How to Make a Medieval Cone Headdress for a Children's Costume

Updated February 21, 2017

Playing dress-up is a cherished childhood game for many little girls, and medieval costumes can make almost any girl feel like a princess. Mom's skirt and a pretty blouse will work for a dress, but a special headdress is the finishing touch for a one-of-a-kind costume.

Place the fabric right side down on your ironing board.

Place the interfacing on top of the fabric's wrong side with the fusible surface touching the fabric.

Iron the fabric and interfacing to fuse them.

Cut the fused fabrics into a half circle with an 11-inch radius.

Roll the fabric until the top forms a closed point and the open end fits your child's head.

Hold the open edge together with the paper clips while you trim away any excess fabric, leaving a 1/2-inch overlap.

Open the cone and glue five to seven 18-inch lengths of ribbon where the closed point formed. Allow to dry completely.

Roll the fabric back into the cone shape and glue the edges together.

Glue cording, beads or other embellishments around the headdress opening or on the ribbons, as desired.


Replace the ribbons with chiffon scarves for a more "floaty" look. For a sturdier headdress, use fusible web to adhere the fabric to poster board. Roll and trim the new material to form the cone.


The fabric cone is easily bent. Store the headdress on a foam craft cone to preserve and display it.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard satin fabric (or any fabric of your choice)
  • Heavy fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Paper clips
  • Craft or hot glue
  • Embellishments
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Pamela Martin has been writing since 1979. She has written newsletter articles and curricula-related materials. She also writes about teaching and crafts. Martin was an American Society of Newspaper Editors High School Journalism Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in curriculum/instruction from the University of Missouri.