The fez is a headdress, usually made of felt, that is worn in formal and informal occasions in the Mediterranean area of the world.
Sometimes in the northern regions, such as Greece or Cyprus, it was worn by woman, but the southern countries, it is primarily on the top of men’s heads. In some areas of North Africa, it could be different colors, including red, black or white.
As a child, I remember my father wearing a black fez, with a black, thick tassel, in Libya during the holiday seasons when he worn a traditional outfit. However, while we were in Morocco this past summer, I noticed that the shops in Fez sold mostly red hats.
I spent some time with one of the shop keepers learning about the history of these fascinating hats. I learned they were used in the Ottoman area by the military and while they were banned in some areas, others in fraternal organizations use them with pride.
While cleaning out my studio for Earth Day this past weekend, I came across an extra K-cup favor that had been left over from our past craft. Instead of throwing it away, we used it on a headband to celebrate these special hats.
Now it will go in the pretend trunk for many more afternoons of play. All the directions to make the fez hat are here and you’ll also need these items to make the headband.
Place the Kcup over the felt and trace it out.
Cut out the circle from the felt.
Remove the backing from the felt and add it to the underside of the headband. Add the fez hat favor to the top.
Now your fez headband is ready for wear.
To check out other fez hats we recycled out of a party cup, be sure to check out our fez party hat.
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