s get to it.
matching thread & sewing machine, sewing essentials…
paper to make a pattern on (computer paper taped together or freezer paper works great)
pencil and chalk
paper and fabric scissors
Note: This requires a lot of math. If you hate math, don’t worry! I will walk you through it step by step.
First, measure your head around your forehead.
Add about 1/2 inch to 1 inch depending on how low you want your hat to sit on your forehead.
This is your head circumference.
*My head circumference is 23 1/4 inches (I added 1/2 inch).
Second, decide how wide you want the total width of your hat. This is your brim diameter.
*I made my brim diameter 19 inches.
CREATE BRIM PATTERN
To start, you need your head diameter.
You can determine this number using this formula:
head diameter(pi) = head circumference
In my case:
diameter (pi) = 23 1/4 inches
or 23.25/pi = 7 2/5 inches = head diameter
On pieced together computer paper or some freezer paper, draw out a circle with your desired brim diameter.
You may decide to figure out the brim circumference, but that won’t really matter for this hat.
From that brim circle, cut a hole out of the exact center, using your head diameter and head circumference measurement.
Tada! You have a brim pattern.
CREATE CONE PATTERN
First, decide how tall you want your hat. I decided to make mine 11.5 inches tall.
Then, determine the radius of your head measurement. To get this, you simply divide the head diameter in half.
radius = diameter/2
My head radius = 3.7 inches
Need more costume inspiration? Check out the other great costume tutorials being shared for Andrea Pannell’s Handmade Costume Series HERE.