Love it! But not so much the price though, $96 ? Ouch. So of course I decided to make my own, and thought I would share the pattern.
NOTE: this pattern/tut is for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not sell tophats you make from this pattern. I took my idea from someone who is selling it, we should at least show her some respect by not competing with her.
If you make one of these, please please send me a picture! I would love to see what people come up with.
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Step 1: Stuff you need
* Thin cardboard. I used a cereal box, but a tissue or shoe box would work equally well.
* Fabric to cover your hat. I like damask, but you can use any thick wovens, upholstery fabric would work well here. If the fabric is too thin, your glue will show through.
* Hot glue/glue gun
* Glue for gluing your fabric to the cardboard. I used modge podge because I was too lazy to dig in the garage for my fabric glue, but that would work well also.
* Elastic, preferably in a color that blends with your hair. I used 1/4 inch, although I think next time I might go thinner since my ears hurt after wearing it for a while.
* Feathers/other decorations.
Transfer the pattern markings to cardboard. Piece A & C can go any direction. Piece B should be placed with the writing “this side top” on top. Meaning, don’t flip the pattern piece over so the writing on the pattern is face down when you trace it. You should trace 1 copy of each piece.
Mold your pieces. I found it was helpful to premold the cardboard a little before attaching the fabric to it. It caused less wrinkles in the fabric. I wet each piece quickly under a running facet and just molded it a bit with my hand into the desired final shape. I taped things temporarily with painters tape and waited until the pieces dried completely. This is important, otherwise as you try to glue all the pieces together, they can disintegrate.
Glue the fabric to cardboard pieces. Be careful to not get the glue on the outside of your fabric. Wait till everything dries.
Hot glue the solid tab of piece B to itself.
Carefully mold piece A into piece B, hot glueing the tabs to the inside (non-fabric side) of piece B. This is by far the hardest step, and where it really helps if you molded your pieces in step 4. The fit does not have to be perfect, as we will cover up most of the mistakes with trim later.
Take the piece of fabric you put aside in step 5, eyeball where the center circle is roughly. Make two small incisions inside the center circle for the elastic to go through.
Feed each end of the elastic through the incisions.
Cut out two small pieces of cardboard, and feed the ends of your elastic through that and knot it so it won’t slip out. I added in these pieces of cardboard because the point where the elastic attaches to the hat will suffer a lot stress since it’s stretched around the head. So larger surface area is needed for the glue to get a firm grip, otherwise you would just be gluing the knotted ends of the elastic to the hat.
Once the hot glue has dried, try out the whole contraption on your head. Make sure the elastic is secure enough as you really would rather fix it now than once you have done all the other steps.