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Day 18 - Witch's Hat Tutorial - 31 Days of Hand-Made Costumes, Styled Costumes and Costume Tutorials


Witch's Hat Tutorial

Autumn is my favorite time of year, the weather starts to cool, the leaves begin to change and the month of October is full of Harvest Festivals, Haunted Houses and of course, HALLOWEEN!


This year, I've put together the 31 Days of Halloween, 31 hand-created or styled costumes in addition to some costume tutorials. One costume was posted each day of October on my Instagram account. Many of the costumes I made, but there isn't always time to make a costume from scratch, sometimes you have to make do with a "styled" costume which is a costume you create with items on hand or with minimal purchases.


Day 18 - Witch's Hat Tutorial - What would Halloween be without a witch hat? This hat is inspired less by the wicked witch and more by the witches over at the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic.


This hat was made using blue felt that I found at the ASG fabric sale this year. I estimate that the piece was approximately 2 yards X 72" wide. I still have a pretty big piece left over, but I don't think that one yard is enough.


Next I had to decide how big to make the brim. You will need a double thickness of felt for the brim (2 pieces). I couldn't decide between a 6" or 8" wide brim, so I compromised and made the brim 7" wide. The hole in the center where the conical crown goes is based on the circumference of my head (24"). 24"/3.14 (pi) =7.64"


I rounded up to 7.75" just to make the measuring easier (the hat still fits great). To get the full diameter of the hat brim I took the 7.75"+ 7" + 7" because you need a 7" brim on each side of the crown of the hat. The full diameter of the brim is 21.75".



There are several different ways to mark out your circle. I just calculated out the radius, marked my center point and measured out all the way around. I did this again with the diameter of the hole in the center for the crown.


Next you're going to cut out the conical crown. It's basically just a triangle with a rounded bottom so that the height is the same all around. I decided that I wanted my hat to be 18" high. The bottom of the triangle needs to equal to the circumference of the crown opening, in this case, my triangle base was 24.335" + a 0.5" seam allowance = 24.835".



Cut out the triangle and sew the two sides together with the right side facing in. Note: felt doesn't really have a right or wrong side (in most cases) so you are free to pick whichever side you want.



Now you are ready to sew the brim to the crown part of the hat. Note: If you're going to add wire to the cone so that it stands up, now is the time before attaching the brim. Make sure that your wire is short enough so that you don't sew over it. I glued mine in between the seam allowance of the hat and cut the wire about 1/2 above the bottom of the hat so that I didn't catch it while I was sewing it. MAKE SURE YOU TURN IT RIGHT SIDE OUT FIRST. It's easier to glue it when its inside out, but you can't really turn the tip right side out when the wire is already there.


To sew the pieces together, I pin the right side of the hat and the right side of the brim together. Make sure you're sewing both layers of the brim to the crown.


Once the crown and brim are sewn together, sew around the outside edge of the brim so that the pieces are now together. Sew around the brim again (about 1/2" apart) to create a channel for the wire to go in. Leave the outside opening open 2-3".



Curve the end of the wire so that it goes through the felt without catching on the fabric. Once the wire has been inserted and trimmed, very carefully sew the open edge of the brim closed. I used 16g aluminum wire, but I almost wish I had added a second or heavier weight wire. The 16g is almost too light for this hat and it can get really floppy.


Blue Floppy Witch Hat

Your hat is considered complete at this point I put the hat on and decided that it was too plain, so I added some silver tassels to the tip of the cone and a light blue crocheted lace around the base of the hat.


Blue Floppy Witch Hat
Blue Floppy Witch Hat

I am so happy with the way my hat turned out! I prefer to not have the point sticking straight up, but you can certainly wear your hat however you want. If you don't want to put wire in the cone of the hat, you can always stuff it with Polyfil to help it stand up.


Blue Floppy Witch Hat
Blue Floppy Witch Hat

You know what would be great with this hat? A cloak and a wand! Lucky for me, I have both!


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Previous Days' Posts:

31 Days of hand-made costumes, styled costumes and costume tutorials

Day 17 - Barbie Costume - I know, this one is probably overdone (especially this year), but who doesn't love Barbie?! As the movie demonstrated, there are so many Barbie options to choose from - grab that old formal again and you're...evening gown Barbie! You could also be bridal Barbie, presidential Barbie, corporate Barbie, weird Barbie, the list is endless...


I had high hopes for the wig, but after we took the photos, L and I weren't really thrilled with it, so it was a bust. I went ahead and took a few with her natural hair (remember, Barbie does not have to be blond, you do you). L was also having a bad body image day and really didn't like how her photos turned out so we played with some filter options to make her more comfortable with me posting them. If she had asked, I would have scrapped them, but she gave me the go ahead anyway. I think the Manga drawing filter is my favorite.

Barbie Costume Collage

Day 16 - Prom Queen Costume- What girl doesn't have an old formal hanging in the back of her closet? Or maybe you find an absolutely FABULOUS gown for 50% off at the thrift store (like this one). Add a sash and a tiara and you're instantly a Prom Queen (or royalty). Add in some costume make-up and now you're a dead Prom Queen, or a Zombie Prom Queen...

Prom Dress Costume

Day 15 - Little Red Riding Hood - The year I made this cloak, I had yards upon yards of red moleskin fabric at my house. My sewing studio didn't really exist (like it does now) and I remember cutting out the large pattern pieces on my living room floor. This cape was long on L, but I love the way it drapes behind her. It's actually long for me too, I have to be careful that it doesn't get stepped on when there are people behind me.

Red Riding Hood

Day 14 - Linen Renaissance Dress - My favorite thing about this dress is its versatility. It was originally made as a Bride of Frankenstein costume and was going to be an Elf costume, but today it is being featured as an interpretation of Drew Barrymore's Cinderella in Ever After. I wasn't sure if I could adapt this dress for L since she is quite a bit smaller than I am; happily, I only had to adjust the bodice. I wish I had had some amazing white wings to include in the photos, but the focus of this post is the dress so I'm not going to worry about that. I did add some wings in some of my photo edits.

Renaissance Costume

Day 13 - Nordic Witch - A couple of years ago, I came across a really cool carved wand at the Renaissance Festival and I had to have it, but really, what am I going to do with a "muggle" wand? I planned this costume around the wand so that I would have an excuse to take it out of my house, carry it, and not look crazy. I decided to call my look "Nordic Witch" because the make-up and apron were loosely inspired by the show Vikings and ancient Viking style in general. I don't know if a Nordic Witch is really a thing or not, but my favorite part of the costume is the metallic woven belt that holds my wand and a leather pouch/purse. I even had a mom approach me to ask me about my costume because her daughter wanted to be a "Nordic Witch" the next year for Halloween!


I made the skirt and blouse out of brown cotton gauze. The apron was created from scraps of decorator fabric that I found at ARC. The red leather and metallic trim I had in my stash and I also used the red leather to create the wand holster. The wand and corset were purchased. You can't see them, but I wore knee high lace-up moccasin boots.

Nordic Witch Costume

Day 12 - Elsa and Anna Crocheted Hats - I was on a Frozen kick that year and I not only made Elsa and Anna hats for my daughter, but her cousins each got a set for Christmas. These hats would be perfect for Halloween in a colder climate (such as Colorado) where the weather on October 31st can be questionable.

Elsa and Anna Crocheted Hats

Day 11 - Elsa (Frozen) - I know we didn't make it through every Disney princess, but we did make it through quite a few of them when L was younger and Elsa is no exception. This fabric was leftover from a prom dress I had made for a friend's daughter and I was really excited to put this together with supplies that I already had on hand. The capelet was made from white polar fleece (which I also had on hand), it would have been a longer cloak if I had had more fabric to work with. You can't see them well, but the snowflakes around the dress hem are lightweight dollar store ornaments, unfortunately, they caught on everything and I would not use them again.

Elsa from Frozen Costume

Day 10 - Queen of Hearts Tea Cup Fascinator - This is a quick and easy project if you need accessories for a simple Queen of Hearts costume.


Day 9 - Wednesday Addams - I am a huge fan of the Addams family and Wednesday is officially my favorite character after watching the Netflix series. Its super easy to put a Wednesday costume together - black hairspray (totally optional), braids, pale face make-up and a black outfit. Add the "murderous don't care" attitude and you're done!


On a side note - Can we talk about how creepy L looks? I would not want to meet up with her in a dark room, or a dark alley.

Wednesday Addams Costume

Day 8 - Cruella's Gloves - For years I was terrified to make "fingered" gloves, but they are easier than expected. This is a quick and dirty video on the making of the red gloves that L wore in the Cruella photos yesterday.


Day 7 - Cruella de Vil - I have always wanted to dress as Cruella for Halloween. Instead, we styled a Cruella costume for L and had a mini photo shoot. I love how the photos turned out and we found some really cool filters to play with too!

Cruella de Vil Costume

Day 6 - Dark Angel Wings - Last year my daughter came across these incredibly sad looking wings at our local ARC thrift store. They were half off that day ($2.50) so I told her I would revamp them. I'm not sure how much I spent on replacement feathers, but I think they turned out pretty good for the dark angel costume she put together. The video of my process can be viewed below.



Day 5 - Belle - My daughter's favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast and I had so much fun making her Belle costume that year. I found the perfect buttery yellow satin and glitter rose fabric at JoAnn's.


Her dress got incredibly dirty at the bottom when we attended Boo at the Zoo and so I carefully washed the dress so that it would be ready for Halloween day. I was so mad to see that the glitter rose fabric (that stated it was washable!) had all washed off with only an outline of glue leftover. I ended up buying gold glitter and spent an evening re-applying the missing flowers.


All in all, this was one of my favorite costumes ever, my daughter's too, she loved this one to death, glitter roses or no.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast Costume

Day 4 - Skeleton Costumes - Each fall in Manitou Springs, CO, there is an event called the Emma Crawford Coffin Races, its a great day of fun and many people dress up for the occasion. The year we went, my husband and son dressed up as skeletons. My husband's costume was themed after James Bond's costume in Spectre, unfortunately, the stick-on bones I had created were a fail and wouldn't stay in place. Next time I will use paint and it will be a dedicated skeleton jacket. His tie is hand painted. H's costume was a fun mix of items that I pulled together or repurposed for the costume. I hand painted the bandana using stencils.

Father and Son Skeleton Costumes

Day 3 - Flesh Wounds - Years ago, I found a cool tutorial online that showed me how to make realistic looking wounds using toilet paper and Elmer's glue. Add some coloring and fake blood and you have a pretty realistic flesh wound. I think they turned out totally grotesque, don't you?


Day 2 - The Zombie Family - Learning how to make fake flesh wounds became useful when we did a zombie crawl one year, it was a lot of fun to dress up and pretend that we were part of the un-dead.

Zombie Family Costume for Zombie Crawl

Day 1 - The Madd Hatter - Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories and I love the different adaptations that have been created over the years. The Madd Hatter is one of my favorite characters. I styled this costume several years ago for a company Halloween celebration and I actually won the costume contest that year. Most of the items were things that I had on hand, I only purchased the tights to add to the costume. The hat/fascinator had been purchased a few years before, but I did make some changes to it to better fit my "vision".

Madd Hatter from Alice in Wonderland Costume

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!


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