Get in the Spirit With This DIY Santa Hat

Crafts with Ellen
by Crafts with Ellen
9 Materials
2 Hours

I really love wearing a Santa hat on Christmas, but it’s sometimes a little hard to find a nice one in the store. I took things into my own hands and decided to DIY and fun and festive Santa hat to rock this Christmas!

Tools and materials:

  • Hat fabric
  • Fur fabric
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Pins/clips
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
Make a Santa hat

Measure your head 

To start off, I measured my head so that the hat would fit perfectly. Mine came to 59cm (23 inches) 

Measure the fabric

Measure the fabric 

I then marked half that length on the fabric and added 1.5 cm (0.6 inches) of seam allowance to each side. 

How to sew a Santa hat

Next, I had to decide on the length of my hat. I’m a big fan of the long Scandinavian Santa hats so I made mine 80 cm (31 inches) long. I marked the length in the middle of the piece and then cut the material. 

Cut the fabric

Cut the fabric 

I then used the cut piece as a template to cut the other side of the hat. 

Sew a Santa hat

Sew the hat 

I placed the two pieces, right sides together, and pinned them together. 

Sew a straight stitch

Then, I sewed a long straight stitch along each side.

DIY Santa hat

I trimmed the seam allowance around the top so that it wouldn’t get in the way when I turned it right side out. 

Measure the width

Attach a headband 

Quality looking fake fur can be pretty pricey. Luckily I found this seat cushion that had enough fabric to cover the hat. I marked the width on the headband which was half my head measurement plus seam allowance. I made these fur pieces as tall as possible. 

Homemade Santa hat

I then used an Exacto knife to cut the fur. Cutting fur with scissors is a bit risky so I decided it was better to use the Exacto knife. 

Pin the sides

I made sure the fur was falling the same way on both pieces. I pinned the edges, right sides together, and sewed the two pieces to create a headband. 

Fold the edge

Next, I folded the edge over and held it down with clips. I moved back to my sewing machine to sew down the fold. I added a line of topstitching to keep the fur sitting nicely. 

Place inside the hat

I placed the headband inside of the hat with the right side of the fur facing the wrong side of the hat.

Sew all the way around

I then sewed all the way around to attach the headband. 

Draw a circle

Add a fur pom pom 

All that was missing was the little pompom. I cut a circle out of the fur using an Exacto knife.

Stitch around the circle

Using a needle and thread, I made rough stitches all around the circle. 

Homemade Santa hat

I pulled the thread tight and tied a knot creating a furball. 

Hand sew onto the hat

I stitched the fur ball onto the end of that hat with some basic stitches. 

Trim the fur

Add the finishing touches 

I thought the fur was just a bit too long so I gave it a quick trim. 

Sew on a label

Lastly, I sewed on my label. 

Easy Santa hat

There you have it! A quick and easy Santa hat! What other DIY Christmas projects are you doing? Let me know in the comments! 


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