A hat adds to the fun of St. Patrick's Day.
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St. Patrick's Day is about everything Irish, from green to shamrocks and Guinness. Instead of throwing on the same old green shirt or green baseball hat, learn how to make a festive top hat to liven up the festivities. It's a fun activity to do as a family, and great for kids to decorate.
Purchase the square sheets of stiff green or green and white felt. Get about 10 for a large hat. Purchase any extra felt in additional colors to make decorations like shamrocks. Replace one or two green sheets of felt with white sheets to make a two-tone hat.
Measure your head, or the head of the hat wearer. Lay two pieces of green felt side by side and glue them together along the adjoining edge. Add squares sideways, joining with hot glue, until you reach the desired measurement. Add a white sheet in the middle of two green sheets for a white front panel. Make the glue invisible by overlapping the felt squares. Wrap the joined felt around your head for sizing. Trim excess width and height. Glue the felt in a circle, and allow it to dry. This is the body of your hat.
Sit the body of your hat on top of one of your squares of felt. Trace a circle about 2 inches wider than the body to make the outline of your brim. Trace the body to know where the brim will meet the hat. Join together felt squares if your brim requires extra width. Cut the brim out of the felt and invert it so your pencil line (representing the body of your hat) is facing down. Glue your hat's body to the brim with hot glue. Wait until it is dry, and invert. Use the pencil lines to cut the center out of the brim, making the hole for your head.
Place your hat upside down on another square of felt to make the top of the hat. Use hot glue to secure the top to the square. Allow it to dry. Trim all felt away until the top is exactly the size of your hat's body.
Trim away excess glue with scissors. Use additional fabric, ribbons or shapes to decorate the hat and cover seams. Make shamrock shapes or write messages in fabric pens.