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

Written by pamela martin
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you 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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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the fabric right side down on your ironing board.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Iron the fabric and interfacing to fuse them.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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