The invitation to the Coconut Club in Los Angeles specifically stated that it was to be an evening of black sequins and exotic fezzes. I wanted to dress accordingly, but I didn’t have a fez! Luckily, cardboard and felt came to my rescue! Here’s a little tutorial on how to make your own exotic fez.
You’re going to need:
- Flimsy-ish cardboard (like a cereal box)
- Glue (elmers, mod podge etc.)
- A sponge for dabbing glue
- Trimmings, Sequins, etc.
- A tassle (not pictured yet)
- A glue gun and extra glue sticks
- The stencil I have provided HERE (and a printer to print the stencil.)
- A love of the exotic and mysterious.
First thing you have to do is take the stencil and cut out one set of shapes. Then, you tape the shapes to the cardboard and cut out the cardboard.
Set the stencils aside and tape the cardboard piece to the felt. Its always a good idea to conserve space while cutting, so choose a corner of felt to lay your cardboard on and cut. The cardboard might end up with some extra tape on it but that is OK. It will get covered.
Take the circle stencil and put it directly over the cardboard and draw a mark. This is where the tassel will fit inside.
Do the same thing with the felt as well.
Take your cardboard and gently wind your scissors into the marked hole until they come out the other side. Try not to bend the cardboard.
Do the same thing with the felt. You can fold the felt in half and cut a small “x” with your scissors.
Now, set the circles aside. Take the other part of the stencil and “happy face” up, create a circle with the cardboard. You’re going to want to slightly overlap the cardboard about 1/4 to 1/2 inch or else the hat will have a teardrop shape to it, and we don’t want that!
Once you’ve done your overlap circle, take the pieces together to hold your circle together.
Take your glue and sponge and dab a little on the base of the hat, and start to apply the felt to it little by little. Make sure you get your edges of felt aligned to the cardboard as much as possible. Do the same for the circle (top) of the hat.
After your felt has been completely applied, hot glue gun the two pieces together by gluing the top circle to the base where the two meet on the interior of the hat. Glue the entire circumference together, and make sure its as aligned as you can get it.
Once the glue gun glue has dried, you can put the tassel through the hole that you made on the top of the hat earlier. Pull the string through and tape it to the interior of the hat.
After you have added the tassel, pick out some trimmings for the top and rim of your hat! You will need to hot glue gun them to the felt. **Start hot gluing the trimmings at the seam of the felt, you will be covering the seams up with trimmings, and sequins.
Here’s the what the outside looks like finished! My cat decided to stop by and help out.
If you want to make the fez look super profesh, you can even line the inside. This is an optional step, but it does make it look nicer.
Cut out two more pieces of felt from the stencil, you can use the second pieces that were provided. Dab more glue on the inside of the hat little by little. Toward the end, if the felt pieces over lap, start trimming one edge little by little until they come together without overlapping.
Once you have the sides glued down, glue the top part down too. It looks OK if the circle is a little too big, but you can cut the circle down little by little if you don’t like that.
Hot glue trimmings to the bottom rim of the hat to cover up imperfections. Try to align all of your seams, including the trimming for the underside of the hat, before gluing.
Once your hat is completely done, you will just need to hot glue it to your headband! Place the hat at the angle that you want it on the headband. Keep in mind that there is a front and a back to this hat, your seam side is the back. if you want your hat to lean to the right on your head, position the seam side of the hat to the back, and vice versa for the left.
Hold the headband firmly against the hat with one hand, and glue gun the crevice where the headband meets the hat STARTING ON ONE SIDE ONLY. Be patient while the hot glue dries and keep holding onto the hat.
after one side has dried, you can make adjustments to the hat before gluing the other side. If the bottom rim looks a little lopsided, try to bring back the circular shape but gently manipulating it. Once you have your desired shape, hot glue gun the other side of the headband to the hat.
You can add another layer of glue if you feel like the hat needs more stability.
After the glue dries, YOU ARE DONE!!
Time. To. Party.