Easy DIY Felt Elf Hat Pattern

When I sat down to make these hats I wanted to make something simple to recreate but something that could easily be customized. These would make the perfect props for Holiday photos or simple handmade favors for a Holiday party!!

DIY Felt Elf Hats

To make your own elf hat, you will need:

  • Felt (green and red)
  • a length of yarn the same height you want your hat
  • jingle bells (I used red but any color will work)
  • matching thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

How to sew your Felt Elf Hat Pattern

1. Cut between a quarter and a third of a circle out of the green felt (Use your yarn to measure the height you want your hat and to measure the circumference of the head. The circumference of the head will create the distance along the curved edge in the third photo below. Use a generally circular shape, doesn't have to be perfect.)

felt elf hat pattern felt elf hat pattern felt elf hat pattern2. Cut a rectangular strip of red felt and position along the round edge of green felt. Repeat until the entire round edge is lined in red (I used the sheets of craft felt for the red part and just cut the sheet in half vertically. I used three rectangles – a sheet and a half – for the small hat and five rectangles for the large hat.)

Elf Hats - initial stitch3.  Using a small seam allowance, sew along the curved line in the hat

4.  Trim the extra red felt hanging below the curve of the green felt

Elf Hats - rounded5.  Flip the red felt to the opposite side of the green (hiding the seam) and pin in place

Elf Hats - right side6.  Topstitch along the curve

7.  Cut triangular shapes into the red felt (You can be as even or haphazard as you want in this step. I tried to make mine random shapes and sizes.)

Elf Hats - points8.  Fold the hat in half, with right sides together, and sew up the seam.

Elf Hats - seam9.  Clip the top corner (making sure not to snip the seam)

10.  Flip right side and pop out the point of the hat

11.  Sew jingle bells to the point in the hat

12.  Check that all the red points look good, trim as needed

Elf Hats - Models(My little monkey refused to sit still for pictures, despite bribes with M&M's.)

Each hat took about 20 minutes, from start to finish. They are perfect, easy projects. My daughter refuses to take her's off now!

Elf Hats - Happy Elf Hats - Outtake

I hope you enjoy making your own felt elf hats!!

If you liked our hats, be sure to check out some of our other Christmas projects, with more to come through December!

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Hi! I'm Alicia from Felt With Love Designs where my husband, Patrick, and I write about all of our crafty and artistic endeavors. Patrick is the artist behind our designs. I create all our patterns and designs based on his sketches and bring them to life with a needle and thread.

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Joanna Sormunen

Your husband and daughter look so adorable with their hats on! What a perfect thing for Christmas!

LanaLou // TheTruthAboutBlondes
LanaLou // TheTruthAboutBlondes

I love anything that is SUPER easy. Thanks for this!


How cute!!! I want to make mini ones for my dogs 🙂 But they probably wouldnt stay on them for very long, haha!

Erin @ Sugar Crumbs
Erin @ Sugar Crumbs

Oh my gosh! How adorable are these? I wonder if I could get my kiddos to wear them for me!


ah these are so cute!! I just bought our hats for the year but I will be saving this so I can make them next year!


This post makes me miss being a nanny. The little girl I looked after would love this.

Jenn @ hellorigby!

How cute! What a fun DIY for the holidays!


I love this idea!! So cute and sounds so simple.

Megan @ All That Glitters

How cute are those?! Love!


These are so fun! They look super easy to make too! Thanks for sharing!

Candace Marie (@MsCMarie)
Candace Marie (@MsCMarie)

So cute! I love these holiday crafts and how everyone gets on board with it.


These are so cute! I have to make these for my boyfriend and myself!


This is so adorable! I stink at sewing but maybe I’ll take a stab at it.

Katie Matthews (@XKatieMatthewsX)

These are so gorgeous! Reminds me of my 4th birthday party where we were all flower fairies and my mum made us outfits. I was the strawberry fairy and had a little green hat! It was very cute.

Katie <3

Nancy (@spiffykerms)

Omg these are adorable hats!!

Karissa Ancell (@KarissaAncell)

This is really cute, my daughter would love one.

Nancy (@spiffykerms)

Haha these are adorable.


perfect for the holiday!


These are so cute especially if you have kids!


These are adorable! I love the final photo shoot! 🙂


This is so cute, and so easy! Thanks for sharing!


Super cute, I’ll have to recommend this to some of my Christmas clients for photos


I love this idea! They’re so cute!


Aw, these are so cute! Love the idea.

Rachel @ Bakerita

These are so cute!! What a fun holiday project 🙂

Taneja's Bride

Super duper cute! I think I can manage this DIY! 🙂


very cute I love when hubbys get in the fun ;o)


This is an amazing and insightful post! Thanks for sharing your DIY with this fun project for the holidays!

Cara (@StylishGeek)

So cute!!! And your DIY makes it look so simple to make! My kid and I will try this out during our holiday break. Thanks for sharing 🙂


Darling little hats!

Monica from LifeOhm

Wow, these are so cute and fun. They look easy too, I might even be able to handle making one 🙂 Thanks!


Oh gosh, these are adorable!


Such a great idea for the holiday season! Would be a fun activity to do with friends one night 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


THANK YOU for sharing! I love this – my baby has elf ears so I’m trying to make her an elf costume!

Sarah @ Me Plus 3 TODAY

Stopping by from the MomsHelpingMoms group. These are so cute! Pinned!


I love these hats and I know my child will too. I also like them b/c I think I may actually be able to do this project.


So so cute! I want one…or 3!

Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

These are so cute! I don’t think I could get my hubs to pose for pics for me! 😀 Your little monkey looks like she is having fun though! Love your tutorials!

Stephanie Keeping
Stephanie Keeping

I love how cute and simple these are.


Cute cute!! I’m seeing these on a class full of kids singing Christmas songs at a holiday performance… I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial: