Mad Hatter Tea Party Bridal Shower
If you are visiting from Pinterest, welcome to De Su Mama! My cousin’s Mad Hatter Tea Party bridal shower, was a beautiful day that our family won’t soon forget. Since that post, I have received many emails and comment requesting a tutorial for the adorable hats featured. It’s finally here!
The same tutorial used for the Mad Hatter Tea Party hat was also used to make Alina and Payton’s ring master hats for our Circus Party Big Top Baby Shower. They are simple to make, yet make a big impact on your festivities. Use your imagination and you’ll see that these cute little pieces can be used as part of nearly any party decor or photography prop!
Like I’ve told those who emailed me, my sister started the hats with nothing more than a simple, paper coffee cup. They’re inexpensive and their tapered shape lends itself perfectly to that of a top hat.
Please note: this tutorial was created by deconstructing an already made hat, so if the materials look kind of tore up – it’s because they are! Sorry about that. Hopefully you get the idea even if not beautifully displayed.
Begin by making a template for the body of your hat. Creating a template before you start cutting fabric will ensure you aren’t wasting material. To make the hat template, tear apart a paper cup and lay flat on cardboard. Trace out the shape of the cup, allowing half an inch on either side. Cut the cardboard, and you have a template for your side!
Use the template to cut the side of your mad hatter tea party hat. You will need one piece for each hat.
To construct your Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat, you will need:
- A paper coffee cup (Dixie or any brand that suits the size hat you want)
- The plastic top of the coffee cup, with brim removed
- Coordinating ribbon for decorative base
- Coordinating embellishments
You will also need:
- Sharp scissors
- Hot glue gun
Fabric Pieces that you will cut:
- Side of hat (using your “side” template)
- Top of hat/cup
- 2 pieces for bottom of cup/hat brim
For the brim, use the plastic top of the coffee cup. At this point, you should have already removed the brim with sharp scissors, making it a flat disc shape. Trace the flat disc onto your fabric, allowing half of inch or so around. You will need two of these pieces. Fold fabric in half before cutting to save time.
Hot glue the first piece onto the flat disc by folding it over its edge. Hot glue the second piece flat on the brim, creating the look of a seam. The brim of the hat will be “seam” side down, and against your head, when worn.
For the top of the hat, simply trace and cut a fabric piece of the open end of the coffee cup. With hot glue, secure the fabric as taught as possible.
With a line of hot glue on the top, secure the siding. Then create a seam on the side. Choose tall embellishments to conceal that seam.
Attach your decorative ribbon at the base (bottom) of your hat to conceal the seams of the brim, etc.
For the little girls, at the Circus Big Top Baby Shower, the hats were attached to a headband (which was covered in matching fabric). For the Mad Hatter Tea Party bridal shower, the hats were attached and worn with hair clips.
Another note would be to use very sharp scissors in order to have the least amount of fray as possible.
I want to thank everyone for visiting and for your patience in getting this tutorial up! Other than photographing and editing images for the event, I did not plan the party or create these beautiful little numbers. My sister is an amazing party planner, so for those in Las Vegas needing an amazing event planned, or if you have any further questions regarding this tutorial, I would be happy to pass those comments along.