Make Your Own Sorting Hat Decoration

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!




6 comments for “Make Your Own Sorting Hat Decoration

  1. October 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Love this and excited for the party!!

    • October 23, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Thanks! I’m excited too – wish I’d left myself more time to enjoy the planning and crafting, but it will still be fun.

  2. October 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I feel like I should have read at least one Harry Potter book so I will understand the references at your party!

    • October 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      True story. Want to borrow some DVDs? They are good and probably faster than the books …

  3. Donata
    October 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    The only way I can think of to have that “face” look… would have been to have hot glued one of those cheap masks from Michael’s underneath the fabric& then mold around that. But you did great. Can’t wait to see the rest of the items.

    • October 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thats an idea i did not think of – sounds like a good one though!


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