Hi guys! How is your week so far? Do you have your tree up yet? Unfortunately, we had to dispose of our tree this year, and may not get another until after the move.

That said, we have still been pretty busy preparing for Christmas! I hope to get some Christmas crafts up here for you all very soon.

Until then, maybe your doll would like an adorable pillbox hat for Christmas. Today, we are going to show you how to make it!


2 Plastic Containers


Hot Glue



Sewing Clips (optional, but really handy)

Measuring tape or Ruler

Okay let’s get making!

Here are the two containers we used. The fit of the hat was pretty good using these.

First, cut the smaller container to fit inside the larger one. We cut the top half of it off, and tried it on the doll to be sure of fit.

Next, we cut a hole in the bottom of the larger container.

Be sure that it fits the doll’s head. Trim the larger container down to size. This will be the brim of the hat, so it should come to barely below the top of the hat. Trying the pieces on the doll frequently will help to find the perfect fit.

Stretch a piece of felt over the smaller container to make a crease. Be sure all sides of the felt wrap all the way around to the inside of the container.

Hot glue the top of the container to the center of the creased felt.

Hot glue the felt all the way around and up the sides of the container.

Try to glue the felt as flat as possible. You can stretch felt a little, so try to ease the wrinkles as you glue.

Trim the felt leaving about two inches all the way around.

Time for the clips!

I got these sewing clips awhile back, and they came in two sizes. Unfortunately, the larger size are too bulky for sewing doll clothes, so I have been using them for crafts instead.

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to rush whenever I use hot glue. I also find I need extra hands. Otherwise, I just end up with glue everywhere, and burned fingers.

The glue also almost always ends up half dry before I get my project in place, which means I have to reglue, or I just use way too much glue, and it ends up a big mess.

So I got these clips and I gotta say, for anyone like me who constantly has hot glue issues, these are a lifesaver.

Look at that! Neat and tidy! This was before I glued anything. This way, I was able to clip the felt in place, and then just go along, gluing as I went, removing one clip at a time.

This was definitely a game changer for me! I was able to use small, controlled spots of glue, and I could clip it again to wait until it was dry. No more burned fingers trying to hold everything in place while I juggled the glue gun!

Okay, once you have covered the top of the hat, set it aside.

Now let’s cover the brim. We measured a strip of felt that when wrapped around the edge could cover both the inside and the outside of the hat brim.

As you can see, our felt sheet was not long enough, so we cut and glued two strips together.

Felt does not fray so we just glued the ends together.


Next, we used the sewing clips once again to wrap the felt around the hat brim. So much easier! When you hot glue, remove the clips as you go.

Trim off the excess piece of felt strip.


Then try the hat brim on your doll.

It’s a good fit!

Finally, glue the top of the hat inside the hat brim. Simply run a line of hot glue along the edge and glue it in place.

You can cover up the felt seams on the brim of your hat with embellishments. We added a bow made of grosgrain ribbon, but you could add a flower, or whatever you like.

And you’re done!

What an adorable little hat!


I love it!! ❤️

And it’s recycling too!

How clever is that! 😊👍🏻

I hope you enjoyed today’s craft! And I hope that your dolls will find a sweet little pillbox hat under their Christmas tree this year!

Thank you so much for joining us! Keep smiling everybody, and keep creating.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and as always have a crafty kind of day!

Leave a comment below!


5 thoughts on “DIY DOLL PILLBOX HAT

  1. I grew up in the era of Pill Box hats, made extra popular in my area by Jackie Kennedy. This method of making them is just so clever and perfect! Back then, when we’d go to the city for shopping with our Mothers, it simply “wasn’t done” to not wear hats and gloves. This makes me slightly homesick and I hope to be able to replicate your process and make some for my girls. Thank you so much for this wonderful sharing of your talent! You’ve done it again!


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