- Holidays and Celebrations
Make Cute Witch Hat Barrettes For Halloween
It's Easy To Sew A Little Witch Hat Using Felt And Lace
The tutorial that I've outlined in this page will yield one adorable witch hat hair clip that is 2 inches high and 2.5 inches across. The pattern I have provided is very easy to adapt for a larger size and the creative embellishment possibilities are endless.
As barrettes the hats can be worn as a quirky accessory by both adults and children.
This is a great, simple, inexpensive project for adults as well as supervised children and though I've made my little hats into cute barrettes, the end product can be used in a variety of ways, you are only limited by your imagination!
The materials required for this project are easy to obtain. I have provided a pattern below which you can right click to download and print out on your home printer.
In addition to the pattern you will require the following.
1. Black felt
2. Black thread
5. Bit o' stuffing
6. About 5 inches of gathered lace
7. bead or charm embellishments (optional)
8. Hair clip
You should be able to find this easily enough at just about any craft store, or even Walmart. If all else fails... there is always amazon!
I like these snap clips however I bought mine from eBay. I think that's worth mentioning because I also bought some from a local store and the ones that I imported from China via eBay were actually less expensive and of a much higher quality. But again, if all else fails, there is always Amazon!
To Get Started Just Right Click Image Below To Download The Pattern - It's already formatted to fit on a standard sheet of printer paper
Cut Out Felt Shapes Using Pattern
First cut the pattern shapes out of the printer paper on the outside of the black line.
Next, either hold or pin the pattern pieces in place to cut out the shapes. If you want to make multiple hats I've found that one sheet will give me enough pieces for about 5 completed hats.
If your scissors are nice and sharp this part will be a breeze. I make it a habit to never allow my sewing scissors anywhere near paper because paper kills fabric scissors. Sad but true.
Sew Cone With Tiny Stitches
To sew the hat cone fold the wedge shape in half as pictured and sew a running stitch down the edge. You don't need a seam allowance of more than about a millimeter, just make sure the stitches are small and tight.
I always double my thread when I sew and I go over the seam twice to make sure that it's going to be very strong and that there are no gaps.
Turn Cone Inside Out Then Shape & Stuff
After the seam is fixed you can stretch the felt to make it taller and fatter and you can turn it inside out so that the stitches are hidden.
The tip can be poked out with the blunt end of a bbq skewer or a pencil.
Next you want to firmly pack it with stuffing. I use the blunt end of a bbq skewer for this too and I do it in two steps to make sure that the stuffing gets right up into the tip.
If you use a skewer for this you can neatly tuck away any fly away pieces so that nothing will be poking out when you try to sew the cone onto the base.
Gather The Lace
The gathered lace should already be gathered to a certain extent of course, however you need to make it bunch up in a neat little circle. To do this just thread your needle and make a really loose running stitch (about every centimeter) at the top of the lace from one end to the other and then pull it tight so that it bunches up in a nice tidy circle. Then just make a couple of stitches to hold it in shape and you're golden.
Fasten Lace To Base
Fixing the lace to the hat base is easy enough however, before I sew anything to the base I like to stretch it out a bit to make it slightly bigger and wobbly. This is purely optional of course.
Just center the lace on the base and fasten the two together with some stitches going up through the bottom and down through the top.
You can see that there is still a little hole in the middle of my lace. Your lace doesn't have to look like this. I've made several of these hats and if you just pull the thread a little tighter in the previous step the hole will disappear and you'll have a tighter ruffle!
Fasten Cone To Base
This bit is a little tricky and it's very easy to go off center.
What I do to make sure that my cone stays in the middle is before I do all my stitches around the cone I make four primary stitches to hold it in place at 12 o' clock, 6 o'clock, 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock.... then I just fill in the gaps.
The way that I make the stitches is I bring my needle up through the base and then I bring it up and out the cone about 1mm from its bottom edge. Then the needle goes down again under the cone. Don't worry about what the stitches are going to look like underneath, no one will see that part!
Make sure you pull the thread tight enough with each stitch that the shapes are held together firmly without any stuffing poking out but not so tightly that there are ugly puckers. It might take you a few tries to get the hang of it, just remember, it's really easy to take out the stitches just be sure to re-thread your needle between steps so you can easily backtrack if you need to. The lace will help to hide any flub ups you may make. :)
Embellishments are completely optional. I chose to use these square glass beads that I had laying around.
To fasten the bead I just brought my needle up through the base and out through the cone, through the bead and back again a couple of times until it was firmly set in place.
I then knotted the thread underneath and trimmed away the excess.
Last Step - Sew On The Barrette
This part is pretty easy. I do wish I had smaller barrettes though. At any rate they are totally hidden under the base of the hat so it's all good.
To fix the barrette to the hat just make 15-20 stitches on each side of the open clip. Be sure that all stitches are under the cone so that they won't show up on the other side.
After that part is all sorted, model your creation!
(Or make your unsuspecting toddler do it like I did)