Monday, May 6, 2013

Mini Hats on a Budget

This is a really easy and simple way to make those tiny hats that you often see Ceil from Black Butler wear. I'm not going to post a tutorial video for this one, but I will if enough people bug me about it. :)

STEP 1: You're gonna have to find a reference pic for whichever hat you want to make, but this is how I made my Magnet Miku hat that she wears on her headphones.

STEP 2: Gather your materials:
  • Colored Fabric (depending on what your hat looks like you will need different colored fabric)
  • An empty cake mix box or any other useable thin cardboard
  • A ruler
  • A pen, pencil, marker, or anything that you can use to draw out your pattern
  • Scissors
  • Necessary decorations for your hat
  • Regular glue, hot glue, or fabric glue, maybe all three
  • Duct Tape
STEP 3: Estimate how tall you want your hat to be. Mine is about 4 to 5 inches tall but I think that's a bit out of proportion for me. :) So do whatever you think is proportional for yourself. The length should be from the top crease to the bottom crease of the box, which should measure to be about 10 inches long. For the rim of the hat I used just a plain 2D circle. You can try to make an actual 3D rim but for starters just use the 2D circle. To find out how big you want the rim to be cut out and roll up your rectangular cardboard piece. Place the cylinder wherever you are going to trace out your circle and trace your circle. Make sure that the edge of the circle is about 1 inch away from the cylinder.

STEP 4: Now you have two separate pieces of cardboard, the cylinder and the circle. Before gluing these two pieces together take your fabric of choice and measure and cut out a rectangular piece for the cylinder, two circle pieces for your rim, and a smaller circle for the top of the hat. Take your two circular pieces and glue them on top and bottom of your circle. Then glue the rectangular piece to the cylinder. 

STEP 5: Take your cylinder and place a bit of duct tape inside so that the hole on the bottom is covered and the sticky side is facing you. Put a bit of hot glue around the edge of the tape then place it centered on your rim (the circle). Let the glue cool, tip the hat upside down and gently shake it to make sure that the two pieces are secure. If the cylinder falls off apply more glue.

STEP 6: Now it's time to decorate! o(^▽^)o Add any sort of decoration that your hat needs. Since the bottom of your hat doesn't have a hole it's really easy to glue it to a head band or hair clips. Just make sure to use hot glue to secure it. 

I hope this tutorial did you some good. Please leave a comment and tell me how this worked out for you. Please leave questions too, they help me improve my tutorials. Thanx everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! Although I haven't tried it yet but I will definitely give it ago! By the way your blog is lovely! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Let me know :D