How to Make a Damsel Hat

Updated April 17, 2017

Tap into your creativity and prepare for the next Renaissance fair or Halloween party by constructing your own damsel hat. You don't need to be a master seamstress to create this hat; in fact, you don't need to sew a single stitch. Spend some crafty bonding time with your daughter helping her make her own damsel hat to use during playtime.

Measure around your head with a tape measure. Multiply your head's circumference by 4, and divide that number by 6.28. Draw a quarter circle on a sheet of poster board with this radius. For example, if your head circumference is 22 inches, multiply that by 4, which gives you 88. Divide that by 6.28 to arrive at 14 inches for the radius of the quarter circle.

Cut out the quarter circle. Snip the top inch from the corner of the quarter circle. Trace the poster-board piece on the wrong side of your fabric with tailor's chalk, adding 1/2 inch all the way around. Cut out the fabric piece.

Spray 1 side of the poster-board piece with spray adhesive. Smooth the fabric centred over the poster board. Let the adhesive dry for 20 minutes. Fold the extra 1/2 inch of fabric over to the other side of the poster board, and secure it in place with hot glue. Let the glue cool for 2 minutes.

Overlap the straight edges by 1/2 inch to form a cone. Secure them with hot glue. Let the glue cool for 2 minutes.

Cut a 24- by 6-inch piece of tulle and three 24-inch lengths of ribbon. Line up the ends of the ribbon and tulle. Knot them together at one end. Thread the other end of the ribbon and tulle through the small opening at the top of the hat. Use a small dot of hot glue to secure the knot to the inside of the hat.


Use spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area. All hot glue gun work should be done by an adult. Avoid touching the hot glue and the tip of the gun to avoid burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Poster board
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cotton fabric
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1/4 yard tulle
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
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About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.