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DIY Witch Hat Tutorial (VIDEO)

Halloween isn’t right without a witch costume, and a witch costume isn’t right without a proper witch hat! The ones in stores are pricey and hard to get, but that doesn’t mean your kid should go without one. Or you, Halloween costumes are not just for kids!

You can just make a DIY witch hat yourself!

It might seem difficult to make but that isn’t the case. This project is easy, fun, and it doesn’t even take long to finish. All you need is a step-by-step guide, like this one!

Keep reading and you will learn how to make a witch hat with ease!

how to make a witch hat

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Witch Hat

Supplies and tools

witch hat template and supplies

  • fabric – premium felt 1/2 yard or something equally stiffer so that the hat can keep it’s shape
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • fabric marking pen or sewist chalk
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine (it’s an easy sew, but if you are using a stiffer fabric you use a heavy duty machine)
  • Some wire or plastic tubing (optional)

DOWNLOAD: witch hat pattern template (Free PDF file)

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How to Sew a Witch Hat

Watch the diy witch hat video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Take measurements for the witch hat template

Grab your measuring tape and measure the circumference of your head at forehead height. Add a 1/2 inch to that measurement. If you want the hat to be a bit loose, add one inch instead.

Next, decide how wide you want the brim of the hat to be. I like to have it about 18-19 inches wide, but you can make it bigger or smaller.

Last, you need to decide how tall you want the hat. Mine is 11 inches high

witch hat pattern calculations to make it in any size you want

The free pattern I made fits 21-23 inch head circumference, has 19 inch brim diameter and is 11 inches high. If you fit that measurements, go ahead and use the pattern directly. If you need different measurements I’ll explain how to make your own witch hat pattern below in STEPS 1.A to 1.C. Don’t worry, you won’t need to do any math – you can use the free excel witch hat template calculator that I made for you!

How to make your own witch hat pattern in any size

Follow steps 1.A. through 1.C. if you are making your own pattern. If making the hat using the pattern provided, skip to STEP 2.

STEP 1.A.(OPTIONAL) Download the Witch hat template calculator

Witch hat pattern calculator download

STEP 1.B. (OPTIONAL) Make the brim pattern

Divide your head circumference with 3.14 and you will get your head diameter.

Cut out a circle from a piece of paper with a diameter of your brim width, in my case, it’s 20 inches.

Then cut out a smaller circle inside that one, with a diameter as your head diameter you calculated earlier. The brim pattern is ready now.

felt diy witch hat drawn on fabric

STEP 1.B. (OPTIONAL) Make the cone pattern

Grab a piece of paper and draw a line on it that’s a bit longer than your head circumference. Find its center and then draw a straight line upwards from it. The line should be a bit longer than the height you wish the hat to have.

Connect the two ends of the horizontal line with the endpoint of the vertical one, so that you form a triangle. Cut the triangle out and you will have your cone pattern.

making the brim of the witches hat

STEP 2: Cut and pin the cone pattern

Trace and cut out the cone using the pattern. Fold the fabric in half (right sides together) so that the two straight edges align.  Pin everything in place to secure. Put aside.

TIP: Use chalk to trace out the patterns – you can see it much easier on the black felt.

STEP 3: Cut out the brim pattern

Trace and cut out the brim using the pattern. To cut the inner circle fold the brim in half and cut out a small piece in the center. Open the fabric and cut out the inner circle through the

witch hat template parts made out of felt - brim and cone

STEP 4: Sew the cone

Sew along the straight open edge with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Clip the seam allowance on the top point. Turn the whole thing inside-out and use your fingernails or something pointy to push the tip of the hat out.


STEP 5: Sew the brim to the cone

Pin the bottom of the cone to the inside circle of the brim. Wrong side of the cone should be facing the wrong side of the brim.

You’re done! That’s how to make a witches hat!

brim and cone pinned together to assemble the witch hat

STEP 6: (OPTIONAL) Stiffen the brim

If you want the brim to be a bit stiffer, you can strengthen it a bit.

You can fold its edge inwards for about a half of an inch all around and sew it in place.

You can also leave an opening on that folded edge and insert a wire or a plastic tubing inside and sew it in place. Just don’t forget to secure the ends of the wire or plastic together before you stitch the opening shut.

How to make a witches hat with orange ribbon

I hope you liked the DIY witch hat tutorial! Now that you know how to make a witch hat out of felt, try making it yourself and tell us how it turned out. Share your experience with us in the comment section below. Have fun trick or treating!

finished diy witch hat hanged on a tree

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 21 comments
Susan - September 24, 2020

Great looking hat – thanks for the tutorial!

    Helen - September 25, 2020

    Thank you, Susan! Glad you liked it. I certainly enjoyed making it

Denise/My Home of All Seasons - September 25, 2020

This is adorable! Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing!

Marielle - September 25, 2020

What a cute idea for this season! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I’m visiting today from the Friday Favorites link up. Have a great weekend!

    Helen - September 26, 2020

    Thank you Marielle, I’ve just released a matching cloak. Witch costume for the win

Cherelle | The Inspired Prairie - September 25, 2020

Very neat! I feel like this could even be tweaked slightly to make hats for thanksgiving pilgrim costumes.

Thanks for linking up with us on Embracing Home and Family!


    Helen - September 26, 2020

    What a great idea! Sure it can be tweaked to make a thanksgiving pilgrim hat

Shelbee on the Edge - September 27, 2020

You are right that Halloween needs witch hats! I like to use them as table centerpieces as well. What a great tutorial for making your own. Thanks for sharing and linking up!


    Susan Ramsay - October 15, 2021

    to Shelbee: I see you use a witch hat as a center piece. I can picture small pumpkins (Calabacitas) around the brim with yellow mums or other flowers.

Naush Samama - September 28, 2020

What a cute hat. Thank you for sharing the tutorial at Meraki Link Party.

Ann - September 28, 2020

Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

Michelle - September 29, 2020

Very cool! Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions!


JAN MORAN - September 30, 2020

I love your Witch hat! But the “Download witch hat pattern” doesn’t work for me. Can you send me the file?

Thanks a bunch!

    Helen - September 30, 2020

    Hi Jan, I’ve just fixed the link. Please try to download it again.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - September 30, 2020

Great looking hat and you made it looks so easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

chickenruby - October 1, 2020

Thanks for sharing with us at #pocolo. I’ve got so many of your patterns saved now, I really must make a start on them

    Helen - October 1, 2020

    Just start! All my patterns are sooo easy that you’ll get hooked!

Emma Peach - October 1, 2020

That’s really fun project for Halloween! I’m looking to dressing up with daughter and having some fun 🙂 Thanks for linking up!

Emma xxx

    Helen - October 2, 2020

    Thanks Emma, let me know how it goes

Cindy@CountyRoad407 - October 2, 2020

I bet this will be popular this year. It’s so cute and you make it look easy to make. Thank you for sharing it over at the Friday Farmhouse Link Party. Hope you link up again soon!

    Helen - October 2, 2020

    Thank you, Cindy! Hope it will be popular as it is really easy to make


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