How to Make a Tam

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Most costumes look better with some type of hat or headpiece. Make a quick and easy tam to add the final touch to many types of costumes. It can be a green hat for a resident of the Emerald City, or a plaid tam for a Scottish dancer. You can make a ragged hat for a street urchin, or a quick topper for a Renaissance fair participant. This hat takes less than half a yard of fabric and you can make it in minutes.

Measure the wearer's head around the forehead.

Use the tape measure to draw a circle that size in the center of a 15-by-15-inch square of fabric. You can also divide the measurement by 3.14 and use a compass to draw a circle with that diameter on the fabric.

Draw another circle 2 inches larger than the first circle.

Cut two circles of fabric the size of the large circle you drew. Cut out the smaller circle in the center of one of the circles.

Sew the circles together by stacking one on top of the other and sewing around the outside edge, 1/4 inch from the edge.

Turn the tam right-side out.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Felt or double knit fabric
  • Fabric marker
  • Compass (optional)
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread


  • You can add a band of ribbed knit trim around the opening of the hat or a pompom to the center of the top of the hat.

About the Author

Camela Bryan's first published article appeared in "Welcome Home" magazine in 1993. She wrote and published SAT preparation worksheets and is also a professional seamstress who has worked for a children's theater as a costume designer and in her own heirloom-sewing business. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.

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