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DIY Mini Witch Hat Headband

Updated on September 5, 2014

Make a Sexy Mini Hat with Veil

I've been seeing these little mini hats (often referred to as fascinators) on the internet for the past couple of years here and there. I found several how-tos online and feeling very inspired, I decided to try my hand at making some mini witch hats with veils for Halloween.

Hope you'll find my pictures and the suggestions on this page helpful to make a fascinator of your own. I wanted to give a big Mahalo (Thank You!) to my daughter, Riki, (pictured in center) Becky on the left and Dani on the right at Malama Day Spa for modeling their mini hats. They look boo-tiful, don't they? :)

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Stuff I Used to Make a Mini Witch Hat for Halloween - What will YOUR mini witch hat look like?

The beauty of making DIY mini witch hats is the fact you can customize the hats so easily. I was inspired by several fascinator tutorials online. My version of a mini hat was the result. What accessories or features will your mini hat have?

I used polypro webbing, a headband, sequins and some plastic spiders and ants to decorate my witch hats.

Black Metallic Flat Sequins, 6mm X 80yd
Black Metallic Flat Sequins, 6mm X 80yd

I used my hot glue gun to attach strands of black sequins to the base of the cone on the hat.

1 Inch Wide Satin Headband (Black)
1 Inch Wide Satin Headband (Black)

The 1" wide headband allows for a comfortable fit.


Anatomy of My Mini Witch Hat

This is a very brief look at the details of my witch hat fascinator.

1. The cone of the hat is STUFFED with polyfiber filling to make it stiff.

2. Under the brim tabs sewn to secure a thick headband to the hat.

3. Under the brim tabs to secure a skinny headband to the hat.

4. Close up of black plastic spider, cockroach and ant hot glued along with rows of black sequins to the base of the cone. You could use a fancy Halloween pin or some black roses instead of insects.

5. Four layers of black tulle measuring 9 inches tall x 18 inches wide.

6. Gathered tulle sewn and attached under edge of brim.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Mini Witch Hat Template
Mini Witch Hat Template

Step 1

Template (and insert) for Mini Witch Hat Base

I used flexible cutting mats to create templates for the brims for my version of a mini witch hat. Also the mat will serve as a stiffener when inserted into an opening in the sewn brim of the hat. Using a couple of bowls from my kitchen, I traced circles on the mats and cut along the lines with craft scissors. (The bowls were 7 1/2" and 8 1/2" in diameter).

It's important to remember one of the fun things about these little mini hat fascinators is the fact they are MINI in size. It's part of their charm. :) So just grab something circular from the kitchen and trace away! :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Sewing a Mini Witch Hat
Sewing a Mini Witch Hat

Step 2

For each mini hat, you will trace a circle template onto the wrong side of your chosen fabric. Before sewing together TWO pieces of fabric right sides together, you must first sew a tab made of webbing to the right side of one of the circle templates. (This sewn tab cannot be seen in the photo above because it's INSIDE the two circles being sewn together.)

See Step 3 for more info on the tabs.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Pause for a Poll

Mini Witch Hat Fascinators
Mini Witch Hat Fascinators

Do you know someone who would love a mini witch hat or fascinator?

See results

Step 3

Different Tabs for Different Headbands
Different Tabs for Different Headbands

Make sure to sew "tabs" that will rest under the brim to secure the mini hat to the headband.

Notice the already-finished brim on the left I used two 1" wide strips of poly webbing to make a tab that would easily accommodate the larger headband. The strips are sewn on the ends only leaving the edges open so the headband is inserted under the tabs. This allows the hat to be positioned on the head according to the wearers preference.

The webbing tabs on the right shown being sewn in this picture are crisscrossed in the middle, leaving a large X opening for the skinny headband to be inserted securely through. (see close up photo of this in step 4 below)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Step 4

Tab for Skinny Headband
Tab for Skinny Headband

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Step 5 - Inserting Flexible Template into Witch Hat Brim

I still need to take a photo of this step. But, I hope this description of Step 5 will suffice for now.....

After sewing together the two circular fabric pieces of the brim and leaving approximately a 6" opening, turn the fabric circles right side out. Here's where the flexible part comes in for the cutting mats....just loosely curl the cutting mat circle template into a cylinder shape and insert into the opening between fabric sections.

The mat should slip in nicely and then using your fingers it should take just a few seconds for the mat to lay flat. Now sew the opening closed with a slip stitch.

Close Up of Base of Cone
Close Up of Base of Cone

Step 6

Let's Make a Cone for the Mini Witch Hat

There are articles online that show you how to make a cone shape. I just guesstimated the size of my fabric cone, turned the cone right side out, stuffed it with polyfiber filling, cut out a circle shape to fit the open end of the cone. I pinned this small circle to the end of the cone and slip stitched it in place to keep the stuffing inside the cone.

The finished cone was then sewn by hand onto the middle of the flat brim. Stitches were hidden with a row of black sequins at the base of the cone.

Photo credit Pam Irie

Tulle Veil for Mini Witch Hat
Tulle Veil for Mini Witch Hat

Step 7

Making a Sexy Tulle Veil

This mini witchy hat wouldn't be complete without a sexy veil. Here's how I made mine......

1. Cut four pieces of black tulle 9 inches tall x 18 inches long. Lay the pieces on top of one another.

2. Sew along one long edge of the layers in a basting stich. (Use your sewing machine or sew by hand.) Leave long edges of the thread on each end to help in the next step.

3. Now pull the basting or gathering stitches together to a length that looks good under the brim of your hat. Tie loose thread ends together to keep desired length.

4. Fold the bottom layer of tulle OVER the top and to the front of the top 3 layers. This will create one shorter layer on top which makes the veil appear fuller and softer. Sew the layers about 1/2 inch from the top in this manner.

5. Pin the gathered tulle veil onto the underside of the brim just about 3/4" from the edge of the brim. Baste into place by hand.

Photo credit Pam Irie

Up Close and Boo-tiful!


What do you think? - Will you be making a mini hat anytime soon?

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    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thank you Virginia! I also added a big plastic ant and a cockroach. Ewwww :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      These are super-cute and I love the addition of the black spider. Fun!

    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thanks Peggy. It was a really fun project to do. :)

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great mom you are for making these cool and oh so boo-tiful hats for you daughter and friends!

    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      This looks like such a fun Halloween project. Since I don't have a sewing machine, I might try crafting it with fabric glue.

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Darling! Wouldn't they be adorable for staff to wear at offices or restaurants too? Very clever!

    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Brite-Ideas: Witch crafts....LOL That's perfect! :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      These are really cute - you're very good with crafts (witch crafts too?, lol) you could easily sell these things!

    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Nancy Hardin: Wow, thank you Nancy! I am always so happy to see you visit a lens because you make the writer feel special! Thank you for your kind words!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No, I don't sew and I'm only crafty with crochet! But you have to be one of the most talented crafty ladies I've ever known! Just a beautiful job on these fascinating fascinators. I think they're just the cutest and most dashing little hats I've ever seen. Also love the link for the history on them, and went there and read it. That's how much they interest me.


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