How to Make a Pharaoh Hat Out of a Towel

Updated April 17, 2017

Pharaoh, a term originally used for the royal Egyptian palace, became the title given to the Egyptian king during the 18th dynasty. The Egyptian people believed their pharaohs served as middle men between them and the gods. These divine rulers sported a cloth head covering called a nemes. Walk like an Egyptian king for Halloween with a homemade nemes fashioned from a bath towel.

Measure the circumference of your head just above your ears.

Lay your towel out on your work surface oriented horizontally. Fold the left edge over to the right edge.

Measure out from the folded edge half your head's circumference. Draw a 3-inch vertical line from the bottom edge up at that point.

Draw a perpendicular line from the top of the 3-inch line to the edge of the towel opposite the folded edge.

Cut both layers of the towel along the two lines.

Sew the two layers of the towel together along the 3-inch edge as close to the edge as possible with a zigzag stitch.

Put the towel on with the seam at the back of your head, and flip the flap of the hat back. Some of the flap will fall to the sides of your head and the rest will cover the back of your head.


Use a striped towel to achieve the striped pharaoh's hat you see in many textbooks.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Bath towel
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
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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.