how to make a tiny bicorne hat

colorful handmade pirate birds with fancy bicorne hats (you should make one)

They are such fun to make. I want to put a bicorne on everything. I might start wearing one (kidding). You just need a few scraps and a few minutes.  I’ve made you a template in two sizes, one just right for little birds and another that is perfect for mr. socks. He likes to dress up like a pirate once in a while too.  Who doesn’t.

mr. socks dressed up like a pirate

materials for making a pirate hat

You will need:

The template pdf, wool felt, bright fabric scraps, embroidery thread, a couple sequins and/or some metallic embroidery thread, pinking shears and basic sewing supplies.

1. Cut out 2 felt pieces for the hat and 2 accent pieces.Use pinking shears for the curved part of the accent pieces.

2. Whipstitch the accent fabric to each felt piece with embroidery thread and stitch on a little sequin and fabric scrap to one of the pieces.

3. Place the two pieces together and  blanket or whip stitch the top together. You can find a video of the blanket stitch here – just make the stitch length much smaller.

how to make a little felt pirate hat

handmad pirate bird with a fancy bicorne hat

handmade pirate birds made from fortuny textiles

handmade pirate birds made from fortuny textiles

There are tips for piratizing birds here and if you make a tiny pirate hat I’d love to see! You can use #putabicorneonit on instagram.

template and instructions for making a tiny pirate hat


  1. Belinda Paterson

    hello. still following your page. will this fit the tiny doll you made and could you try a bonnet? thanks

  2. Super cute and I am very excited, thank you. I am in the middle of making the large sailing ship and will need a captain. I have the forest folk pattern and thought I might make a squirrel instead of an owl (the pattern of which I also have). The trick will be getting the ears to not keep popping off the hat.

  3. I think I fancy doing a tiny pirate doll! With some pirate mice & a ginger cat! I have an old coat just the right colour for the cat!! Thanks for your lovely ideas & blog.

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