chef hat

How to make a Chef’s Hat

Kids and adults and everyone in between will love wearing this chef’s hat in the kitchen, it can be made in all kinds of fabric combinations and sizes and it is practical for keeping your hair out of the food too.


  1. Strip of fun fabric for band – approx 20 x 60cm / 8 x 25 inches
  2. Square of white fabric for top – approx 60 x 60cm / 8 x 25 inches


  1. Sewing machine and thread
  2. Scissors, pins, pencil and measuring tape
  3. Iron

Step 1: Making the band

  • – Measure the chef’s head circumference (approx 54-56 cm / 21-22 inches for child, or 60-64 cm / 24-25 inches for adult).
  • – Cut the band fabric to this length and 20 cm / 8 inches wide. Press it in half lengthways with wrong sides together.
  • – Open it back up and place the short ends right sides together, pin and sew. Then press this seam open.
  • – Fold it back along the pressing line to form a ring with the wrong sides together. Put this aside.

Step 2. Making the top

  • – Cut your square of fabric into a circle, to help with this fold your square of fabric on the diagonal – first in half, then quarters then eighths. Mark the corners as shown with a pencil and cut off these corners to form your circle.
  • – Sew a line of stitches around the perimeter of the circle with a large loose straight stitch, don’t backstitch at the beginning or end. Pull the threads gently to gather the stitches until the circle circumference is the same as the band.

Step 3. Putting the chef’s hat together

  • – Pin the raw edges of the band and the top of the hat together – rights sides facing. Adjust the gathers if you need it to be bigger or smaller to fit the band properly.
  • – Sew together with a straight stitch, then sew the edges with a zigzag stitch to tidy the raw edges. And hey presto you are done!