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Make a Mad Hatter Hat

Updated on November 26, 2014

Mad Hatter Hat

Mad Hatter Hat
Mad Hatter Hat | Source

How to Make a Top Hat, Wellington Hat or Mad Hatter Hat

One of the more notable Top Hats to have been designed is the Top Hat or more correctly the Wellington Hat created for Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter, a hat maker by trade.

The Mat Hatter's Hat has took on a new life and a new look for the Tim Burton interpretation of Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp's portrayal of the eccentric character.

I was interested in the Mad Hatter costume so scoured the Internet for patterns and tutorials on making a Mad Hatter Hat or Wellington Hat.

What you find here in the Make a Mad Hatter Hat lens are the patterns, video tutorials and tutorials I've discovered searching on the Internet.

Another fun variation of the Mad Hatter Top Hat is a Miniature version or a Mini Top Hat, popular as part of the Steampunk style and the Japanese Lolita style. There was so much on Mini Top Hats, that I created a separate lens for them as well.

Pick your pattern or tutorial for making a Top Hat, Wellington Hat or Mini Top Hat. There are different styles of hats and different ways to create the hats: sewing, knitting, crocheting, gluing and taping.

The easiest way to make your own Mad Hatter Hat is to embellish a purchased top hat or mini top hat.

Mad Hatter Poster available on Amazon

The Mad Hatter Hat

Wellington Top Hat

Mad Hatter Hat

Mad Hatter Hat with Drink Me Bottle
Mad Hatter Hat with Drink Me Bottle | Source

Top Hat - Wellington Hat

Wellington Top Hat
Wellington Top Hat

Particulars about the Wellington Hat

A true Mad Hatter Hat is a Wellington Style hat, which according to Lynn McMasters was a short-lived fad in the 1820's and 1830's. The Wellington Hat was a top hat with concave sides or a hat where the top section (circle) is larger than the head section (circle). The peak of the top hat's popularity in the 1840s and the 1850s saw it reach its most extreme form, with ever higher crowns and narrow brims, much like the Mad Hatter Hat.

The Mad Hatter Hat differs from the traditional top hat in that it is wider at the very top than at the brim (circle) of the hat. The Traditional Top Hat is sometimes called the stovepipe hat, cylinder hat, chimney pot hat, an indication that the hat goes straight up and down.

Think of the differences between the look of the Mad Hatter (Wellington Hat) and Abraham Lincoln, Cat in the Hat or Willy Wonka (Top Hat).

Image: Modified Microsoft Clipart.

John Tenniel's Mad Hatter Hat

Mad Hatter Hat
Mad Hatter Hat | Source

10/6 Hat Tag

What does the 10/6 indicate on the Mad Hatter Hat?

The tag on the hat is a price tag. 10/6 was the shorthand notation for 10 shillings and 6 pence or the price of the hat.

10/6 is also the value for a half guinea. In 1717 a royal proclamation fixed the value of the guinea at twenty one shillings.

With the proclamation the value of the half guinea was fixed at ten shillings and sixpence written either as 10s6d or 10/6.

Information Source: Wikipedia. Half Guinea.

Mad Hatter Hat from John Tenniel's Mad Hatter. Public Domain.

Interview with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

Jake the Movie Guy talks with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton about the Alice in Wonderland Film

Alice in Wonderland Interview with Johnny Depp

Make a Mad Hatter Hat

or a Wellington Hat

Mad Hatter Hat from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatter Hat
Mad Hatter Hat | Source

Make a Mad Hatter Hat

The Mad Hatter costume was a hit even before the film debut. It was one of the more popular costumes for Halloween 2009. Threadbanger noted the popularity of the Mad Hatter Costume before Halloween this year:

  • How do you know a movie is going to be huge?
  • People start dressing up as the characters before it even comes out.

While the entire Mad Hatter Costume is amazing, the Hat is particularly appealing since it can easily be worn by both genders.

There are many ways to make a Mad Hatter hat. The Lynn McMaters Wellington pattern is one of the best patterns for making a more traditional style hat. Simplicity 2525 contains two versions, a large adult size and a smaller Mini Hat Pattern. Both of these patterns are good ways of getting started.

There are also several tutorials and articles with directions for making your own Mad Hatter Hat. The best probably comes from Instructables.com with pictures.

Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

How to Make Mad Hatter Costume and Hat

Complete Mad Hatter costume tutorial inspired by Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland from Threadbanger.

Mad Hatter Costume - Threadbangers

Mad Hatter Hat Pattern from Lynn McMasters

Wellington or "Mad Hatter" Top Hat Pattern
Wellington or "Mad Hatter" Top Hat Pattern

his Pattern has three different views of this flared Top Hat Style worn from 1800 - 1870's.

It includes instructions for making it in wool or in straw.

The shorter version made from straw was sometimes worn by in the very late 1700's and very early 1800's.

 

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland | Source

Step by Step Directions to Make a Mad Hatter Hat

Instructables.com provides a great tutorial with pictures, images and step by step instructions for making your own Burton Mad Hatter Hat.

A Multitude of Mad Hatter Hats

Top Hat Background
Top Hat Background | Source

Behind the Mad Hatter Hat

Find out more about the Mad Hatter's Hat design from these articles and photos looking at the artistry of the hat.

Buy and Embellish a Wellington Hat

Mad Hatter Black Hat on Amazon

Scala Men's Wool Felt Top Hat, Black, Large
Scala Men's Wool Felt Top Hat, Black, Large

This Scala Black Top Hat is made with wool felt. The hat has a 24-Ligne grosgrain trim, and a bound edge 2" brim.

 

Black Top Hat

Top Hat
Top Hat | Source

Embellishing a Mad Hatter Hat

The easiest way to make your own Mad Hatter Hat, especially if you don't want to sew or knit one, is to get a top hat and add your own embellishments to create a custom Mad Hatter Hat.

To embellish the Mad Hatter Hat:

  • Add a layer of dark lace over the entire hat.
  • Tie a peach or salmon colored scarf in place of the ribbon or hat band.
  • Create or add several hat pins with blue gems, brass baubles and old vintage style jewelry for the left side.
  • Place a Peacock feather on the right side.
  • Cut a small piece of striped ribbon for the right side.
  • Add a tag or card with the numbers 10/6 for the price or 3/5 for the date of the premiere.

With a few embellishments you can create your own unique Mad Hatter Hat, fit for the opening or any viewing of Alice in Wonderland.

Image: Mconnors Top Hat. Morgue File License.

Peacock Feathers on Amazon

Natural Peacock Feathers 10-12 inches Long (40 pieces per pack)
Natural Peacock Feathers 10-12 inches Long (40 pieces per pack)

Peacock feathers to include on your Mad Hatter Hat.

 

Peach Scarf on Amazon

Solid Color Sheer Polyester Scarf, Peach
Solid Color Sheer Polyester Scarf, Peach

This beautiful polyester scarf can wrap around a Top Hat to recreate your own Mad Hatter Hat.

Size: 60" X 30"

 

Mad Hatter Hats on eBay

Victorian styled top hats can be customized into your own Mad Hatter Hat.

Mad Hatter Hat Pins on Amazon

Elope Alice in Wonderland Madhatter Hat Pin Set
Elope Alice in Wonderland Madhatter Hat Pin Set

Officially licensed Disney Hat Pins

The package includes five eclectic metallic bejeweled pins to embellish your own Mad Hatter Hat

Size: 6 inches

 

How to Embellish a Mad Hatter Hat

For my daughters' Mad Hatter Party we turned basic black hats into Mad Hatter Hats by adding in a few embelllishments.

The materials used to make the Mad Hatter Hat include:

  • Black felt top hat
  • Orange sheer organza ribbon
  • Peacock feather
  • Hat pins made from bamboo skewers, sparkly hearts and mini cards
  • Mini paper flowers and orange skeleton leaves
  • Cardstock printed with 10/6 price tag

Traditional Top Hats on Amazon

A Black felt top hat can be adapted into a Mad Hatter Hat. I've found a collection of fairly inexpensive top hats that can be used for embellishing

Satin Top Hat

Beistle Satin Sleek Top Hat - Black
Beistle Satin Sleek Top Hat - Black

Felt top hat with a satin hatband.

 

Knit or Crochet a Mad Hatter Hat

Crochet Top Hat

Crochet Top Hat
Crochet Top Hat | Source

Knit or Crochet a Mad Hatter Hat

Knitters and Crocheters may want to use their knitting and crocheting skills to fashion a unique yarn Mad Hatter Hat.

This Mushroom Cap hat is just one of the patterns that I've found for crocheting a Mad Hatter Style Hat. It is available for free on the Lion Brand Yarn site. I've started one in Olive Green for the Alice in Wonderland Premiere.

Darktwist on Etsy offers two knitted patterns for making Top Hats through her Etsy store. I've got a copy of her Minitature knitted top hat to knit up a mini top hat.

Mushroom Hat Pattern available from Lion Brand Yarn. See link below.

Make a Mini Top Hat

or Mini Mad Hatter Hat

Mini Top Hat on Amazon

Fever Women's Mini Top Hat on Headband, Black, One Size, 32927
Fever Women's Mini Top Hat on Headband, Black, One Size, 32927

This black mini hat is decorated with a veil and ribbon band.

The hat is attached to a head band for easy wearing.

 

Make a Mini Mad Hatter Top Hat

There are several different techniques to make the Mini Top Hat using different items. Patterns for sewing or knitting a Mini Top Hat are included above.

Video tutorials for making a Mini Mad Hatter Top Hat or just a Mini Top Hat are included below.

One uses a Styrofoam cup as the base to make a Mad Hatter Style Hat. The other uses Sticky Felt to make a more traditional style Top Hat or Lolita Hat.

How to Make a Mini Top Hat Video

A tutorial to make your own mini Mad Hatter top hat. For this top hat you need the following supplies:

  • 1 Styrofoam cup
  • An Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Two 8x10 sheets of Foam or Felt
  • Glue or Hot glue
  • Embellishments: Ribbons, Feathers, jewels etc.

How to Make a Mini Top Hat - Video Tutorial

Mini Top Hat with Veil

Mini Top Hat from Lisa Dragon.
Mini Top Hat from Lisa Dragon. | Source

Lolita Fashion from Wikipedia

Lolita Fashion is a fashion subculture originating in Japan that is primarily influenced by Victorian clothing as well as costumes from the Rococo period.

Lolita has made this into a unique fashion by adding gothic and original design elements to the look. From this, Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub styles and has created a devoted subculture in Japan.

The Lolita look consists primarily of a knee length skirt or dress, headdress, blouse, petticoat, knee high socks or stockings and rocking horse or high heel/platform shoes.

The style soon spread from its origins in the Kansai region, and ultimately reached Tokyo where it became popularized throughout Japanese youth culture. Today, Lolita fashion has grown so much in popularity that it can be found even in department stores in Japan. Today many young people wear the fashion all around the world.

Mini Top Hat from Lisa Dragon. Used under a Creative Commons License.

More on Wikipedia

How to Make a Mini Top Hat - Sew and No Sew Versions

Learn how to make a mini top hat from Fleecefun as a sew or a no sew version.

How to Make a Mini Top Hat - Video Tutorial

Make Your Own Mini Top Hats

Make your own Mini top Hats: includes 8 mini top hat templates (Happythought paper craft Book 1)
Make your own Mini top Hats: includes 8 mini top hat templates (Happythought paper craft Book 1)

Learn how to make your own Mini Top Hats with this PDF eBook from Happythought printables.

Included are 8 printable hat templates one of the Mad Hatter hat and 7 other fun mini hats.

 

Buy and Embellish a Mini Black Top Hat

Mini Black Top Hat

Mini Black Top Hat
Mini Black Top Hat | Source

Embellish a Mini Top Hat

One of the easiest ways to make your own Mini Top Hat is to start with a basic hat and add your own embellishments and custom touches.

Some of the items that can be used to embellish a hat include:

  • Ribbons
  • Feathers
  • Flowers
  • Lace
  • Peacock feathers
  • Lace or mesh fabric
  • Beads
  • Miniature pearls
  • Skeletons
  • Skull and crossbones
  • Hearts
  • Sequins
  • Gems and jewels
  • Pins
  • Vintage jewelry
For a lot less than buying one, you can make your own unique Mini Top Hat.

Mini Top Hat available on Amazon above

Buy a Mad Hatter Hat

Disney Mad Hatter

Disney Mad Hatter
Disney Mad Hatter | Source

The Traditional Disney Mad Hatter

The current version of the Disney Mad Hatter was inspired by the 1951 Disney cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland.

With wild and crazy hair, the Mad Hatter Hat and colorful attire as seen in the picture below.

This Mad Hatter Hat is the one that has been available at Disneyland Parks, Amazon and sole on eBay.

This Mad Hatter was voiced by famous character actor, Ed Wynn, who his perhaps best remembered for his role as Uncle Albert in the Mary Poppins.

Mad Hatter Button available on Amazon

Traditional Mad Hatter Cartoon Hat

Mad Hatter Costume Accessory
Mad Hatter Costume Accessory

This green and orange hat looks a lot like the original Mad Hatter Hat from the 1951 cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland.

 

Disney's Original Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter at the Mad Hatter Tea Party
Mad Hatter at the Mad Hatter Tea Party | Source

More Mad Hatter Hats on Amazon

The Mad Hatter Wellington Hat has been done in several different color versions, some crazier than others.

Classic Mad Hatter Hat from Amazon

The Classic Mad Hatter Hat by elope
The Classic Mad Hatter Hat by elope

An adult version of the first classic Mad Hatter Hat.

 

Deluxe Purple Mad Hatter Hat

Disney Parks Mini Top Hats on eBay

Even Disney Parks has gotten in on the Mini Hat Craze creating different versions of mini hats featuring different characters. The Mad Hatter, Tinkerbell and Jack Skellington Mini Hats are among my favorites.

Thanks to eBay you can now buy them online instead of having to take a trip to a Disney Parks Resort.

History of the Mad Hatter Hat Page

Mad Hatter Hat on Squidoo

Prior to being featured on Hubpages, the Mad Hatter hub used to be a lens on the Squidoo website.

While there, the lens received several awards, notably being the Lens of the Day in 2010 and also being awarded a purple star for excellence in crafting lenses.


Mad Hatter Hat - Lens of the Day

Make a Mad Hatter Lens is LOTD - February 11, 2010

The Make a Had Hatter Lens was nominated by Squid Angel, Sylvestermouse to be considered for Lens of the Day.

  • ...With the upcoming release of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, cosplay fans won't go without their own authentic grab with help from Comfortdoc's lens Make a Mad Hatter Hat.
  • Comfortdoc's lens contains way more than just how to make a hat. You'll learn more than you probably wanted to know about the difference between a top hat and a Wellington hat, the role of the Mad Hatter Hat in Alice in Wonderland, and how to girly-up a mini top hat and start your own Mad Hatteress trend.
  • Alice in Wonderland opens March 5, so don't take time to say hello, goodbye, get your stuff, make your hat, don't be late!
I've already thanked her in email. I'd like to extend a public thanks here as well.

Did You Make a Mad Hatter Hat?

Have you been inspired to make your own Mad Hatter Hat?

Will you decide to buy one?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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      Kim Milai 2 years ago

      This lens is incredible. Love all the options. As you know I'm a Mad Hatter Fan. Good luck to you in the future without Squidoo. I'll be over at Hubpages if you want to look me up in the future. Kim

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @pitlock: Thank you

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      pitlock 3 years ago

      love these ideas

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @LoriBeninger: The mad hatter hat is so much fun.

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      LoriBeninger 3 years ago

      Oh make it. Definitely. Great lens.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @sierradawn lm: Loved the Mad Hatter Costume, especially the Battle Scene. I've seen a lot of women dressed as the Mad Hatter too.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      The Johnny Depp- Tim Burton hat, hands down! And the whole costume too! But I can't think of any place to wear them. I would wear your evil queen outfits from your Once Upon A Time Lens, every day though. I love this Mad Hatter Lens! It's mad!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Cynthia Haltom: I just love the Mad Hatter Hat. Very unique and can be worn by both genders.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      What an imaginative creations, I like to make hats this is the next one on my list.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @imagelist lm: Thank you

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Wooowwww...great lens...

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: Thank you

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      Yes, you shared a lot of useful information! I would not buy one, I would love to make one by myself... :-) Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @happy-birthday: The Mad Hatter Hat is a fun project to try to make yourself.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @mrdata: The LOTD was a fun honor for this lens.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Great lens! Congrats for your LOTD! your hats are cool! Thanks!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @ChristyZ: What a fun school where she could make a Mad Hatter Hat as a project!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      What a terrific idea for a lens, and very well done. My daughter made a mad hatter hat for a school presentation, so much fun! :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @DecoratingMom411: I agree. It is loads of fun and can be worn by both men and women.

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