Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Harry Potter Party: How to making a Sorting Hat

 Each time I have a dinner party I have a list of things I need to do for it.  The list inevitably becomes very long-so then it gets prioritized into 'Mandatory' and 'If I have time'.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who does this, but I will say-I often am accused of trying to do too much....I may be related to Clark Griswald.  

The Sorting Hat was on the more ambitious list-so I was happy to discover I had time to make it!  And like many of my decorations for this party-it came together organically.  For the photos I used a flash-but in the darker lighting-the shadows of all the creases on the hat were incredible! 

  •  1 1/2 yard brown microfiber cloth
  • pillow stuffing
  • pipe cleaners (about 4-5)
  • hot glue gun
  • large cake round

The Base is made with a small cardboard witches hat I got for $2 at Michael's.  I glued pipe cleaners to the inside of the material to make his eyebrows.  I formed them as closely to the original as I could-then glued them to the base itself.  

The mouth was made in a similar fashion as the eyebrows.  

After the eyebrows and mouth were glued to the base-I glued the cake-round to the bottom of the witches hat to better fill out the bottom.  I didn't intend to have this hat be worn, but I feel if you're wanting to make one for that purpose-I would just use a plain witches hat for the base.  For this particular party-I was going for cost effective!  

The face was the hardest part to make because he has such a detailed scowl!  I recommend taking the most time with the face.  Once you have that just right-then use the stuffing and hot glue to get the shaping and the fabric just right.  In close-up of the original sorting hat-there are lots of seams, scratches and stitches-making this project a lot of glue-n-stick!   He's perfect in his imperfection! 


  1. Love these items! Creative and fun too!

  2. Thank you Rogue! This party was SO much fun!!! Im not sure how I could top it next year! Hmmm...I wonder if a Walking Dead dinner party is in order?!?!? :)


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