Monday, July 5, 2010

pirate hat tutorial

Better late than never! Here's the pirate hat tutorial. You'll love this, most pictures are taken in the car! I apologize for the 'briefness' of this tutorial- as you can see, there was a long car trip involved.

Here are my pirates in their felt pirate hats.

I hope it goes with out being said that this tutorial is for your personal use only. Make a hat for your your little pirate, make one for your friend's buckaroo, send one to Samster Mommy's tutu drive. Just don't plan on making them to sell. I sell these hats of etsy. It wouldn't be cool if you did too.

Ok, so you will need 2 pieces of felt for the hat body. This hat is bigger than a sheet of craft felt. You'll need to buy the felt by the yard. I just free hand the shape. This hat is 10 inches high and 19 inches from end to end. Here's the general shape.

You will need a second color of felt for the details on the front. This also will need to be felt from the bolt. To make the band, I trace the top of the hat on the second piece with pencil, then cut about 3/4 inch below that line and again 1 inch below that.

Stitch the band in place about 1 inch down from the top of the body of the hat. This hat can be made on the sewing machine or sewn by hand. If you are sewing in the car, you'll probably need to sew by hand. If you are sewing in the car with some machine, please let me know about it. Wouldn't that be great.

Trim up the ends when it's all stitched on.

Band sewn on. I actually don't think it's sewn on in this picture, but lets pretend it is.

Now, you'll need a skull and cross bones. You could probably make crossed swords or a ship shape, or something similar. Here again is the skull and bones laid on my cutting board so you can see the size better.

I usually just draw an x on the felt and then add the bone 'knobs' as I cut it out.

Here's the general shape of the skull.

Each one is a little different. All pirates are.

Stitch on the face. I usually use my air erase marker to draw on the face before stitching. Today, I drew on with pen and used that as the backside.

You can use embroidery thread or plain old black thread. Again, each face is different. I used to full in the eye ball with black. I've tried a number of different faces. I'm happy with this guy now.

Oh I'm home! Back to the sewing machine. Sew the two pieces of felt together.

The red lines below show where to sew. You'll end up sewing close to the edge. Check your seems when you're done to make sure you caught both pieces of fabric in all areas.

Make sure to leave the bottom hole open for your little matey's head.

Arrrg! You may find yourself making a whole costume next!

Why not add a felt eye patch?

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Again, I hope you use this tutorial to make a pirate hat for your little one and one for the tutu drive going on right now at Samster Mommy. The Princess Alexa Foundation is a great cause and I'd love to see a whole lot of pirate hats heading their way!

I'd also love to see pictures of this or anything else you make using a tutorial found here.


Anonymous said...

I love the costume.

Love Always,


Unknown said...

I LOVE this. :) I recently made my nephew his very own pirate chest with a homemade soft pirate hook and THIS will be an awesome addition when I give that gift in the future! I am totally making it for my son!!! Thanks~

Kimberly - bugaboo, mini, mr & me said...

That is adorable! And it looks so right on! Not that I have a lot of experience with pirates, of course... Thanks for sharing.... I've posted a link. Please come join my link party some time at

Rose :: said...

great tutorial

do link it into our DIY / Craft linky party and get yourself a link back to your site from our PR3-4 site so our readers can find you:

we have a weekly party, every wednesday btw, so you can come back every week with a fresh tutorial to keep us all realllly busy.

this is adorable, and I look forward to more ...

KimMalk said...

So very cute. Isn't it fun to see kids having a ball with things you make for them? Thank you for linking with Fabric Fun Thursday :). Did you make a pink one?

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

SO CUTE. I am doing a pirate party for my son in October and will definitely have to book mark this project.

I also think this would make a great present.

I would love it if you came and linked this up at my Christmas in July linky party.

Hope to see you there.

Just Another Day in Paradise

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

This is ADORABLE!!!

ps-Love that your dad was the first to cute

Katherine marie said...

The most adorable pirate hat EVER!!!! We are doing a little pirate theme time and I need some of your MAD sewing talent!!!! Think I could make one with a glue gun? :) :)

FL said...

My mother asked me to sew a pirate costume for my sister to save money. I found the perfect pattern, but I didn't buy it because it would defeat the purpose of saving money. So instead I took a picture of the pattern. All was great until, I had to sew the pirate hat. It was a pain, an hour of searching homemade pirate hats I found your page. Thank you so much, and by the way the measuring table helped a lot.

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

This turned out absolutely adorable! My Little Man would love this! Isn't it amazing what you can make using felt?! Seriously!! Thanks so much for linking up to my blogiversary celebration!


Pirate said...

Pirated hat is a vital part of a pirate costume and it’s must for a Halloween pirate costume. You have shared nicely about the pirate hat. I like your ideas. Keep sharing ideas like this. Have a wonderful day!

Stitch this said...

Great tutorial!

Cambrea said...

Great tips on making the skull and crossbones. Thanks! My boy's hat turned out so cute. I mean fierce and manly.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. I tried several hat tutorials before trying yours (shame on me). YOurs was the only one that turned out nice. Thank you so much. I was about to give up.

The hats worked out great and I used them as favors for my son's pirate party. I gave you credit here: