Hats are essential for finishing up the look of a scarecrow. Whether you are using the hat to finish off a real scarecrow or dressing up as one for Halloween or another dress-up event, make a quick simple hat. Squashed stovepipe hats are very simple to make, as are floppy hats. Use older looking fabric or an old burlap sack to create a realistic hat for your scarecrow.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Fabric or burlap
- Sewing machine
- Ribbon or straw
Measure the circumference of the head the hat will be sitting on, whether real or fake.
Cut a rectangle piece of fabric the width of the head measurement. The height should be how tall you want the hat to be.
Fold the fabric in half width wise with the right sides together; pin it together along the cut edges. It should now be half the width of the head measurement. Sew along the one long cut edge; leave the top and bottom unsewn.
Turn the piece right side out. This is the top part of the hat.
Cut out a circle from the same fabric. The circle should be several inches wider than the circumference of the head measurement. Cut a circle out of the middle of the circle for the head to fit inside; save this piece.
Pin the brim to the top hat portion; pin the circle you cut out of the middle to the other open end of the top hat. Sew together using a 1/4-inch seam.
Put the hat on the head; you can leave it sticking straight up, or crunch it down a little.
Cut out four triangles from burlap or another fabric. The triangles should be long enough to reach from the crown of the scarecrow's head to the place on the face or back of the head you want the hat to sit.
Pin the triangles together along the long edges, wrong sides facing each other. Sew, using a 1/4-inch seam. The hat will come to a point at the top, but when you turn it right side out, it won't be as pointy.
Turn the hat right side out and place it on the head.
Tips and warnings
- Add ribbon or straw to your hat to make it look more authentic.