DIY Project: Felt Gnome Hats

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How to Make a Felt Gnome Hat

Gnome Hat Materials:

  • felt by the yard
  • scissors
  • measuring tape
  • sewing machine, needle and thread, or glue
First, you need to cut the basic hat shape out of felt. It will look like a triangle with a rounded bottom. I measured the heads of my children and discovered that I wanted a roughly 20" circumfrence, so I cut my fabric 21" wide to allow for a seam allowance. We have large heads in our family, so you may want to adjust the dimensions for your gnome.
Felt is great to work with. Easy to cut into clean shapes, and no need to hem because it doesn't fray.
Next, all you need to do is fold the felt triangle in half, and sew the straight edges together.
Turn the hat inside out, and voila, you have a gnome hat! If sewing really isn't your thing, you could easily use fabric glue  or hot glue instead. Or even staples. Now that I think about it, staples would be awesome.
I embellished the gnome hats for the gnome party by clipping on a simple flower hair clip. Not only did it dress up the basic hat for the party, but it functioned as a favor the girls could enjoy after the celebration.
And if you're not feeling crafty, I found this inexpensive gnome hat (buy here).  No shame from me!  My daughter (the 7 year old) wants to be Mangle from Five Nights at Freddy's II ("FNAF TWO, mom!"), and I'd buy that mask in a heartbeat if I could.  Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to figure out how to make a costume of an animatronic exoskeleton with two heads and three legs.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido