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
First, measure your head around your forehead.
Add about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of ease 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 x pi = head circumference
In my case:
diameter x 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.
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
ASSEMBLE WITCH HAT
Need more costume inspiration? Check out the other great costume tutorials being shared for Andrea Pannell’s Handmade Costume Series HERE.
I love this– and I completely agree with you about the premium felt vs wool vs regular. I was surprised at the difference my last trip to Joanns!
Joanna Pabel says
I love it!
Anne Weaver says
This is an awesome tutorial!! And I'm totally geeking out on the geometry of a witch hat! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:
Rocky Lemuel Garcia says
Nicely done! This will be a good idea for this coming Halloween!
Erin A says
So great. This is going to be one of those tuts that everyone pins for future witch Halloweens. 🙂
AND, you killed it with Natalie's ensemble. That bleach trick on the hem…so genius. As soon as you mentioned the bleach I thought, "Oh yeah, bleach turns your blacks orange! Why didn't we all think of that before?"
Happy moving! Hope it's going as
Thank you for sharing this! Unfortunately I cannot handle this kind of math, even tho you clearly explained everything….I am totally math challenged! Maybe I can get my husband to caluculate for me and I'll stick with the sewing 😉 I'm super impressed with your math skills, girl!!
britt schmiesing says
perfect. i love all of these cool halloween how tos that i am seeing lately. and this year seems to be the year of the witch so perfect!
Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I'm not in love with math, but the hat is so cute that I'll try to do it 😉
Tracey K says
Thank you! I just made this hat, for myself, and it was very easy once I figured out the math. I added some felt roses (made from circles cut into spirals) all the way around, where the pointy top meets the brim. I might add a bow as well. In all I used under a half yard of the premium felt, including the roses. I think I will be a shabby chic witch this year, since that's what the hat brings
what a great idea ! thank you so much ! i’ll make this for all the family (i’ll make one for the cat too – he’ll hate this but… 😉 !) i shared the link here : http://www.pinterest.com/lemondedis/halloween-diy/
I was wondering if you could tell me how wide you made the toddler hat brim and how tall? Thanks!
Sure! The brim is about 4.25″ and the hat is like 9-9.5″ tall. I hope that helps!
Thanks so much for this! Very clear tutorial. I made a lovely wizard hat 😀
Thanks Marlou! I am so glad you enjoyed the tutorial!
My 17 month old witch is all set for Halloween. Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Julie L says
Thank you! I made the perfect hat for my witch’s costume using this tutorial. The math is needed for the fit, and it wasn’t too “scary” to figure out.
I used a black jacquard fabric rather than felt. The cone is stiff enough to stand on its own. I cut two brims and sewed a stiff piece of interfacing between them. Finished it off with a ribbon of black roses around the seamline. Still a quick, easy sewing project.
And it looks great! Thanks again for the tutorial.
Sounds gorgeous! I am so glad the tutorial came in handy!
I LOVE this. Took me a while to do the math, but my Gandalf hat (for The Hobbit premiere) looks amazing. Thank you so much for putting thia up!!!
oooh. That sounds cool! You’re welcome. Have fun!
Love this tutorial! I actually made my hat out of material from a heavy duty garbage bag and wore it with doc martens. Lovely time.
Awesome! So glad you liked the tutorial. 🙂
I love this hat! Does it stay on pretty well? I’m worried it’s gonna fall off easy.
Good question! If you size it to fit your head it stays on great. If you are making it for a child, I highly recommend adding the elastic to help it stay on even better. I hope that helps! 🙂
This worked PERFECTLY! Thank you SOOOOO much!!
awesome! I am so glad you liked the tutorial! 🙂
Thanks a million did it within three hrs had to sew it by hand since i do not own a machine and thanks to my three year old who decided that she wants to be a witch a week before the costume party. and living in the caribbean there was noway ordering a costume was an option. Hat came out perfect next step making the perfect tutu skirt for my little witch..
That makes me so happy to hear! You’re an awesome mom!
Novice sewer here. curiosity, on the slant height creating cone steps, you have to calculate approximately a third of the circle.
I am struggling with this part as i dont understand how you got to your desired angle there and why an exact way to measure that angle isnt provided. Does it not matter if youre a little longer or shorter? Can i just do 90 degree angle using slant height for both add some points in the middle and add a 1/2 inch to those to come out further?
a little more clarification would be great as we are wanting these in the next couple of days for a Halloween party. thanks for any help you can provide!
I am so sorry for my delayed response. I just found your comment today. I see now it’s too late as your party was quite some time ago. If you want to get ahold of me quickly in the future, please try direct messaging me on instagram. I am more likely to see a dm there in a timely manner. As for your question. I suppose I should have indicated that the angle from head radius to hat height should be a right angle. Other than that, I am not sure I totally understand what you are asking. Do you wish for an exact angle measurement for the two acute angles? If you still want some clarification, I would love to try to work this out with you.