How to Make Your Own Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Hat

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by

Dr Seuss Activities

“Cat, hat. In French chat, chapeau. In Spanish it’s el gato in a sombrero.”

Whenever I think of The Cat in the Hat this song from the animated movie always jumps in my head. Crazy, I know. And of course, whenever I think of The Cat in the Hat I always picture his iconic red and white striped super tall top hat. “The Seuss hat” as I call it.

Short Seuss Hat

To kick off our month of Seuss, our  Seuss-A-Palooza on Jersey Family Fun, I thought I’d show everyone how to make a super easy, super fun, super cool Seuss hat that you and your kids can wear tomorrow for Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday!


How to Make Your Own Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Hat


Supplies to Make Your Own Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Hat

Materials for Seuss Hat

  • 3 pieces 9″x12″ white construction paper
  • 1 piece 9″x12″ red construction paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue
  • pencil



Directions to Make Your Own Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Hat

  1. Glue 2 pieces of white construction paper together. (NOTE: We made our first one 12″ tall and it was a bit small sitting on my son’s head. For big kids, I would definitely suggest making the hat 9″ tall instead.)
  2. Using your red paper, cut it into 8 equal strips. Make sure you hold your paper the correct way. For a 12″ hat, you want (8) 9″ strips. For a 9″ hat you want (8) 12″ strips.

    Cutting strips for Seuss Hat

  3. Glue your red strips to your long white paper placing 2 strips next to each other per line to form one long stripe.

    Gluing stripes on Seuss Hat

  4. Once you’ve finished the stripes, dry fit the Seuss hat to your child’s head. Glue the vertical edge of your paper to form a cylinder (you can see in the above picture the purple glue line).

    Cylinder of the Seuss Hat

  5. Using your remaining white piece of paper (in my example I used red, but it really should be white), place the top of your hat in the center of the paper and trace the circumference of your Seuss Hat. Cut another larger circle around that to create the brim of your hat. Fold in half to get your center and cut lines the diameter of your inner circle.

    Rim of Seuss Hat

  6. Fold the 8 triangles you’ve created up. They will be the tabs you use to attach the brim to the top of your Seuss hat.

    Tabs of your Seuss Hat

  7. Place the top of your Seuss hat on the brim making sure the tabs are on the inside. Tape the tabs to the inside of the hat and – voilá – you have your very own Seuss hat!

    Tall Seuss Hat

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This blog post was written by Melissa O. while she was a blogger for Jersey Family Fun.

11 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Hat

  1. Ashley says:

    Thank you so much! I’ve never made anything like this in my life and my 5 year old son decides today he wants to be Cat in the Hat for school tomorrow! You’ve saved me! Thanks again!!

  2. Sue says:

    I used a paper plate for the brim – it saves a step!

  3. Cat (yes, really ) says:

    Thanks for sharing your hat plans. Any idea how to make a felt Cat hat? My great nephew will be one in a few days and his mummy wants to make this as hard for me as possible. Ha She thinks she’s hilarious.

  4. chantal says:

    cat in the hat

  5. This is a great easy and fun for me

  6. Kim says:

    Great idea! I’m still scared to let my littles use scissors!!

    • Melissa says:

      Haha! I hear you, Kim. I let my 2 y/o practice but only if I’m sitting at the table with him. My 4 y/o is getting better every day, but we did have to use quite a few pieces of tape to get his stripes looking right!

  7. Crystal Rodgers says:

    Super Cute, I am going to make these with the kiddo’s this weekend.

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