Introduction: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Hat + Pattern

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I needed an "elf" hat for this upcoming holiday season, and I thought to myself, "why not make it multifunctional?" So, not only can you use this toasty warm hat as an elf, but you can use it as Link from The Legend of Zelda, because it's based off his.

The whole process, from design to creation, took me 3 hours.

Step 1: Materials and Pattern

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The pattern is attached in PDFs below, and it should be pretty easy to print out and assemble. It's bigger than an 8 1/2 by 11 page of paper, so there are corresponding letters which line up to the different pieces you'll need to tape together.

The only other thing you'll need to take note of is the large triangle piece, which technically needs to be twice as large when you cut out a the fleece.

For materials:
  • 1 yard of fleece (Fabric NEEDS to be stretchy)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Appropriate colored thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
Note: Sizing
If you find yourself having an abnormally sized head, you may want to change the size of the pattern, so the hat doesn't fit too tight/loose. I have a 22 and 1/2 inch head, and that corresponds to the smallest side of the main triangle being 12 inches long (x2 which makes it 24 inches), and once that get's sewn together with the seam the hat size goes back down to about 23 inches. So, if you find yourself with a need to make the hat bigger/smaller, change the size of the smallest side of the triangle accordingly, and change the length of the "brim" rectangle to match.

Step 2: Cut Out the Pieces

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Once you have the pattern cut out and assembled, lay it out on the fleece. When you cut out the main pieces for the hat, you'll need to flip the pattern on the straight side to complete the piece. It's explained very easily through the pictures.

Cut out two of the main hat pieces, and then find some room to cut out the "brim" rectangle.

Step 3: Pin and Sew Main Body

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Fold the main hat piece in half symmetrically, and pin it along the long side. Do the same for the other main hat piece. Once you the have them both thoroughly pinned, sew along the long side.

Step 4: Attaching the Brim

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Start by folding the hat "brim" rectangle in half so the two shortest pieces meet. Pin and sew the short side.

Next, we need to pin the "brim" rectangle to one of the main hat pieces. I did this by flipping the "brim" rectangle, so it was right side out, then placed it inside the (inside out) main hat piece. Be sure to line up the seams when you place it inside. Once you arrange both of the edges, pin around the circle, and sew it.

Take the other main hat piece and flip it, so it's right side out. We'll be placing it inside the other piece which we just attached the brim to. Line up the seams so they're on the same side, and pin the remaining main hat piece to the only edge left on the "brim" rectangle. When sew this part you need to be sure to leave about a 2 inch gap, so we can flip the entire hat right side out when it's done.

Step 5: Finishing

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Pull the entire hat through the tiny hole we left. Sew the remaining hole closed with a ladder stitch.

To complete the hat you'll need to push half of the hat into the other half.

Step 6: Warm and Fuzzy!

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You're all ready to take on the evil Ganondorf, rescue Princess Zelda, save the world, etc.


AluraDankk (author)2012-09-10

So, I totally made this today, and I am super proud of myself! ^_^ I just wanted to say Thank you for posting this super easy, and super awesome Instructable! I did however take @Puddintane's advice and I folded the fleece when I cut the pattern for the big triangle pieces. This is so easy, though. I'm so glad to see guys out there who have a knack for needle and thread...Pretty awesome :D
I thought I 'd show off a picture of mine, It's a bit darker.
Anyways, Thanks again for an easy to follow and nerd-gasmic Instructable. I hope you win the contest

Nice job!

Disnarda made it! (author)2017-03-18

I forgot to take into account the direction in which the fleece stretches! But at least, the size was enough for my toddler. Thanks for this!

rafaelmaier_ made it! (author)2016-11-09

there we go :D

sing1ejack made it! (author)2016-10-31

I made a "dark link" version of this hat for halloween this year. I added some grey trim and a bit of contrasting lace, but I think the best addition was backing the two panels with some thin 1/8" fleece interlacing (the white pieces in the first photo). This gives it some good structure (see the second photo).

Thanks for the pattern - it printed & pieced together very easily. In the end it was about 40% wider than I needed it to be so people building this in the future might save themselves a bit of fabric by measuring their heads and modifying the pattern accordingly.

Shizuzeru (author)2015-11-20

What does "8 1/2 by 11 page of paper" Means i have A4 paper's... and not sure how or what to change to in the printer..... :( Please help ;_;

Gamerman809 (author)2015-11-16

nice N64 ;-)

Bosonic made it! (author)2015-10-31

I have not done much sewing as far as making something from fabric, and this was a fairly simple. I hand-sewed this and it took about 4 hours. The hat was surprisingly comfortable and cozy. I think it turned out very well! Good instructions.

8thMain (author)2015-10-29

Thanks for the tutorial! I needed a hat pattern to finish my son's Link costume for Halloween. I ended up using brown flannel for the liner, added some grommets on both sides and wove some brown leather straps through the grommets. Perfect!

ShayN2 (author)2015-10-28

Thank you so much, this is perfect for my friend's Dark Link cosplay!! :D

-Lacey- (author)2015-09-29

Can I knit a hat like Links ?

NakedS (author)2015-09-22

I can't wait to make this for my Fierce Deity cosplay.

sisteroftheflame (author)2013-04-10

Hiya there. I'm gonna cosplay Link next month for a con and I really was wanting to use this pattern, but you said it needs to be made out of stretchy material and I need it to be made out of light weight cotton (so I don't die from the oncoming summer heat). So my question is how do you think I could alter the pattern to make it work for the material I'm using?

Heya, sorry this is like a year too late but I had the same problem and I found it worked to just extend the pattern by about 8 inches which I just added on to the paper pattern. Make sure if you do that to make it three inches wider for every 4 inches you add in length though. You can then fold over any extra fabric to make it the right size.

I also added grommets with cord running through them so that I can adjust the size.

Hope this helps if not you someone else!

Tough to say...

I personally haven't made it with a cotton material, so it may end up being trial and error on your part. Your best bet may be to make up your own pattern based on my own, but keep it a few inches larger, and intermittently try it on while you start sewing it together.

The most important things to make longer are the band and the bottom of the main sections.

Sorry I couldn't be of much help. Good luck!

leelee.susie made it! (author)2015-02-07

made one for my son and next another for my daughter so easy! thanks so much

compwalla (author)2014-10-31

Another fabric suggestion is cotton jersey. This is more like t-shirt material and would work well if you wanted a hat that wasn't quite as warm but still has the stretch you need to make the design work. What are the rough dimensions of the pieces? Like the triangle pattern is twelve inches across the bottom but how many inches from base to tip?

JackB4 (author)2014-09-29

I gotta try this. My cousin started me on Zelda and it sorta snowballed.

JackB4 (author)2014-09-29

I gotta try this. My cousin started me on Zelda and it sorta snowballed.

Lucas Hallman (author)2014-03-26

Cosplaying Blue Link, This is so... yes.

Banderz made it! (author)2014-01-30

I got a sewing machine for the holidays and I've been slightly terrified of sewing my fingers together, but I eventually cowgirl'd up and decided to try it out. This was the very first thing I made on it using some fabrics I up-cycled from an old snuggy I had laying around to use as a 'tester'. The instructions were amazingly simple to follow and I have tons of friends asking me to make copies for them! My roomie was kind enough to let me her head as a starter!

LegoBrickMaster7 (author)Banderz2014-02-16

Nicely done!

coolalvaro39 (author)2013-11-29

I meant like a boss

coolalvaro39 (author)2013-11-29

Omg I'm going to look like a b

pattyc2013 (author)2013-10-30

Thank you for posting this!! My 9 yr. old son is going to be Link for Halloween tomorrow and this was the last item I needed for his costume. It is the icing on the cake!! He was sooo very excited for me to make this and it was very simple to make. My son even helped with assembling the pattern pieces together like a puzzle. Thank you again!!! :)

Awesome! I'm glad I could help, and I hope he had a wonderful Halloween!

skilgore1 (author)2013-09-29

Thank you for the help!

skilgore1 (author)2013-09-28

Where you get to the tiny hole thing.

Hmm... When we start sewing together the hat, it is actually inside out. When the product is finished the seams will be hidden. This is accomplished through the little hole that seems to be giving you trouble.

You need to leave a gap (or hole) when you're sewing the last section together. Once you have the pieces attached, with the gap, you will flip the had inside out. Very similar to flipping a shirt inside out, but through a much smaller hole.

There's a good chance you'll really have to shove the fabric through, and it doesn't seem like the right thing to do, but it is. When you're done the seams should be on the inside, and what you have resembles a weird double ended cone.

Hope that helps. Let me know if something more specific needs clarification.

Good luck!

skilgore1 (author)2013-09-28

I am so confused about half way through. Any help?

What step are you stuck on, specifically?

16lundgcodm (author)2013-05-04

Finish my first one, but it's screwed up, so i'm making another. It looks bigger in real life.

Hero-Of-Hyrule (author)2013-05-01

OMG. thanks, mate. i made this last night & i'm beyond happy. :D
^-^ I've been wanting one for years, and almost bought one offline, but then i saw this. c:
thanks, man.

Enchantrix (author)2013-03-10

My head is 12.5 inches like yours so I printed the pattern and had a go at making this for an upcoming fancy dress party. I only had green cotton fabric though and the end result wont fit on my head because it's too small. For anyone making this, STRETCHY fabric seems essential.

Sorry about that... I'll be sure to add that into the materials step so no one else makes the same mistake.

Again, my apologies.

ecksfiles (author)2012-10-30

Just wanted to say thanks for the great pattern and tutorial. My son is going to be Link tomorrow for Halloween. We have an old green santa hat, I had cut the fur and pom pom off of, and he was so disappointed with the outcome (apparenty santa hats are not quite long enough). It was too late to order anything online and your site saved the day. Fabric is all cut, now just ready to sew,but wanted to say "thanks" from me and Brady

Glenda45 (author)2012-10-12

I'm going to try this out this weekend. My son is 8 and wants to go to the school halloween disco as Shadow Link. Great up to a point, but I've been really stuck about the hat, so finding these instructions could save Halloween for the boy.

I hope it turns out well! Good luck!

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-12-29

I love this idea!!!!

Zelda was, is & always will be my fav game character...I wish I knew where to get a PC version of the game....I'd play it all day! LOL

HMice (author)SIRJAMES092012-03-20

Which Zelda game? Because I have an emulator for DS and I can play spirit tracks!
Also, the other one I have is OoT on project 64

puddintane (author)2012-01-08

Alex, Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing this. I just picked up some fleece a few days ago from a fabric shop because it was an unbeatable price. Made a blanket out of one piece and a scarf out of the other. Then had no idea what to do with the funky green piece I had until I saw your tutorial!!! My son loves the Zelda games and of course, Link is his made the hat last night and it turned out great. I told him about it over the phone and he is excited about it. He's a college student too.

Also...I sew a lot...just a note about your tutorial....where you have to cut out the big might want to add to cut that on the fold of the fabric for ease of understanding to others that are planning on making this.

Have a great day!!!

Ah yes... that makes more sense. I'll try to get around to changing that when I get some free time this week. Thanks for the helpful comment!

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-12-29


TY Sir for sharing!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-12-10

Very awesome hat!

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