DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial

So I'm working on a fun little project for you all! I'm rounding up Fall fashion trends for the kiddos, just in time for back to school! One of my favorite cold-weather pieces I keep stumbling across is the animal hooded scarf. Immediately I thought of the Living DIY Style's Hoodie Cowl pattern, and how cute it would be if I added "arms" to the pattern! I decided I couldn't tease you with the finished product in my fashion trend post without including a little how-to first! So here's your tutorial folks, I hope you love it!!

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification

  • First, start with your favorite animal hood pattern. I chose this one from Living DIY Style (show them some facebook love, too, ya'll!) and stitched up the hood per pattern instructions. 
  • Make a mark inwards 6 inches from the front corner of your hood, along the bottom of your hood. 
  • Mark from the back of the cowl/hood at the base of the neck to the 6 inch mark you just made. Cut. These will be the parts of the scarf that slope forward over your child's shoulders. 
  • I tried the hood on my mini model, and measured from the end of the scarf pieces down to her finger tips. Add 1 inch. This is measurement Y (in the case of my 2-3T, 8 inches).
  • Cut 2 main and 2 lining, 6in x Y measurement. These are your scarf "arms".
  • To add an optional pocket, measure your child's hand. Add 1 inch for hem allowance. This is measurement Z. Cut two 6in x Z. Fold over your hem allowance and sew. Baste onto the bottom of your main arm pieces. 
  • To add an optional paw print, cut 2 more 5in x Z. I traced paw prints (one mirror image) from my laptop screen onto interfacing, and followed this intro to embroidery tutorial.
  • Then stitch the the arm main and lining pieces together at the bottom. It's not necessary to do this in this order, but it helped me to make sure I didn't stitch over my embroidered paw print.
  • Stitch RST the top arm pieces (main and lining) to the bottom of the hood. 
  • Sew around the perimeter of the hood arms, leaving a 4 inch opening in the back of the hood for turning.
  • Turn and stitch opening closed. 
  • Add optional button and button hole at the base of front hood. 
DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification | DIY Overall mash-up @willowandco Clover Shorts and @TheMouseHouse Sydney Pinafore

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification | DIY Overall mash-up @willowandco Clover Shorts and @TheMouseHouse Sydney Pinafore

Tada!! You've made a bear hood! 

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification | DIY Overall mash-up @willowandco Clover Shorts and @TheMouseHouse Sydney Pinafore

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification | DIY Overall mash-up @willowandco Clover Shorts and @TheMouseHouse Sydney Pinafore

Got a son?? He'll love it too!

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification

DIY Bear Scarf Tutorial - A @livingdiystyle1 Hoodie Cowl Pattern Modification

If you make one, please share your photos on our facebook page! I'd love to see! 

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Becca DuVal

Hi there! I'm Becca: a wife, momma, and serial-crafter juggling a fancy camera, sewing machine, and preschool drop-off. Here you'll find the latest in my sewing exploits, portraiture projects, and family adventures!

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