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Easy and Cute DIY Princess Birthday Hat

Posted by  ·  October 22, 2017  ·  Last Updated: October 22, 2017

Make your little one feel super special with this birthday hat!  Embellished with the how old they are turning and flowing tule is sure to make this feel just like a princess.  If the birthday girl or boy would rather feel like a king or queen then for sure make a DIY  Birthday Crown .

This princess hat would also make the perfect costume. Just add a new sew tutu for a super cute princess.

birthday hat

How to make a birthday hat

This birthday hat can go together quickly and be embellished any way you like to make it special for your child.  Some hand stitched details would also be lovely!

I don’t have a birthday hat template but it really is an easy shape.  Cut the below shape out of a sheet of felt, making it as big as possible.  Iron interfacing to one side of the felt.

birthday hat template

Embellish the outside by sewing on felt details.


Cut 4 strips of tulle about 4 inches wide in different lengths. The longest was about 36 inches. Fold the felt right sides together and place the tulle in the middle with the end sticking out of the top.  Sew as close to the edge as possible. Be careful to only catch the end of the tulle  in the seam.


princess-birthday-hat-4Sew a piece of elastic string to the inside at each side. Turn right side out and there you go!

DIY Princess Birthday Hat

Birthday Party Hats

Now you know how to make a cone hat. It really does make the best birthday hat. If you don’t want to sew you might like this, paper crownprintable crown template or this tutorial on how to make your own birthday party hats.

princess party hat

Don’t forget the cake.  Make this Happy Birthday Cake Topper. Print out the flags and medallions. Cut out all the pieces and assemble for a darling cake topper.  All these little details are sure to make a birthday memorable.

birthday cake topper

Time to party!

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  1. Monday, December 13th, 2010
    I've just made one of these for my daughter's princess party in two days time... three to go. It looks great. Thanks so much for a great tutorial. :)
    • Cindy
      Sunday, October 15th, 2017
      So happy to hear that Tara!
  2. Mimi
    Monday, January 11th, 2010
    I think that this would be a perfect hat for my sister's 50th birthday party - she would probably feel like a fool wearing it too! Ha ha
  3. amy
    Thursday, November 12th, 2009
    Thanks for sharing this fab project. Quick question: was the piece of felt a standard 9x12 sheet, or something larger?
    • Cindy
      Sunday, October 15th, 2017
      Amy, yes those standard sheets you get at the crafts store. If you need it larger you could buy felt of the bolt at a fabric store.
  4. Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
    Hey! This hat is adorable! My daughter is celebrating (with a princess party) her 4th on Saturday and I want to make this hat. I'm a bit of a novice at sewing though and have some questions? what kind of interfacing do I need? was your felt very floppy or on the stiff side (mine is very thin and floppy). What exactly is the size/template for the shape you cut out of the felt? Just something to eyeball? I am no good at that, nor at cones...anyway, if you can offer any help, it's much appreciated, otherwise I'll just slog my way through! Thanks!!
    • Cindy
      Sunday, October 15th, 2017
      Really any iron on interfacing would work. It does come in different weights if you want something really sturdy. The felt is floppy before the interfacing. Just eyeball the shape in the picture, it will work. I have noticed you can buy stiffer felt (even glitter felt) at the stores now.
  5. Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
    found this while searching for a felt princess hat. awesome job. thanks so much!!
    • Cindy
      Sunday, October 15th, 2017
      Thanks Stephanie!
  6. Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    What a cute crown!! Love the green too! I got your 'thank you' DM on Twitter and tried to DM you back but can't because you aren't a follower....ahh. I'm still trying to get the gist of the whole Twitter thing, hehe. Anyway, love your site...I have you in my Craft links on my blog...so fun!

    Jamie :-)
  7. Sunday, March 1st, 2009
    Perfect timing! My niece's 5th birthday is coming up in 11 days!! This will be awesome to make for her. She loves princess stuff. Thank you!!
  8. Sunday, March 1st, 2009
    Very Cute! I am hosting a childrens swap if your interested! :)
  9. Zarah
    Sunday, March 1st, 2009
    So cuuuuuuute!!
  10. Friday, February 27th, 2009
    "Sew" cute and easy to do! ;)
  11. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    Thanks! I am totally going to make one for my daughter since her Birthday in in March. Love it!
  12. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    That is cute! i think I might even be able to do that! my little one would love it!
  13. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    Wow, adorable. I have 2 birthdays coming up and this is definitely on my to do list. Even without the birthday factor.. the cone shaped birthday hat is perfect for princess dress up.. Felt is just do durable. Love it!
  14. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    I love you!! I Love you!! I love you!!
  15. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    Very cute, thanks for sharing this!
  16. Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    I love it! We're going to a princess birthday party on Sunday, and I might have to make one for the guest of honor. I can see little felt flowers with some iron-on rhinestones ...

    As I always tell my hubby, it's a good thing we have boys!
  17. Karen
    Thursday, February 26th, 2009
    What a great way to start my day with seeing Bella's beautiful smile modeling your latest creation!! Love the princess crown!!
  18. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Adorable!! Thanks for the directions!
  19. Jenny
    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Love it and that beautiful princess -- give her a squeeze for me! Toooo cute!
  20. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Love this! Thanks for the tutorial! A MUST for my twin daughters 4th birthday!
  21. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    That is sooo cool! Thanks for adding those easy to follow directions.
  22. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    she is so precious and i love the crownie princess hat.
  23. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    This is soo adorable!!
  24. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    What a great hat, I love it! A nice take on the felt birthday crown, too, but the hat's the big winner for me :)
  25. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Bookmarked for daughter's birthday in May!
  26. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    thanks for this tutorial...my daughter wants a princess birthday party...the crowns and the princess hats will be perfect!
  27. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Too cute and darnit I have to wait until October to make it!
  28. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Oh, happy happy five, sweetie! Celebrate all year long!
  29. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    I love these cute birthday hats and I will be making them soon. Thanks for all your great inspiration.
  30. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    this is absolutely adorable!!
  31. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Love this! between this and the crown I may have future birthday gifts all wrapped up for this year.

    Thank you so much for sharing your craftiness with us all!!
  32. gemgirl
    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Thiis is more like the pictures you see of princesses. Your daughter makes a lovely model. Your blog in a regular read for me.
  33. Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    Even cuter than yesterday! Love it!
  34. Lynda
    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
    This is just too cute! Do you have the number templates available? I loved the letter templates you had for the tote bag - I used this them this weekend to make a t-shirt for my daughter & she loved it. Thanks so much for great ideas :)