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Thanksgiving Crafts: Pilgrim's Hat Craft

Pilgrim's Hat Craft

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Pilgrim men wore hats not only as protection from the weather but also for pure adornment. Take on a pilgrim persona by donning this brightly-banded colonial cap.


  • 2 pieces black felt; a 7- by 25-inch rectangle and a 13-inch-wide circle
  • Chalk
  • Glue stick or glue gun
  • Scissors
  • 2 1/2- by 25-inch colored felt strip
  • Feather


pilgrim hat step 1

1. To make the hat, wrap the rectangular piece of felt around your child's head and mark with chalk where the edges touch. Remove the felt and use a glue stick to attach the ends of the felt at the place you've just marked.

pilgrim hat step 2

2. Place the hat top in the center of the 13-inch felt circle and trace around the circumference, leaving about a 3-inch hat brim. Set aside the hat top.

3. Using chalk, divide the circle into eight pie slices or spokes. Cut along the spokes (but do not cut around the outside of the circle) so that you have eight pointed flaps.

4. Slip the felt circle over the hat top, leaving the pointed flaps sticking up. Then fold back each flap and glue them onto the hat top (the top of the hat will be open).

5. Glue on the colored felt band so that it covers the folded-over flaps and add a feather.