St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and Santa Claus: That jolly old man has a plethora of names. Regardless of the name he goes by in your house, his red-and-white hat has become synonymous with the Christmas season. Making a Santa hat for holiday festivities is an easy project requiring moderate sewing-machine skills. You can create this Santa hat in about a half-hour at home with your sewing machine. Use the pattern provided and enlarge it on your computer, or use a triangle according to the listed measurements to make your Santa hat.
Things You'll Need
Red plush craft fur or velvet triangle, 13 inches long by 22 inches wide
White plush craft fur rectangle, 22 inches long by 4 inches wide
White craft pom-pom, large, 3/4 inch in diameter
Glue gun and glue sticks
Spread the red craft fur triangle flat on a table with the plush fur side facing the table and the underside of the fabric facing you.
Place the strip of white craft fur with the underside facing you on top of the bottom edge of the red craft fur triangle. The white fur should touch the underside of the red fur fabric, with the red fur touching the table so that you are looking at the underside of the red and the white craft fur. Align the bottom edge of the white craft fur with the bottom edge of the red craft fur, and pin.
Sew the white fur to the red fur using a 1-inch seam allowance and a straight stitch on the sewing machine. Remove the pins.
Fold the red craft fur triangle with the attached white fur in half vertically, with the right sides of the red fur touching, aligning the outside edges of the fabric to form a smaller triangle. You will be looking at a folded triangle of the underside of the red fur with the plush side of the white fur strip sewn to the bottom. Pin the sides of the red fur triangle and the white fur strip.
Sew along the pinned edge to form a triangle using a 1-inch seam allowance and a straight stitch. Remove the pins.
Turn the hat right side out by reaching inside, grasping an edge and pulling it out of the hat/head opening. Fold the white fur strip up and over the red fur hat. Both the hat and the white fur strip will now have the right sides of the fur facing you.
Glue the large white craft pom-pom to the end of the Santa hat with the glue gun and the glue sticks. Allow the glue to dry.
To reduce the sewing part of this Santa hat project, you can sew the red triangle together and then glue the white fur strip around the outside of the hat instead of sewing it. Sewing it makes for a much nicer final product, and the hat will have a longer life span. You can use red felt or construction paper in place of velvet or fur. Staple construction paper along the edges, or glue it with rubber cement or a glue gun.
Use caution when operating hot glue guns to avoid burns.