I keep wondering when I’ll be making a princess dress for Halloween, but I guess I’ll be waiting at least another year! Lola has been very certain that she wants to be a witch, so I took full advantage of the chance to make her a fun witch costume, and I’m also sharing a free toddler girl’s witch hat pattern with you today so you can make your own!
First, let’s talk about the dress. I made a Polly Peasant Dress, with just a few changes.
I added a lace overlay to all of the dress pieces. When sewing, I just treated them as one piece with the cotton below, and I cut them a bit longer than the cotton. Because of this, I had to hem the cotton sleeves and bottom hem before sewing the side seams, but other than that I didn’t have to make any other adjustments for the lace – the cotton and lace sewed together really nicely, and I love how they look together! Both the cotton and lace were found at Jo-Ann.
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I also love that the lace has a scalloped border, just like one of the options in the Polly Peasant Dress pattern – but I didn’t have to do any extra work!
The sleeves also needed to be lengthened, so I used a well-fitting shirt of Lola’s to measure since she was in bed. And luckily they turned out just right!
On the sleeves and bodice, I used bias tape to create elastic casings and give the dress some extra shape. I wanted the sleeves to bell out a bit, and the elastic (I always buy my elastic in huge rolls – it so much more cost effective than small packages!) helped to do just that.
Lola has also been very specific that she wants to be a scary witch, not a nice witch. We are still working on the “acting scary instead of acting scared” part, hehe…
And the witch hat! Why are they so cute on little girls?! It took some figuring and math to get the dimensions and pattern made, but once I did, the hat came together much quicker than I imagined, and fits Lola’s 20″ head circumference perfectly.
Let’s get to the hat tutorial and free pattern so you can make your own!
How To Make a Witch Hat – Free Pattern!
felt – the thicker and stiffer the better – I used 2/3yd of 72″ wide Premium felt from Jo-Ann, which will leave you with plenty extra in width for another hat or your next project :)
optional: ribbon, elastic, etc, if hat ties are desired
optional: thin wire or narrow flexible plastic tubing for hat brim (picture hanging wire or narrow plastic tubing (affiliate links) would work well)
Click HERE to download FREE WITCH HAT PATTERN PIECES. Print the pages at 100%, and ensure that the 2″ test square is measuring correctly. Assemble the 6 pattern pages by following the diagram below.
Note: This pattern is sized to fit a 20″ head circumference, and will likely fit most 2-4 year olds. I recommend measuring your child’s head before beginning.
If you would like to make this pattern for a larger or smaller head circumference, here’s some tips to keep in mind…
The pattern has 1/4″ seam allowance. For the brim and crown to fit together properly, you will first need to take out the seam allowance along the inner brim curve and along all side of the hat crown. Then you can make your adjustments, keeping in mind that (without seam allowance) the inner half-circle of the brim should always equal half of the length of the crown bottom curve. Once you’ve adjusted the size of those curves accordingly, you can add the 1/4″ seam allowance back to the pieces and the stitch lines will fit together perfectly as you sew!
Let’s get sewing!
First, sew straight edges of hat crown together, matching raw edges, and forming a cone.
Use chalk or pins to mark inner curve of brim and bottom curve of crown in quarters. RST, stitch brim to crown, matching quarter marks. The brim curve will need to stretch slightly to fit the crown curve.
If you’d like the brim to be quite stiff or shaped, you can leave a 1-2″ opening, and insert thin wire or plastic tubing through the outer circumference of the brim. Secure the ends of the wire or tubing together (my wire was a bit sharp so I used Duck tape to pad the two ends and keep them together), and stitch the opening closed!
And just like that, POOF! You are done!
You can add lace, ribbon, or some spooky embelishments to the hat to personalize it however you’d like! I cut a strip of lace from the dress fabric, tied it in a bow, and hand stitched it onto the hat.