Friday, March 18, 2011

Princess Hat Tutorial

When I was younger, my sister and I loved to play dress up.
We had found these fabulous homemade crowns at the Oregon Country Fair, and they were a favorite part of our dress up collection.  When I had girls of my own, I couldn't wait to make them for my girls.

So this is my best attempt at it yet... 

Supplies Needed:
-  Crown Fabric, about 10" x 20" (I used a satin with little sparkle stones)
-  Lining Fabric, about 10" x 20"  (I used a white cotton)
-  Sheer Fabric, about 20" x 20"  (I used a sheer with blue glitter swirls)
-  Ultra Firm Stabilizer, about 10" x 20"
-  1/4" Elastic, about 12"
-  Thread
-  Trim, about 14"
-  Hot Glue Gun & Glue
-  Ribbon (optional)
-  Spray Adhesive (optional)

Ignore the fact that the photo above does not have all of the supplies shown in it.  That's what happens when I try to take the photo too soon!  I'm bound to forget something!

Step 1
Make your template!  I did so using a large piece of paper.  You will need one about 10" by 20" long.  I wrapped the paper into a cone shape on my daughter's head until I got a shape that I wanted, and taped it into place.

Make sure that you don't get too crazy on the height, or it will be hard for your little one to keep it on.

Once I had marked the size, I trimmed up the bottom edge by drawing a slight arc and cutting.

I then folded it in the opposite direction (see the fold in the middle in the image below?  I made that when cutting the image above), and trimmed up the bottom edge again.  See how the edges don't match below?

Then I cut straight up from the bottom to the top point, and opened it up.  I now have my template.

Step 2
Cut your Ultra Firm Stabilizer to the size of the template.

Step 3
Cut your crown fabric so that it extends at least 1/2" around the stabilizer you cut in Step 2.

Remember me mentioning that I didn't show everything in the supply photo?  Well, here is one thing that I forgot...

I sprayed my stabilizer with the Craft Bond Spray Adhesive, and smoothed my crown fabric over top of it.

Step 4
Using your template, cut your lining fabric, adding a 1/2" seam allowance on the two sides.

Matching right-sides together, sew the crown lining from the top point down to the bottom edge, using a 1/2" seam.

 Press the seam open.

Step 5
Take your sheer fabric and roll the edges under twice, sewing along the fold to secure the raw edges.  I folded them in about 1/4", then once again.

 Here is the completed hem.

Step 6
Select the ribbons you would like to include, if any, and cut them to length.  I cut 5 ribbon lengths for my crown, measuring from corner to corner of the sheer fabric.

Gather the ends of your ribbons together, and fold one corner of your sheer fabric, holding them all together.

 Stitch them all together to hold them in place.

Step 7
Take your crown from Step 3 fabric facing you.  Place your ribbon and sheer fabric bundle at the top point of the stabilizer on the opposite side.  Hold in place, while you fold the crown in half, right sides together.

Match the stabilizer front and back down the length of the crown.

 Stitch from the crown point closely along the edge of the stabilizer.

It may be trick to catch the stabilizer on the back side, but you can always flip it over and sew a second stitch down the opposite side if you need to.

Trim off the excess fabric, leaving no less than 1/2"

Turn your crown right-side out.


Trim the bottom to about 1/2" as well.

Step 8
Fold the excess fabric from the bottom of the crown inside, and sew around the bottom edge to secure it in place.

This is what it will look like when you are finished.

Step 9
Mark each side point of the crown, and determine what length of elastic you will need for it to fit securely (and not too tight) to your child's head.

Sew it into place, on the inside of the crown.

Step 10
With your hand inside the lining, and matching the seam of the lining to the seam of the crown, fit the lining inside the crown.

Once in place, you will notice some excess fabric at the bottom edge.  Turn under the excess fabric, lining it up with the bottom edge of the crown, and stitch along the edge.

It will look like this when finished.

Oh yeah... don't worry about those ugly stitches you see there...

With some sparkely trim and a little hot glue, they will be gone in no time!

 Your crown is complete!
And THIS little girl couldn't be happier!


  1. That is a very cute little princess!

  2. What a cutie! You're very nice to make this :)

    You've been nominated for the Best in Show award again this week! Be sure to stop by to vote.

  3. Hmm....haven't made one of these for my girls yet...they would love it!
    Thanks for the idea (and the party below)!

  4. so cute !!!

  5. Adorable! I might have to make the hat, even though I don't have a little princess to put it on. I could always use it for myself :D

    By the way, GREAT blog! I love it!

  6. My girls would LOVE a cool princess hat like that! Too bad my sewing machine just broke....I'll have to save your idea. =)

  7. Very cute! I am sure the kids in my playgroup would love a hat like that.

  8. So Sweet ... The Princess & The Hat !!
    Thanks for Sharing !!

  9. I'm bookmarking this for sure. My three year old would love it. Your little princess is too cute!

  10. Great hat! I love the color, too, and your daughter wears it well!

  11. I love this. I was in Vegas for the weekend with my daughter and looked for a hat like thise. We had to settle on a flower head band thing. I want to make this so much now!

  12. That is so cute. Thank you for linking up to More The Merrier.

  13. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm thinking of a castles/knights/princesses theme for next year's Cousin Camp, and I just might make one of these for each of the girls. :)

  14. These are great! I love how cute these turn out. I only wish my daughter was still young enough to enjoy them. Maybe I'll just have to make some for neices instead.

    I loved these so much that I shared them on my Sunday Shout Out!

  15. You always have such great ideas for kids projects! Now following you!

  16. What a fantastic tutorial!! That hat is so pretty!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. Each party I pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link:

  17. Love this!!!!I'm hosting my first Linky party and would love for you to submit to it!

  18. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This hat is DARLING and the tutorial is fab! Thanks for the great blog and inspiration.

  19. I have a few princesses that would love this hat! I hope you'll link up your princess attire to Make It Wear It Thursdays at!

  20. Wow everything you share is amazing!!! Thanks for linking up wonderful tutorials and keep them coming :) Noelle

  21. That is adorable! And it sure looks like she just loves it! Thanks for linking this up as well!

  22. This is a great tutorial. Thanks for linking up this week!
    Julie @ Singing Three Little Birds

  23. We featured your tutorial on our Sweetest Links.. Please keep linking up your creativity! Smiles~ Noelle & Kerry

  24. Great idea! One you spray the lining with craft glue as well? Trying to picture how the lining just stays up inside the crown without drooping out (since it seems it is only secured at the bottom. Thanks!

  25. How fun!!!And what a sweet little girl:)!

  26. I love the hat! Thank you for the tutorial. I have not used craft spray adhesive; do you think quilt basting spray would work as well?

  27. Just thought you should know, this works well for a gal turning 40, who always dreamed of being a princess! Thanks! <3


  28. Delighted that I found your site, fantastic info. I will bookmark and try to visit more frequently.

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  29. Just wanted to stop and say THANK YOU! For this awesome Tutorial. I really thought it was going to be way harder than it was. Here is the one I made today for my little princess :)


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