Argh…are you a pirate at heart? Do you dream of pieces of eight and adventure on the seven seas? Well listen up scurvy dogs! Just in time for Halloween or some fun dramatic play, here is an easy sew or no-sew felt pirate hat tutorial that even little buccaneers can make in minutes.
Pirate Hat and Eyepatch Tutorial
4” x 4” piece of white or cream wool felt
15” x 15” piece of black wool felt
Two packages of white or cream embroidery floss (optional)
Fabric glue (optional)
Black elastic string or elastic thread
Piece of chalk or a fabric marker
Start by printing out the template. Cut out template pieces. Using a fabric marker or piece of chalk, trace the pirate hat pattern onto the black piece of felt. Carefully cut out the felt.
Trace the Jolly Roger onto the cream felt and cut out. A single‐hole punch makes cutting the eye sockets very simple. To make them oblong, punch one and a half circles per eye socket. For the nose cavity, punch a single hole, then fold the Jolly Roger in half.
Cutting the top of the nose hole at a slight angle with a pair of scissors (as demonstrated above) will create a teardrop shape. Attach the Jolly Roger to the hat, in the center of the top half, as indicated on pattern piece.
Please note that we will want this hat to open up. If you choose to sew, remember not to sew through both pieces of fabric; sew the top half piece only.
Next we will prepare for cutting a slit in the middle of the hat. This slit will become the bottom of the hat. The snugness of the fit is what holds the hat on, so measuring before cutting is key.
You can get the perfect fit by measuring your child’s head circumference first, dividing that measurement by two, and subtracting about an inch. This measurement will probably be too tight, but it will give you a good starting point. Once the slit is cut, fold the hat in half and try the hat on your child; cut a little longer until you have the perfect fit.
Now fold the hat in half, bottom to top. Glue or sew the edges (marked on pattern as glue/sew line). If gluing, the glue will go on the inside of the hat. If you have chosen to make a decorative blanket stitch around the entire cap, remember that you will want to sew both pieces of fabric together only at the indicated glue/sew markings on the pattern, so that the hat can open at the top and bottom.
Now it is time to make the eye patch. Using the template cut out the eye patch piece. Place the pattern piece onto the black piece of felt, and trace with chalk or fabric marker. Carefully cut out the felt. Using the single‐hole punch, cut out two holes as marked on the pattern. If you would like to make a decorative blanket stitch around edges, do so now.
Double the elastic and thread the elastic through the holes. Check for fit around the child’s head and tie a knot at the end of elastic.
Now you are officially equipped for swash buckling and sailing the seven seas in style! If you would like to make the pirate dress pictured or a pirate tunic, a tutorial can be found at my blog.
Jessica Edmonds spends most of her days playing pirates and having adventures with her two little ones. She has won national awards for her work with children. She is a child development specialist, a Waldorf educator, and a writer. She records her musings and crafts at Moonbeams and Applesauce.