How To Make A Mad Hatter Mini Top Hat ~ Tutorial

When planning my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland tea party birthday, I knew we couldn’t celebrate without fancy Mad Hatter top hats. I looked into buying them, too expensive, and I looked into making them with doll hats, but they didn’t look right. Finally, I grabbed the ‘ole hot glue gun and some felt to make my own mini top hats. The end result was both low-cost and adorable! Even better, they are super easy to make! Whether you need one for a costume or 20 for a party — you can make these!

Mini Top Hat Tutorial Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party


Step 1 – Prep and cut your pieces

Begin by cutting out all of your felt shapes. However many you are making, I recommend that you cut out all of your shapes at once. Then you can move on to assembly. You need three basic shapes, a rectangle (9 x 3 ins) and two circles (2.5 inch and 4 inch circles). To make perfect circles (well, as close as I can make them) I use a Fiskars Circle Template. I use the template all of the time, but in case you don’t have/want to get one, I created a template for the shapes I used.

Download my mini top hat template. (Adobe PDF file.)

DIY Mini Top Hat parts - Tutorial

Step 2 – Build the hat

Once you have your shapes, you are ready to assemble. Starting with the rectangle, you need to soften the felt to get it ready to roll into a circle. To do so, rub the rectangle along the edge of a table. This will break up the stiffened fibers, otherwise you will end up with a lumpy circle.

Next form a loop with the rectangle using the small circle as a guide as to how big to make the roll. Your roll should be just about the same size in diameter as the small circle. Hot glue the overlapping flap to form your roll. Set aside your roll to fully cool while you form your next roll.

Once your rolls are ready, it is time to attach them to the small circles. Run a small line of hot glue along the edge of the roll – make sure you get it a little bit to the inside. Place the small circle on top of the roll. If there are any edges that are not quite glued together, squeeze additional glue from the inside of the hat around the edge. But doing it from the inside, you will hide the extra glue.

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Step 3 – Attach the base to the headband

Before you attach the bigger circle to the hat, it needs to be attached to the headband. To do so start by  putting two slits about an inch apart in the middle of the circle. To do so, fold the circle in half and snip. The slits should be slightly longer than the width of your headband. Slide your headband through the slits and arrange the circle where you would like the top hat to sit. I made the girls’ hats sit slightly off center, and the hats for the boys straight up on top. Once you decide where you want the mini hat to sit, hot glue your headband to the big circle at the point where the headband goes across the felt circle from one slit to the other.

DIY Mini Top Hat Attached to Headband Tutorial

Step 4 – Assembly

After attaching the “brim” of the hat to the headband, attach the body of the hat to the brim. Just like when you put the top on to the roll, put a ring around the roll edge at slightly toward the inside of the roll and attach to the brim.

Ta-da! There’s the hat!

Step 5 – Decorate

You can decorate your hat in any way to match your party or personality, but here is how I decorated mine.

Start with a circle of tulle. Pinch the middle of the circle, and gather the tulle into a clump. To keep the tulle gathered, use your thread to tie off the gathered tulle. I found the circles to be slightly too tall when gathered, so I snipped off a small portion under where I tied off the tulle. Then glue the tulle in place on your hat.

DIY Mini Top Hat Tulle Decoration Tutorial

Next I hot glued the ribbon around the base of the hat over the gathered tulle. I found it best to have the ribbon overlap right at the point where the tulle sits.

Finally, I added a large gemstone with hot glue to the front for a little bling!

There you have it, a perfect mini top hat fit for a Mad Hatter Tea Party.

Stay tuned for ideas for decorations, food, invitations, activities and more for an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party.

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15 thoughts on “How To Make A Mad Hatter Mini Top Hat ~ Tutorial”

  1. I love this idea but could not get the download to work? Is there a trick for it…I can see the link on your minnie mouse ear tutorial but the link doesn’t activate on this page. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  2. I just made one of these to wear to an Alice in Wonderland inspired bridal shower. I’m not crafty at all, but it turned out really well. I used striped ribbon and added playing cards on one side with the card numbers spelling out the wedding date. Thanks for your video tutorial!

    • Hey Kellie – Thanks for making my day letting me know that you were able to use my tutorial to create your mini top hats. I am sure you all looked fabulous! 🙂

  3. My daughter is having a tea party in two weeks and we are going to be creating mini top hats! thanks for the tutorial!!!!!!!

  4. Hello!
    I was here the other day, and I saw the pdf to a another page where you had different sizes, and I cant find that now. I wanted to make these hats without buying the fiskers thing as im trying to make them now.


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