Wednesday, 18 February 2015

How to make a FEZ hat or Tarboosh :DIY

DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae

When I was in primary school, some of my seniors in the higher grades went on an international study trip to Turkey. We had a small power-point exhibition on their experiences and their learning.
I vividly remember two things of this incident, an amazing postcard of the BLUE MOSQUE in Istanbul and the feel of a soft FEZ hat one of the students had picked up as a souvenir.
So when ever I think of middle east and oriental, these two symbols crop up in my mind first.

A Fez hat has a lot of history attached to it. It originated as a military reform in the Ottoman empire in the 1800's. The hat has been a political symbol in the following years in the regions of middle east, eastern Europe and northern Africa. Dr.WHO, a British television series of many years saw FEZ hats being popularized as costumes.

Anyway it was neither the history nor Dr. Who and his Tardis that prompted me to make this. A project has been sneaking into my head for a while now. And I am slowly getting to put the elements together.

Here is what ensued!

All You Need:
Red felt
Braided nylon cord to make tassel
Red thread and a Sewing machine
Hot glue Gun
Stiff Interfacing / Cardboard
Paper for creating a pattern
Scissors
Measuring tape
Marker
Sewing pins


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae



DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae





DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae


DIY FEZ HAT: @colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae

I have made this hat unlined. You can line the hat with felt or any other soft material. This hat can be used for making costumes, fancy dress competitions for kids, pretend play, Dr. WHO parties, or probably even to just teach children about a new country and its culture.

I let my daughter make a mini version of the same for her tiny head, we used card board and glue instead of sewing. And then came her endless questions on what , from where, show me.. etc. A bit of lessons about Turkey and Morocco in an afternoon!
Now she wants to visit there :/

Happy crafting!

FARZ

This post is linked to 
The Weekly Story -wk 7 @coloursdekor.blogspot.ae
Best of the Blogosphere- #7
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Wake Up Wednesday Linky party-57

7 comments:

  1. I don't know if I'll ever need to make a fez, but I'm pinning for future reference in case one of the kids asks me to make one. Such a detailed and comprehensive tutorial, Farz.

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam. :) I hadn't planned on making this either. But a project I am excited about made me make one. I thoroughly enjoyed the FEZ though!

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    1. Definitely, Vasudha. My daughter enjoyed the little one we made together. Do try it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Definitely, Vasudha. My daughter enjoyed the little one we made together. Do try it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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