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Make Miniature Hats for Dolls or Decorations

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The miniatures site has a wide range of tutorials for making hats which are linked to the photos and descriptions below. You can make them sized to fit a doll, or use them as items for dolls house shops, or party or cake decorations. Some of the hats on this list require only paper, others a minimum of materials to make.

1. Make Printable Miniature Paper or Fabric Hats With Brims

Wide brimmed paper hat with pansies worn by a doll house doll with an elaborate Victorian hairstyle.
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.
Made from paper or printable fabric sheets, these printable brimmed hats fit a range of miniature doll scales. If you wish, you can use the printable parts as templates to assemble a brimmed hat from your choice of fabrics or decorative papers.

2. Cowboy Hats

Miniature felt cowboy hat with a leather hatband in 1:12 scale.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

The felt stetson or cowboy hat tutorial explains how to shape felt to make the traditional creases. The trick here is to make a hat form that fits your doll's head so your hat will have the right proportions.

3. Tricornes for a Pirate or Revolutionary

A tiny cockade made from paper decorates a dolls house scale tricorne hat.
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Equally fashionable for ladies or men, the felt based tricorne is a simple hat to make. Dress these up with feathers, cockades or tiny beads for a range of styles.

4. Puritan Hat, Fez, or Leprechaun's Hat

Capotain felt hat, Puritan or Pilgram hat, made from felt in a size for a dolls house doll.
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Made from felt, these miniature hats with conical crowns can be adapted for a range of different styles and periods of men's or women's hats. They make great decorations for Thanksgiving, or can be made in green felt for St. Patrick's day.

Without the wide brim, the instructions can be used to make military Shakos or a traditional Fez.

5. Printable Chef's Hat or Touque

A printable miniature apron and chef's toque on a dolls house scale doll.
Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

This Chef's hat and apron can be printed from paper or fabric, or you can use the printables as templates for your choice of materials. These can be made to fit a range of doll scales.

6. Woven Garden Hat

Miniature woven garden hat on a dollhouse scale ball joint doll.
Photo © 2013 Lesley Shepherd

The hat shown here was woven from garden raffia, but you can weave it from any fiber, flat threads, grass, fine ribbon, or paper strips. The Woven Garden Hat can be left alone or decorated with ribbons, feathers or other trims. It is shaped to any size over a custom hat form made from a roll of paper.

7. Printable Witch's Hat

Three witches in dolls house scales, made with printable costumes and fabric costumes.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

While some witches are shown in 'capotains' or pilgrim's hats, others favor the pointed hat made from various materials. The printable witches hat tutorial includes a printable dress, as well as printable hands and heads to make easy witches. If you want to use fabric to make your witches' hats, use the printable files as a template.

8. Santa or Elf Hats

Santa hat and elf hat handsewn from stretch velvet for  1:12 and 1:24 scale dolls.
Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

These instructions allow you to make all kinds of traditional caps or touques, for miniature elves, or as sleeping caps for long winter nights or snoring in front of a fire. For fairies and elves, leave off the 'fur' trim of the traditional Santa hat.

9. Make Printable Miniature Graduation Caps or Mortarboards

A three inch bear and a 1:12 scale doll wearing graduation caps / mortar boards for graduation.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

If you have a graduate to honor, make these printable mortarboards or graduation caps. The hats make great decorations for a graduation party, or you can add them to a miniature bear for a mascot.

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