Making your own Christmas cap is easy and is much better than those sold in stores for R$1,99. If you want a more traditional one, bet on fabrics like velvet and plush, if you want something simpler, use paper, even ! To get out of the ordinary, you can even make a Santa Claus tiarinha!
Method 1 of 3: Making a Fabric Hat
Step 1. Divide your head circumference by two
Take a measuring tape and wrap it around your head where you want the hat to be. Then take it out, write down the measurement and divide it by two.
- If your head is 55 cm in circumference, for example, then the measure you should use is half that, ie 27, 5 cm.
- If you don't have a measuring tape, wrap a piece of string around your head and then look at the measurement on a ruler.
Step 2. According to the measurement obtained above, draw a triangle on a sheet of paper
Its base should be half the circumference of the head and the height is up to you.
- Hold the end of the measuring tape against your head and lift the other side to see how far you want the hat to go, using this measurement to determine the height.
- A hat for an adult can be about 35 cm high, while for a child, 30 cm is already a good size.
Step 3. Draw a curve at the base of the triangle
Tie one end of a string to a pencil and hold the other end of the triangle. Holding tight so that the line is tight, draw a curve from the left end of the triangle to the right.
- You can also use a pen or pen instead of a pencil, and if you have a compass, even better.
- The curve must start at one corner and end at the other, rounding off the base of the triangle.
- If there is no way, draw the curve by hand, anyway. The result won't be as accurate, but it breaks the branch.
Step 4. Cut out the shape and trace it on a folded piece of fabric
Fold a red fabric in half, with it inside out. Place the figure on top of it, with one of the triangle's diagonals in line with the fold. Then outline it using a chalk or sewing pen.
- Good fabric options are: plush, velvet, wool, flannel and felt.
- Don't forget to keep the base of the triangle curved.
Step 5. When cutting the fabric, leave a 1 cm margin for sewing
Since one side of the triangle will look good in the fold, you only need to leave this space at the base and one of the open sides of the figure. It is very important to leave this margin, otherwise the hat will be too small.
Step 6. Sew the edge using a straight stitch and leaving a 1 cm margin
Sew the seam from the bottom to the top, matching the color of the thread to the fabric. If necessary, use pins to secure the triangle, remembering to take them off when you're done.
- The process is faster using a sewing machine, but you can also do this by hand. If you choose the machine, be sure to backstitch when starting and finishing the sewing, so that the stitches do not come loose.
- If you don't know how to sew, glue the edges together using hot glue or fabric.
Step 7. Finish with a white plush strip
Cut a piece of this fabric adding 2.5 cm to the circumference of your head. In addition, it needs to be twice as thick as you want, with 1 cm more to sew. If you want the border to be, for example, 5 cm wide, you will have to cut a strip of 10 cm, plus 1 cm of the margin.
- The white plush leaves a nice finish. But if you want, you can also use felt or wool.
- If you're not sewing the cap, you don't need to fold the width of the sash. So, if you want it to be 5 cm, cut it that size anyway.
Step 8. Sew the ends of the band together using a straight stitch and leaving a 1 cm margin
Fold it in half, wrong side up, lining up the sides of the fabric and sew, always leaving the margin. In that case, use a white line.
- Again, you can do this by hand or machine, always remembering to backstitch, in the latter case.
- As the ends of the strap are very short, it is not essential to secure them with pins. But if you feel more secure using them, just remember to take them off later.
Step 9. Attach the band to the hem of the bonnet and sew
First, turn it inside out, but leave the plush as is. Place the band over the edge of the triangle and sew, leaving a 1 cm margin. For this, use a white line.
- If you don't know how to sew, turn the strip inside out and glue it over the edge of the cap using hot glue or fabric.
- It is important that the side seam of the plush is aligned with the bonnet.
Step 10. Fold the plush up, then refold the hem and sew it onto the hat
In this step, turn it inside out and fold the plush so that the furry part is on top. Then fold it in half, placing the furry part behind the band and sew. If you want, you can also paste.
- If you have glued the plush, skip this step.
- You can sew the plush by hand or using a machine to make the straight stitch. If you choose the second option, remember to backstitch.
Step 11. Glue or sew a pompom to the tip of the hat
Drop by a craft store and buy a large pompom to clip to the top of Santa's hat. You can do this using hot glue, fabric or even hand sewing.
If you can't find a pompom, use a cotton ball
Step 12. If you want a better finish, make a plush pompom
To do this, trace an 8 cm diameter circle on a white plush piece using a cup and cut out. Then sew the edges by hand using a straight stitch or a running stitch and pull the thread to make the plush into a ball. Finally, tie a knot in the thread and glue or sew it to the hat.
You can either glue or sew the ball, but never do both
Method 2 of 3: Making a Paper Hat
Step 1. Draw a half-circle 50 cm wide on a sheet of red paper
To do this, place a ruler on the bottom edge of the paper, tie one end of a string to a pencil, and hold the other end of the string against the paper at the 10-inch mark on the ruler. Keep the string very straight and move the pencil, drawing an arc from the 2.5 cm mark to the 50 cm mark.
If you want a smaller cap, make one 45 cm wide
Step 2. Cut out the semicircle with scissors
If there is any pencil mark, just erase it with an eraser. If you want to make a hat with a better finish, use the semicircle you just cut to trace and cut another one in red felt.
Step 3. Overlap the straight ends of the semicircle to form a cone
You can overlap them by as many centimeters as you like, depending on the size you want the hat to be. The more it overlaps, the smaller it will be.
Put the hat on your head and see if the size is right. If necessary, tighten or widen it a little
Step 4. Staple or glue the cap to close it
When you are satisfied with the fit, remove the cap and staple the edges to close it. For this you will need a clamp near the top and one at the base. If you want a nicer finish, glue it with double-sided tape or glue.
You can use white glue or stick, but in this case you will need to secure the cap with a pin until it dries. This process can take anywhere from twenty minutes to a few hours
Step 5. Glue cotton balls around the edge of the hat
Here, the ideal is to use white glue, but you can use it hot, too. Glue one very close to the other, leaving no spaces between them.
- Don't use white pompoms as it won't leave a nice effect.
- If you can't find cotton balls, use a strip of white felt instead.
Step 6. Glue a cotton ball or white pompom to the top of the hat
Put a generous drop of hot or white glue on the end of the cap and press a pompom or cotton ball onto it, holding it until the glue sets. Before using, wait until it is completely dry.
Hot glue dries in just a few minutes, while white glue can take a few hours
Method 3 of 3: Making a mini cap on the tiara
Step 1. Draw a semicircle on a sheet of red felt and cut out
It needs to be twice the size you want the hat to be. Something around 15 to 20 cm should be enough, forming a hat of about 10 cm.
- You can also use a bowl or plate to draw a complete circle and then cut it in half.
- For an even cooler effect, use a glittery felt!
Step 2. Overlap the straight edges of the semicircle, forming a cone
It doesn't matter how much you overlap them, as long as it stays in that format. Keep in mind that the idea is that it will be much smaller than your head itself, as you will clip it to the tiara later.
If using glitter felt, leave the shiny side out
Step 3. Glue the edges with hot glue
When you are satisfied with the shape of the cone, apply hot glue to one edge and glue it over the other, holding it until it sets, which should only take a few minutes.
You can also use white or fabric glue, but you'll have to pin the felt with pins until it dries. Fabric glue takes fifteen to twenty minutes to dry, while white glue takes a few hours
Step 4. Outline the base of the cone in red felt and cut
Place the cone on a sheet of red felt, trace the outline of it using a ballpoint pen and cut out. This base will be glued to the cone and will serve to fit it into the tiara.
Cut inside the line so the circle is not too big
Step 5. Make two small cuts in the red felt circle to secure it to the tiara
First measure the width of the bow, then make two vertical cuts about 1 cm from the edges on opposite sides of the circle.
Making the little cuts in the circle will allow you to pass it through the tiara later
Step 6. Glue the circle to the base of the cone
You can do this using hot glue, white or fabric. Just rub a little around the edges of the felt and press it against the inside of the cone. You'll have a little edge on the inside of the hat, but that's normal.
- If you choose hot glue, use it little by little, as it dries quickly.
- If using white or fabric glue, pin the felt to the felt until it sets.
- If the circle is bigger than the base of the cone and you can see it, just cut the little tips that are showing.
Step 7. Cut a strip of white plush for the edge of the hat
Measure the circumference of the cap with a measuring tape and use that measurement to cut the plush. As for the width, ideally it should have about two fingers.
- You can find the plush in fabric or craft stores. If you only find it in very large pieces, just cut it with scissors.
- If you can't find white plush, use felt.
Step 8. Glue the plush strip to the edge of the cone
For this, you can use hot glue, fabric or liquid. In the case of the first one, go on gluing the fabric little by little, going every 5 cm. If you apply too much glue at once, it will eventually dry out before you have time to glue the plush.
Again, if using liquid or fabric glue, it's a good idea to secure the pellucida with pins until it dries
Step 9. Glue the pompom to the tip of the hat
Buy a pack of white pompoms at a craft store, glue one to the top of your cap and wait for it to dry. Hot glue is ideal for this step, but you can also use fabric glue.
- Liquid glues are not recommended as they take too long to dry and the pompom may fall out. Fabric glue does not have this problem as it is more consistent and dries quickly.
- If you can't find pompoms, use a cotton ball.
Step 10. Pass the hat through the headband through the slits
Insert one end from the left of the cap and push until it comes out the other. Then, just adjust it in the position you want, leaving it right in the center or more to the side of the tiara.
Step 11. Ready
- Your hat doesn't need to be red and white.
- If you like, make a Santa's helper hat using green fabric instead of red and green plush instead of white.