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Pilgrim Hat

Get the little pilgrims together for a Thanksgiving crafting project. Make two historical hats out of shelf liner for $22 to honor the first Thanksgiving.

Wear a pilgrim hat to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Fabric glue or needle and thread
  • Hot glue or glue


  • 3M duct tape black 1.88-in x 55-yd, #156886
  • Blue Hawk 5-ft x 4-ft 8-oz canvas drop cloth, #197749
  • Black 4-ft x 20-in shelf liner, # 41157
  • 1-3/4-in x 4-7/8-in stainless-steel duplex wall plate, #103999

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Step 1

Cut a 12-in by 24-in rectangle out of shelf liner. Wrap the rectangle around your child's head so it forms a cylinder that narrows somewhat at the top. Make sure the cylinder is a little loose around your child's head. Use a small piece of tape to hold the seam in place. Then cut the bottom and top (about 8 inches up from the bottom) so the rim is straight.

Step 2

Adjust the top so the opening is about 4 inches wide. Tape the seam inside with duct tape to secure. Cut a 6-inch circle for the top of the hat. Push it up through the bottom of the hat and secure in place with duct tape. It may help to make a few one-inch cuts around the circle so you have flaps to tape.

Step 3

Cut a 12-inch-diameter circle for the brim of the hat. Place the cylinder you made in Step 1 in the center of the circle and draw around it. Draw another circle about an inch inside that circle. Cut out the smaller circle. Then create some small flaps by making a series of small cuts from the edge of the small circle to the line you drew. Secure the brim to the cylinder using duct tape on the flaps inside the base of the hat.

Step 4

To create the white band around the base of the hat, cut a 5-inch-wide piece of canvas fabric long enough to wrap around the hat. Fold the canvas over and sew or use fabric glue to create a hem along the bottom. Iron the canvas piece so the seam is hidden along the back of the fabric; the fabric should form a flat 2-1/2-in band.

Step 5

Thread the strip through the wall plate and center the wall plate on the strip. Wrap around the hat and glue in place.