DIY Turkish Fez

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October 31, 2017

DIY Turkish Fez - young child in costume wearing the fezMy son's school will be celebrating United Nations day tomorrow and they were assigned to wear different countries' traditional costumes. His country will be Turkey. Good thing our neighbor's got a prince costume which I upgraded and made it look like traditional Turkish men's wear. But my problem is the traditional hat called a "fez" which I haven't found in stores. What I did was gather some scraps from the accessories I added on to the costume and made a hat that will perfectly match the suit. I also added a special detail by making a pair of hand crafted shoes.



  • 1 piece big cardboard
  • scissors
  • 1/2 meter tassels
  • 1/4 1/4 meter cloth on your preferred color
  • hot glue
  • sequins, beads, or any available accessories
DIY Turkish Fez - supplies


  1. Measure the size of the child's head. Draw a 2 parallel curved lines in a piece of cardboard based on the measurement. Make about 3 inches space between the lines.
  2. DIY Turkish Fez - draw two curved lines about 3 inches apart
  3. Cut along the lines. Then stick the cardboard onto the cloth to prevent it from moving as you cut it.
  4. DIY Turkish Fez - cut shape out
    DIY Turkish Fez - stick paper down to cloth
  5. Cut cloth around the cardboard leaving about a 1 inch allowance. Cover the whole cardboard with it and secure with glue.
  6. DIY Turkish Fez - cut around the paper leaving an inch or so of cloth
    DIY Turkish Fez - fold cloth under and glue in place

  7. Roll the fully covered cardboard. Flip it upside down and trace the bottom.
  8. DIY Turkish Fez - roll the cloth covered cardboard into a circle and use to trace a pattern for the top of the fez
    DIY Turkish Fez - trace fez top
  9. Cut the traced circle and cover with cloth.
  10. DIY Turkish Fez - cover with cloth
    DIY Turkish Fez - cloth covered circle
  11. Make a tiny hole in the center of the circle. Now insert about 4-6 strands of tassel into the hole and tie both ends.
  12. DIY Turkish Fez - make a hole in the center for the tassel
    DIY Turkish Fez - insert strands for tassel and tie at both ends
    DIY Turkish Fez - tassel knot
  13. Then start rolling the cardboard again with the circle positioned on the bottom. Stick them together using hot glue. You now have a plain hat.
  14. DIY Turkish Fez - roll the fez into a circle and glue to the top
    DIY Turkish Fez - attaching parts of fez with hot glue
    DIY Turkish Fez - glue ends together also
    DIY Turkish Fez - view of top and tassel

  15. Now, let's work on the tassel. Roll 2 inches of tassel around the knotted tip outside the hat. See photo. Glue it into place.
  16. DIY Turkish Fez - adding glue to tassel tip
    DIY Turkish Fez - wrap full tassel material around the string and attach
  17. Lastly, decorate the fez with your desired accessories.
  18. DIY Turkish Fez - adding gold rick rack or other decorations to fez
  19. It's done!
  20. DIY Turkish Fez - fully decorated fez
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November 1, 20170 found this helpful

You should be getting the Mommy of the Year Award!! This is so inventive and he looks so adorable!! Great job!

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Silver Post Medal for All Time! 449 Posts
November 2, 20170 found this helpful

thank you @Sandi .. being a DIY mom is really fun especially when there is a good outcome with less expense.

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