How to make a child's chef hat

    Posted by  ·  December 24, 2009

    These chef hats were  gifts for a couple of sweet girls. I packaged them with cookie decorating supplies (and hopefully will make them matching aprons in the future).

    Chef Hat Instructions


    1 –  18″ circle

    1 –  8″ X 24″ rectangle

    1 – 8″ X  24″ lightweight to medium weight iron on interfacing

    dental floss

    1/2 inch Velcro (about 12″)

    3″ piece of double fold bias tape


    Iron interfacing to 8″ X 24″ piece following manufacture’s instructions. Press  fabric in half lengthwise and press each edge under 1/2″.

    Fold piece right sides together, starting 1/2″ down from open side, stitch across each end. Turn right side out.

    Stitch a 3″ piece of bias tape around an edge of the circle.

    Zig zag stitch over a piece of dental floss starting and stopping on each side of bias tape.


    Pin band piece around the gathered edge. Find center of band and center of top piece and begin pinning there.  Adjust gathers until the band fits the gathered edge, starting at stopping about a 1/4″ over the bias tape on each side (notice how the 1/2″ that wasn’t sewn on each end neatly slips around the bias tape). Pin heavily to keep in place.  This takes some adjusting but it is so nice to have all the unfinished edges covered.

    Sewing very close to the edge, sew band to top of hat, removing pins as sewing to keep band flat. It might be necessary to slightly pull the band to keep it smooth.

    In the back fold left side over as far as the bias tape opening will allow on top of right side. Place Velcro in this overlapping area and sew all four pieces to hat band.

    Sew along each edge of each end if desired, to close area placed over bias tape.


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    1. Shirley
      Sunday, December 17th, 2017
      Would not recommend dental floss, it can get caught in your machine. I have made several hats and sew front on first and hand stitch the inside. Fun to make and have to revise it as the band is small since I use $1.00 squares, will add 2 inch piece at each end. Trail and error, but have fun.
      • Cindy
        Thursday, January 4th, 2018
        Shirley, I am using a wide zig zag over the dental floss. I am careful to not sew into the floss. This method is a headache save as the gathering threads never break. But yes, be careful to not sew into the floss.
    2. Amy
      Monday, November 20th, 2017
      Would this fit a 10 yr old and a 5 yr old??
      Is the maximum head size 24 inches?
      Thank you for your help
      • Cindy
        Thursday, January 4th, 2018
        Amy, I think it would be okay... you can always adjust where you place the velcro, or add a flap of fabric.
    3. Doris D Meneses
      Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
      Oh thank you so much for this pattern! I made the hat with an apron to match for my granddaughters 5th birthday. I found this pattern simple and could make it in one evening. So cute and adjustable to fit any size! So cute!
    4. Bobbe Hotz
      Sunday, June 4th, 2017
      My sister-in-law made four chef hats for her brother-in-laws. She is gave me your website. Have you a pattern for purchase? Thanks!
      • Cindy
        Thursday, January 4th, 2018
        Hi Bobbie I don't have one for purchase. Enjoy the tutorial for free.
    5. Louise
      Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
      The dental floss part stumped me, too, but I finally figured it out...

      It's used to gather the circle (as opposed to sewing two rows of basting type stitches and pulling the seams to gather). The instructions say to zigzag over dental floss (careful not to catch the floss with the needle, I'd guess), effectively trapping the floss and allowing one to pull it to gather. This starts at one end of the 4" bias tape that was sewed on previously, and ending at the other end of the bias tape. The photo was confusing to me because the dental floss is the same color as the bias tape.

      I sewed two rows of stitches to gather :)
    6. Carol Pautler
      Monday, December 21st, 2015
      Thanks for a great, easy to follow tutorial. I made a chef hat for my niece today in just a few hours and it came out perfectly! I wish you wrote all the patterns I have used in the past. I must check out the rest of your posts! Thanks again.
    7. Kris Owens
      Sunday, December 20th, 2015
      Thank you so much for posting these instructions! They are exceptional! A friend asked if I could whip up an apron and hat for her granddaughter. I used a cupcake fabric for the top and a white dot for the band. There was even plenty of room to do some embroidery on the band! This will make a very nice gift for a very sweet little girl!
    8. Carol Thompson
      Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
      WOW! A friend was desperate foe a chef's hat pattern. I happily told her that my boys ea had one and I had the pattern that was used. Volunteered to loan it to her.......silly me, the hsts and patterns had been in the drawer for over 20 years, and wouldn't you know it? Yep, it wasn't there. I tore up my sewing roo. And all my sewing bins ( you read right, BINS).
      After searching for hours, it was nowhere to be found. This is, of course Muhy's law. However first thing this morning, as I was getting ready for my day and it struck me! Go online, you poor old thing. (I'm 66 and proud of it, but my brain just works a bit slower these days. Wow, there it was, just perfect. Thank you so very much, because if I should be blesses with another grandchild, I will be ready! Kudos, and you made my day!
      • Thursday, March 20th, 2014
        Thanks Carol! You made my day!
    9. Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
      Nevermind, I figured it out lol (SLOW moment!). I realize now it says start on one side of the bias tape and sew until the other side (For those who missed it as well, you are not sewing the dental floss on the bias tape at all. You are sewing all around the "puffy" part edge, starting on one side of the end of the bias tape until you meet the opposite side of the tape.
    10. Jenni Golembeski
      Saturday, November 16th, 2013
      Hi! LOVE the tutorial, thank you! I am also confused about the length of the dental floss and how it works to pull, if its only the length of the bias tape?
    11. Catherine
      Saturday, November 9th, 2013
      Confused about dental floss step. How long is the length of dental floss? Can anyone share their experience with this step...or an explanation of how it works? Thanks.
    12. Denise
      Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
      want to make one of these and the child's head circumference is 21 inches. Will this design fit a 21 inch head?
    13. paula
      Thursday, December 27th, 2012
      hi cindy,I have just started sewing and made my first quilt for grandaughter .and with your great diagram my first chef hat,that didnt even take me but 3to 4 hrs thank you .this makes me want to make her and apron ,well off and sewing,thank you paula
    14. Pat DiMercurio
      Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
      Hi Cindy,
      I found this site on Pinterest and decided to make the chef's hat for 2 of my grandsons. I've been sewing for over 50 years so I'm not a dummy when it comes to sewing, but for the life of me, I was not able to figure out how that little piece of bias tape went in to enclose the seam at the back of the hat. I looked at the pics many times, trying to decide if that little bit of seam was encased or just stitched on the outside. Still ain't figured it out! I ended up doing it my way but sure would like to know how you did it. I am stumped and it's driving me nuts. Thanks a bunch.
    15. Lindy
      Monday, November 26th, 2012
      I did a google search for chef hat tutorials and was so glad yours popped up! I just made this for my nephew and it is super cute. My son tried it on for me and immediately said, "Next Christmas, can I have the same thing as Jamie." Thanks for the great instructions!
      • Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
        So glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback.
    16. Tracy
      Saturday, November 10th, 2012
      AWESOME tutorial! My 7 yr old is having a "cooking party", so I'm making these for her guests. I'm using fat quarters that I won in a giveaway (low cost!). So I can't do 8x24 but am doing 8x22. This doesn't allow for the overlap for the velcro. So, I sewed in a 3/8" piece of elastic (something I had on had because it was miscut for it's intended project (reusing "waste" = low cost!). For the first hat, I cut 2 pieces of elastic 1.5" long and sewed them in the back. I'm playing with the right amount of spacing in the gap and length of elastic. This first one, there is about 3/4" - 1" gap with plenty of stretch in the elastic to accommodate a 7 yr old's head and allow for growth. I can even wear the hat (but my 7 yr old has a big round head!). I put it on my tiny 5 yr old and where it is still a little big, it does stay on her head!

      I may try to embed the elastic in the seams for a cleaner finish. We'll see how that goes. If not, this method is working fine.

      Super tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to make more hats in random fat quarter prints :)
    17. Sylvia
      Thursday, October 18th, 2012
      Thank you so much for this wonderful pattern. I love it! Santa is bringing my 3 year old twin niece and nephew a play kitchen. I'm supplying the Melissa and Doug food. This adorable hat is absolutely perfect to go along with the theme. I'll monogram their names on the band.
    18. Alyssa
      Monday, August 13th, 2012
      Any suggestions on how to cut an 18" circle? None of my bowls are 18"...
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    20. hamyyyyna
      Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
      thanks a lot
      this one is the perfect !!!!:)
    21. Kristen
      Friday, February 24th, 2012
      I just made one for my daughter. I love it! I can't wait to make one for all of her friends for her birthday party.
    22. Monday, December 5th, 2011
      Very cute! I have a pattern for a chef hat but I like your instructions a lot more!
    23. Kathi
      Sunday, November 27th, 2011
      I am going to decorate my smaller Christmas tree with all my "I Love Lucy" ornaments. I want to cut pattern in half to use as a chef hat tree topper. I thought it would match the candy factory theme. Since this is for a tree and not to wear, I wonder if it could be made without sewing? My machine needs adjusted and no time to have it repaired.
    24. Jasmine
      Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
      Hi! I wanted to thank you for posting the directions to the child's chef hat. I'm a beginner in sewing and just made this for my niece. It is too cute for words! Now, my sister wants a matching one. :-)
    25. Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
      I found these lovely chef hats for my Bakery party for my little four year old's birthday party. After searching through several other tutorials, I found yours to be so helpful and easy to understand. Thanks for taking the time to make this easy for me! Seven hats down in about three hours! Thanks!
    26. Sunday, March 6th, 2011
      Oh, and I"m linking back to you from my blog.
    27. Sunday, March 6th, 2011
      I made these for my daughters birthday party, thanks for the tutorial, they turned out so cute!
    28. Lisa
      Saturday, February 5th, 2011
      Just made this along with an apron for my grandkids for Valentines Day. How much fun they are going to have making cookies and pizza! I love the tip on using dental floss for gathering string. I wish I would have known about that trick 30 years ago! Thanks, I can't wait to start on the next project from you page
    29. Rachel Horowitz
      Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
      Where did you get the fabric from- I love the cookies?? Also where is the cheapest yet nice selection to go for fabrics?
      • Thursday, December 30th, 2010
        Rachel I bough the fabric from Above All Fabric. I am sorry I don't know the name, but Melanie, the store owner, is great and I am sure can help you!
    30. Saturday, December 11th, 2010
      What age hat is this for? How would you adjust the measurements for a 2 year old and a 5 year old? Thanks
      • Thursday, December 30th, 2010
        Amanda, I actually think it would fit both a five year old and two year old. The velcro strip in the back makes it adjustable. If you are concerned, you could make the strip of velcro longer to provide more adjustment.
    31. Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
      Thank you for the pattern and tutorial! They came out really neat! The kids will be thrilled.
    32. Friday, November 26th, 2010
      Thanks so much! I've been looking for a pattern like this for my niece!
    33. Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
      This is adorable! Thank you for a wonderful pattern.
    34. eliza
      Saturday, November 6th, 2010
      thanks so much! i'm a beginner sewer and this was easy enough for me to do pretty quickly :)
    35. Monday, July 26th, 2010
      My daughter would absolutely love this! Actually, I bet all 3 of the big kids would love it. Thanks for the tutorial!
    36. Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
      Thanks so much for sharing. I'm making the hat and the apron for a little girl's birthday party present. I really appreciate the details and the awesome pictures that describe the process very well.
    37. Regina
      Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
      I made this hat and a matching apron for my daughter. It came together very quickly and the design is easier/less complicated than other chef hat "how-to's" I've seen. My daughter did not want to take it off. Great project!
    38. Monday, January 4th, 2010
      This is adorable! The instructions great and the pictures even better! Thanks for sharing!
    39. Cath
      Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
      OMG!!! I love it! I DO own a sewing machine. I might just have to get it out to make one of these! Or let Annie try it! She is wanting to learn to quilt - are you up to teaching her that? Love you!
    40. Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
      Absolutely adorable! I wish that I had seen this before Christmas! Hey I guess I have a head start for next year. :0)
    41. Monday, December 28th, 2009
      I enjoy your blog so much! Been lurking for a while. :) Thanks for all your great idea.

      Loved your tutorial so much I linked to it on
    42. Silvelaine
      Monday, December 28th, 2009
      Muito legal!!!
    43. Sunday, December 27th, 2009
      Soo cute! Think I can make 12 for my daughter's party in February??
      I am filing this at Thanks so much for sharing!!
    44. Lisa F
      Saturday, December 26th, 2009
      DARLING! Thanks for sharing and taking the time for a tutorial. You're great, as usual!
    45. Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      That is adorable!!
    46. Annegret
      Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      A great idea for little girls and boys. Merry Christmas.

    47. Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      These'll be great for my girls upcoming birthdays! Thank you so much. You save me with all your great gift tutorials again and again!
    48. Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      i love the oreo cookie fabric. so cute.
    49. Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      Very cute! I love that it's not just a plain white chef's hat. Merry Christmas to you, and thank you for all the work you put into your site.
    50. Laura
      Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      this is super cute!!!
    51. Lisa
      Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      I Love it.
      I love everything that is on your site.
      You should have a magazine or books with all the stuff you have on your website.
      Have a Merry Christmas!!!!
    52. Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      I will certainly be waiting...soooo cute! Kim
    53. Kyla
      Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      I can't wait to see it! My son asked for one for Christmas, but it was the last thing on my list and it's not going to get done. Maybe it will be a belated gift :) Merry Christmas!
    54. Sheila
      Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      OMG! This is sooooo cute! I will wait patiently for the holidays to be over and 'til you have time to share your tutorial.... Merry Christmas!
    55. Alice
      Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      This is just too cute. Will make some for my little grand-cooks. Love your site. Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us.
    56. Thursday, December 24th, 2009
      So adorable! I can't wait for the tutorial so I can make this for my little sis who loves to bake!