As part of a Harry Potter Halloween event I’m hosting soon, I have tons of decoration plans. Since I have had such a busy month, I only just started tackling this fun stuff. I completed my first decor item this week, a quick and easy sorting hat!
What You Need:
1. Cardboard witch hat (I purchased mine at Michael’s, though I can’t find a link)
2. 1/2 yard Suede or Faux Leather Fabric (Got mine from Jo Ann’s)
3. Hot glue gun & glue sticks
This tutorial is probably going to be pretty terrible since there wasn’t a lot of method to my madness here. Here’s hoping it helps someone, though!
1. Drape somewhere near the center of your fabric over the point of the hat.
2. Using a reference photo, begin arranging fabric with ripples that resemble the Sorting Hat, starting from the top.
3. As you get a look you like, hold the fabric the way you want it on the hat, lift up the fabric below where you are holding, and place some hot glue near the spot you are holding.
4. Press the fabric into the hot glue below where you want the fabric to bend, bubble, or drape a certain way.
5. Rinse and repeat these steps, gluing from the top down. Important features to place on your sorting hat include eyes (eyebrows?) and mouth.
6. Once the Sorting Hat’s face is glued, cut more fabric for use on the hat brim in the same manner.
7. When you have completely covered the hat, glue the fabric to the underside of the brim.
8. Place it on your head and BE SORTED! 😀
Here is my completed hat next to the reference photo I used while making it. I wish I had exaggerated the eyebrows a little bit more, but I’m happy with it for the 15 minutes it took me to make this. Have fun making your hats!