Things You'll Need
- Fabric, felt recommended
- Craft Glue or thread
Whether it's Halloween, you have a role in a play or a you want to dress up for a movie premiere, making a Robin Hood hat is a quick and easy way to add character to a costume. It requires just a few craft supplies, which can be found at any local craft store, and the results will look impressive. With adjustments in size and fabric requirements, a Robin Hood hat can be made to fit a child or an adult.
Cut a semicircle out of the fabric that measures 26.5 inches in diameter and 13.25 inches from the center of the circle to the edge. Felt is recommended for this hat since it is lightweight yet stiff, and is less likely to fray or come apart at the edges.
Fold the semicircle in half with the right sides together, which will form a triangle with a curved bottom. Try to make the edges line up as perfectly as possible so that the hat does not have uneven edges when finished.
Sew or glue the straight edges together, leaving the curved bottom open. If using glue, let it sit long enough to thoroughly dry. If using felt, it might require more than one application of glue to stick securely. If using thread, it can be sewn with a machine or by hand.
Turn the hat inside out so that the finished side of the fabric is now on the outside of the hat. The sewn or glued side is now on the inside of the hat, not seen from the outside.
Fold the bottom of the hat up 1 or 2 inches to create a brim. Iron the brim until it is stiff enough to stay folded up on its own. If no iron is available, set the folded hat under a heavy object and allow it to sit for a couple of hours.
Attach the trim to the top of the brim with either thread of glue. The trim is not a necessity for the hat, just an added decoration. If using glue, allow the glue to dry thoroughly before wearing the hat.
Adding a feather to the hat adds another decoration element. Either tuck a feather into the brim of the hat or cut two very small slits into the side and thread the feather through.
If using a hot glue gun for the project be careful with the hot glue as it can burn skin.
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