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« on: August 03, 2011 11:56:48 AM »

Furry Animal Hood!

I wanted to make a furry hood with animal ears to wear at Burning Man. I found lots of pictures for inspiration, but no patterns or tutorials for what I wanted. There were lots of hat patterns, but they are all made up of 4 or 5 pieces to sew together, and I think fur looks much better if there are fewer seams. Or they are intended for polar fleece, which has stretch and fur doesnt! So I decided to make my own pattern, where there is only one seam along the fur, and it doesnt even go all the way down! And in the Burning Man spirit of gifting, I figured I'd share my pattern and the instructions, and post a little tute. Please let me know if anything is confusing.

Credit where credit is due - I was inspired by this instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sew-a-Where-the-Wild-Things-Are-hat-pattern/ and this etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BeastWares?section_id=8167601 and the video for the ears later on...

1/2 yard lining fabric - cotton, fleece, etc
1/2 yard fun fur in main colour
scraps of contrasting fun fur for the ears & pompoms
3/4 yard cord or ribbon
1 sheet sticky back felt or thick felt and some glue
sewing machine, thread, needle for hand sewing, utility knife or razor, scissors, tapestry needle
Pattern files: TOP  BOTTOM

1. Print out pattern files, There is a top and a bottom, you have to print each separately, then tape them together, aligning the thick line. You need to have your printer set to print landscape, and make sure it prints the original size - no auto-rotate and centre or anything. There are 5cm lines on the pattern you can measure to make sure it came out right (dont use the faded 2 one, its a little bit too short)

2. Cut out hood pattern on fold of cotton fabric, sew top seam with seam, leaving a gap for turning it right side out later.


3. Fold fur in half, fur side together, with the grain of the fur pointing down. Align hood pattern onto fold on wrong side of fur, trace it. Unfold fur, flip the pattern along fold line, trace other side of hood pattern. Cut out with utility knife. Don't use scissors on fur or its really messy! Sew top seam, tucking fur to inside.

4. Pin fur to lining, right side together. Start by matching up the centre front and centre back, then pin the flap part next, then the straight parts. Tuck the fur to the inside. I know no one likes pinning, but please dont skip this step!

5. Cut cord in half, tie a knot in one end of each piece. Tuck each piece into the inside of the pinned together hat, at the bottom of each flap. Leave the knotted end outside, pin it along the seam.

6. Starting at the back, sew the lining to the fur. Carefully sew over each knot of cord as you reach it.

7. Using the gap in the seam on the centre inside, turn the hat right side out. Poke out the earflaps. Sew the inside seam.

8. Draft and sew ears using this video tutorial:
(sticky back felt works faster than gluing on plain felt)
I hope that video works for everyone as well as it worked for me! It will make fox ears, If you want cat ears just make them smaller, if you want bear ears, make them round on top. Im not sure if the video mentions it, but the grain of the fur should be going up toward the top.

9. Choose one or two accent colours of contrasting fur to  stick in the ears, and cut them into small squares (about 2" square). Sew them into a little tube, flip it right side out, and stick in between where you fold the edge of the ear over, raw edges all along the bottom. Baste the bottom of each ear together by hand.

10. Try on the hat, figure out the best placement for the ears. Pin one down (safety pins seemed to work best for me), then sew it on. Sew the second one on symmetrically. (You can also stick the hat on a foam head and pin the ears directly to the foam.)

11. For the poms poms - cut two 3" squares out of the man fur. Cut two rectangles that are slightly narrower but longer then the square out of one contrasting fur. Cut two more rectangles out  of the other contrasting fur that are a little narrower and longer than the last ones. Sew each rectangle into a little tube, long sides together, with one open and one closed end. You should have six little tubes. Flip them fur side out.

12. Stick the narrowest tube on the end of a pencil. Stick the middle sized one over top, and the biggest over top of that. So now the smaller tubes are all jammed inside the bigger one, and you have a nice furry pom pom that you don;t have to stuff, with your accent colours just barely sticking out the bottom. Thread the end of the hat cord onto a tapestry needle, and stick it through the tubes, from the outside of the closed end, to the inside of the stacked tubes. It might be easier to kind of separate them to get the needle through, and then jam them back together. Tie a big knot on the end, and pull the fur pom pom down to the end.

Done! Wear your hat with pride! Hope to see you on the playa!

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011 12:10:43 PM »

this makes me wish we were finished unpacking! I have all the supplies in my sewing boxes but we can't get to them yet >.<

I can't WAIT to make this, its perfect, its exactly what i'm looking for! (I wanted a hat and paw gloves for so long, found a good pattern for the gloves lately... but not the hat)

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2011 12:15:50 PM »

Thanks so much! I hope you can get to your sewing supplies soon!

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011 12:20:13 PM »

I'm sure i will... gonna get hubby to be to help me find the boxes next week after the current project i'm working on is done (he made me promise until we get unpacked only one project at a time)
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011 01:30:22 PM »

Awesome hat! Thanks so much for the tutorial too! I'd like to make this some day (after I get through what seems like a thousand projects I have lined up *sigh*).
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011 01:57:06 PM »

It is perfect! Thank you for posting the tutorial, I want to make this for myself as soon as I can buy the right material. And I totally agree with you about fur looking better with fewer seams. This project really proves it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011 02:07:27 PM »

A tutorial, even?!  You rock!  That is a freakin' awesome hat!  I want to make one for my niece and nephew now, and it doesn't even look too hard to make.  I have very VERY basic sewing skills.


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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011 02:34:08 PM »

Very awesome! Thanks for the tute!!

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2011 03:57:05 PM »

I want to make one!  Thanks for the tute...I seriously need to be wearing something like this this winter. seriously.

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« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2011 04:05:37 PM »

Thanks for the comments everyone!

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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2011 09:47:24 AM »

Awesome! If I make it, I'll psot it on here? No promises cause ya no how those go.. but this looks pretty easy. Thanks so much!

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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2011 07:42:53 AM »

It is pretty easy to make! Sewing is not my best crafting skill (I am much more of a knitter) but I love making costumes & burning man outfits, and fur is surprisingly forgiving! The fur hides all the messy stitches from sewing the ears on by hand.

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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2011 01:16:28 PM »

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing<3! Requesting some Playa-action-shots XD I Wish I could make it to the Man this year. have a blasty blast sister, Namaste
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« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2011 10:41:31 AM »

I'm currantly sitting in my sub-zero bio classroom and This hat will totally save me from certain death :3 As soon as I get paid, I'll be heading off to the fabric shop <3 Thank you for the pattern.


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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2011 10:56:57 AM »

OK, so it's not from the playa, but here's an action shot of the hat at nuit blanche in toronto, with my matching bike.


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« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2011 12:00:53 PM »

LOVE the tutorial!! I made one but had a little trouble sewing on the ears just because so much fur! Any tips???
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2012 06:52:01 PM »

I finally got around to making one of these, with a couple little changes - smaller along the top, no extra fur in the ears, and different "pom poms." It's lined in fleece and I just used iron on interfacing inside the ears for stiffness (ironed onto the fleece). Thanks again for the tutorial!

To anyone having trouble sewing the ears on with all that fur: I noticed it got a bit easier when I switched to a curved needle.

« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2012 06:25:05 AM »

thank you so much for sharing this! i have been looking for something unique to make my daughter for her 13th b-day and this is it! it's great for her age, it's not babyish but still fun. in fact, i may make myself a set as well!

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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2012 10:39:00 AM »

Thank you so much for this tutorial - I just made two hats yesterday for a decompression and they are purrrrfect!

The directions were really detailed, they fit great and are really cool!
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« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2012 10:57:53 PM »

This is great
- you inspired me to make some furry Elmo and Cookie Monster hats for my boys
See my blog how they turned out - Thanks heaps

« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2012 07:47:55 AM »

I finished another one of these yesterday.

One of the ears is floppier than the other, so they look uneven, but after re-doing it like 3 times I resigned to this.
Having a floppy ear is part of an animal's charm anyways, right?  Tongue

The fur is left over from this outfit, so I can have a hat to wear with it.

Thanks again for sharing the pattern! It's an awesome base to go off of (I've made some changes to it, but they're not obvious)
« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2012 08:29:44 PM »

Just wanted to say thank you for this tutorial. I bought some remnant fun fur and didnt know where to begin. This was great!! I'm definitely more of a crafter than a sew-er, and this was super easy to understand. I didn't do the multicolor fur because I only had one color, and I ended up not being able to use the fold for the fur because of the size of my remnant (I sewed the two halves together).

My version:


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Thanks again,

« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2013 08:12:19 PM »

Where did you guys find the faux fur? I'm looking to make one of these for my Grateful Dead Dancing Bear halloween costume, but I need purple faux fur. I'm in Miami. Any suggestions?
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2014 04:27:50 PM »

You inspired my yoda hat! Cheesy I was going to a hat party with my friends and I already had a hat but my other half didn't so I said "why don't I make you one?" so we are both lovers of Star Wars anyway so I stumbled across this and it was so easy to follow with the out come i wanted at the end! THANK YOU XX https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1504140_788317164516418_85160973_n.jpg
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2014 09:55:26 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial. I'll make one by myself for next winter  Grin
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2015 05:15:12 PM »

OMG This is so cute!  Thanks for the instructional Smiley
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2016 07:24:59 AM »

Thank you for this tutorial! It was exactly what I needed for a project. I'm sorry I haven't commented sooner, but I just joined the site.

Here is the one I made for a friend. She wanted a rainbow unicorn hood, so I added a mane to this and shaped the ears to be more horse like. The horn was created after this picture.
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« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2016 01:56:34 PM »

Oh wow! thank you for this, my daughter would LOVE It! Time to go to Hobby Lobby!! haha

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