Super easy and fun project that can be specialized for any event, in any color and with any detail!
A friend asked me to make a graduation cap for her and I thought “what the heck” since I guess you can only rent them. It was much easier than I thought it would be to make, plus I used materials I had around the house.
8″ x 8″ square of cardboard or foamboard
3/8 yard fabric, approx., or scraps ~ cut into 2 pieces: one measuring 9″ x 17″ and one measuring 24″ x 5″ (or 2 pieces 12″ x 5″ each)
A mortar board is 8″x8″ square. I used a piece of cardboard scrap I had laying around. Fold 9″ x 17″ piece in half longways, right sides together, and sew up the 2 sides next to fold, leaving one end open. Turn inside out, press and insert cardboard into this sleeve. I folded the ends into the sleeve and glued them, securing them with clips till dry.
For headband, fold long piece in half, right sides together and sew a curved edge, I eyeballed it and tried it on my head to make the curve. A graduation cap comes down on the forehead.
Sew another curve on the other end, try it on to fit. This is approximately 12″ long on each side. Trim seams and turn right side out.
First, I sewed a button on the center top of the mortar board. Then, I hand sewed the center seam of the headband to the center of the mortar board on the underside. Next, I glued the sides of the headband to the board, after trying it on to see where it needed to fit.
Final touch, yarn tassel with adornments representing the theme. Just take some yard strips, loop them at the top, wrap a piece of yarn around top, tie a piece through the loop and hang it off the button on top of the board.
Pomp and Circumstance!