I had a request (from my mum) to post more pictures of the little top hat I made for Elfia. So I thought I'd include some construction notes too.
I started with a cardboard (cereal box) crown, taped together. I added fabric over top of this and tacked it down around the base of the crown. I then cut a cereal box brim and used double sided tape (I didn't have spray glue) to attach a layer of blue fabric to the top and bottom. I then attempted to tape the brim to the crown, but it didn't stay, so I had to sew it in. This was a bit of a trick--hand sewing (the hat was too small to get around the arm of my sewing machine) through 4 layers of fabric, 2 layers of cardboard, and a layer of really sticky tape. I bent a rather sturdy needle and went through several improvised cardboard thimbles.
After that, I added bias binding (made from the brown silk I used for the corset) around the outside of the brim. Thankfully I was able to machine sew that on. I finished the hat off with some leftover scraps for around the crown, a bow, and the dangly bits. I also added a couple yarn loops inside to to attach it to my hair with bobby pins.
The inside still looks a bit ridiculous, so I may add a lining before its next outing, and the yarn loops didn't work at all, so I'm now on the (rather passive) hunt for hat elastic.