It doesn't matter if you are a child or an adult: Putting on a Mickey Mouse hat can bring back nostalgic memories and put you in the mood for lots of fun. Even more fun is making your own hat and deciding what buttons or patches you would like to use for showing your loyalty to Mickey. Construct a couple of hats and make it a family affair.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Flexible tape measure
- 2 yards black felt
- Sewing kit
- Black poster board
- Coloured construction paper
Measure the head of the person who will be wearing the hat. Take a tape measure and stretch the tape around the widest part of the head. This is usually the area just above the eyebrows.
Lay felt cloth on a hard surface. Half the measurement in Step 1 and use this number to measure out two squares with all sides equal to that measurement. For example, if the original measurement was 14 inches, make two felt squares that are 7 inches long and 7 inches wide.
Cut the squares out of the material. Take a compass and put the compass needle in the centre of the cloth, and trace a circle on each. Tie a piece of chalk with a sharp drawing edge onto the compass so that your line is more visible.
Measure across each circle at its centre and cut a straight line across the centre to make semicircles. Take two semicircles and place them flush on top of each other. Glue and let dry or sew the round edges together to form the hat. Leave the straight edges of the semicircles alone.
Cut two holes in your newly made fabric hat. The cuts should be along the rounded edge and positioned where the ear will be placed. It's a good idea to fit the hat on the person who will be wearing it to see the best placement for the holes.
Turn the hat right side out so that the glue or sewing seam is on the inside. Be careful when you do this as you can tear the felt if you are not careful. If you have glued the edges, it will take a day before the glue is firmly set.
Measure the approximate width of the ear holes in the hat and draw mouse ears on the black construction paper to that width. Make sure that you have chosen somewhat sturdy paper. The style of paper is up to you, but keep in mind that your hat will last longer if you choose thicker paper.
Cut the ears out of the cardboard and poke them through the ear holes in the hat. Glue or staple them to the felt. Make sure that they are as erect as possible. You may want to colour a Popsicle stick black and glue it the back of the ear for extra sturdiness.
Glue red or coloured strips around the edge of the hat for a nice flourish. If you have it handy, attach a Mickey Mouse patch or button to the front of the hat. Keep your extra material for extra hats and patch jobs.
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