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try, try, try, try again.

Those are all Buddy the Elf hat rejects. The first one was so bad that I threw the whole hot glue-y mess in the garbage.

It turns out that trying to get a hat band to conform to the shape of a very slanty elf hat is harder than I anticipated.

Ribbon (on the right) was cute, but I didn’t like the little creases and bubbles.

A c-shaped piece of fabric (on the left) laid down nicely, but it was boring.

I got desperate and started thinking about no band at all (center).

And then I thought of my old friend “bias tape”. And we had a winner!



To make the elf hat, I traced one of my big silver mixing bowls (about 13.5″ in diameter) and then cut the circle in half. Next, I added my banding. I did a combination of sewing/gluing. Once that banding was in place, I folded the hat in half and seamed the straight edge.

Then, I folded the bottom edge under about 1/4” and hot glued it in place. I didn’t want any stitching visible. Add a red feather and you’re done!

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  1. So unbelievably cute! He could use it for Halloween and use it again to sit in Santa's lap!

  2. Super cute!! I wanna know more about those shoes! :-)

  3. That is the cutest costume I have ever seen! I love buddy!

  4. Oh geez, too cute! :)

  5. snippetsandyarns says:

    Great costume! We are fans of Elf at our house too!

    ~ Meagan

  6. I love Buddy the elf hats! I thought it would be great to have a ton of them for the family!! So cute!

  7. So cute!

  8. OMG he looks so adorable… love, love, love this!!!

  9. Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. says:

    I'm glad you figured this out for me…I need to make a garden gnome hat asap.

  10. Sawyers Family says:

    That costume is UNBELIEVABLE!! I only wish I had an ounce of your talent!!

  11. holy crap! it's perfect, Char!

  12. That is so stinkin' cute!

  13. truckermomma says:

    Omgoodness cuteness. I can imagine the hard time you had making the band. Great job though, looks fantastic

  14. Honestly, I think any of those hats would have looked adorable on that cutie of a little boy!

  15. buddy the elf! I LOVE it. he looks so stinking adorable!

  16. Seriously cute!

  17. Similar problem here trying to make covers for my cone shaped sconces in my living room… who thought rocket science would be necessary?

  18. Tara @ Tara Being Tara says:

    Char, I am loving every single picture of this. TOO CUTE!

  19. Very cute. I love your little Elf. Such a charming smile, warms my heart.


  20. Kristine Robinson says:

    that might be the cutest thing I've ever seen.

  21. Tracey @ BellaSky says:

    that looks like an exact replica of Buddy's outfit, I am in awe! That is my all time fave movie & he looks so stinkin cute in that costume, I cant even type! Love it, love your blog! thanks for sharing!

  22. seriously? FREAKING AWESOME!!!

  23. Blujeanmama says:

    I wish I was this clever! I want this costume for my little guy. He's got the curls to go with the costume – in fact we've joked since my son was born that had he been up for the baby role he'd of had it hands down.

    You did a beautiful job on it!!!

  24. Cara @ Angelshoes says:

    Okay this little elf man is freakin adorable.

  25. Cara @ Angelshoes says:

    Did someone already say adorable? Whoops.

  26. It was so great to see you today Char! The kids costumes looked absolutely amazing…I hope the photos turn out fantastic!

  27. OH MY!! This is exactly what I have been looking for!! My son (age 7) is an elf every year in my hometown Christmas parade and then poses with the kids and the REAL Mr. and Mrs. Claus. He takes his job verrrry seriously and this year decided he needs a new costume. I found this via pinterest and was wondering if you would share the pattern that you used for the jacket. I think I might be able to pull off the belt and hat myself, but have a friend that could make the jacket if I gave her a pattern. Thanks for your help! You are amazing!!!!

  28. Where did the costume come from??? I searched high and low for one for my son who is 1 for Halloween!

  29. Do you sell this costume?

  30. I have been searching high and low for some kind of jacket pattern for a Buddy costume. Do you mind sharing yours?

    • Char @ Crap I've Made says:

      I traced an Old Navy corduroy sports jacket directly onto my fabric, so I didn’t actually make a pattern. Sorry!

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