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!!
- 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.
Tada!! You've made a bear hood!
Got a son?? He'll love it too!
If you make one, please share your photos on our facebook page! I'd love to see!