How to make a fez

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How to make a fez
Construct a fancy dress fez out of felt and a tassle. (ramzihachicho/iStock/Getty Images)

Made famous by comedian Tommy Cooper and monkeys holding tin cups, the fez is a distinctive-looking hat that usually has a tassel on top. A fez is shaped like a cone with its pointy end cut off. Once you learn how to make a fez, you can make one for all of your friends.

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Things you need

  • 12.5 cm (5 inch) square felt
  • 17.5 cm (7 inch) rectangle felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Small tassel

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  1. 1

    Cut the top of the hat from the felt square. The top should be a circle. Although head sizes differ, a 10 cm (4 inch) diameter is usually sufficient for the top of the hat.

  2. 2

    Cut the body of the hat from a rectangle of felt. You want to end up with a curved rectangle of felt. Make sure one part of the curve is the circumference of the circle you made earlier. The sides of the curved rectangle should be about 10 cm (4 inches), the height of the fez.

  3. 3

    Wrap the curved rectangle of felt around your head to make sure it fits. Pin the loose sides together so that the fez sits securely on your head.

  4. 4

    Sew the loose sides of the fez together using a needle and thread. Leave a 6 mm (1/4 inch) portion unsewn at the top. You will use this to attach the body of the fez to its top.

  5. 5

    Turn the body of the fez inside out, and pin the remaining 6 mm (1/4 inch) portion to the circle that will be the top of the fez. You might need to snip the top 6 mm (1/4 inch) in a few places, so that you can sew it smoothly to the circle. Sew the two pieces together.

  6. 6

    Sew the tassel to the center of the circular top of the fez.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with the proportions of your fez. Some fez-makers say that the height of the fez should be one quarter the circumference of your head.

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