Kindergarten is going crazy over these super easy, fun elf hats. Last year, we made them out of felt, which was nice, but this year we are all about the coziness of fleece! Also, the stretch makes up for any mistakes in sewing and cutting that might occur when 5 year olds are making their own hats.
Step 1: Trace your pattern. (Having a friend help you is nice)
Our pattern is a large rectangle with a base of 25 inches and height of 12 1/2. When tracing, be sure to put the base on the stretchy part of the fabric. The kids were great at finding this.
Step 2: Cut out the triangle.
The pattern is large enough to make up for any cutting and tracing mistakes.
Step 3: Fold over the triangle to match corners.
If the sides are really uneven, you might need to do a little trimming here.
Step 4: Sew up the long end.
I had them start at the base and go straight up to the top. A running or whipstitch is fine. Take care to make smaller stitches so your hat doesn't have holes.
Step 5: Add a bell if you want.
This is like putting on a button on the top of the hat.
Step 6: Put on and have some fun!
As you can see, the hat has a nice point on both the top and the base. The bottom point can be worn sideways for a sassy look or even flipped up. It is also useful for helping to keep the hat on your head.