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HAPPY Holidays — Make Monster Snow Hats!

I’m Jessica from Running With Scissors and I’m excited to share a simple sewing holiday gift idea!
I love handmade gifts, (check out the dollhouse I’m hoping to finish by Christmas) and I love sewing for kids–especially boys (you might remember my dino tails).
Even though this pattern and tutorial may be coming too late to sew in time for Christmas, you could always make some as a gift from Jack Frost.
At our house Jack Frost leaves you little things Santa forgot on New Years Eve if you leave your stocking up.
Or if you don’t have kids on your gift list this year, you could use the pattern to sew some plain hats for teenagers–these ones are for my nieces in their high school colors!
To make these plain hats, follow directions below but skip all the monster face additions.  
These are also reversible!
But on to the monsters!
I really wanted to share both monster variations but didn’t want to bog down Jen’s series with a massive post, so this tutorial is just for the three-eyed monster hat.
You can find the tutorial for the striped monster hat upcycled from a men’s light sweater on my blog today with the round horns, yarn hair, and pointed teeth:
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Monster Snow Hats:
Three Eyed Version
**Please be respectful of my designs and only use for personal use.  Not intended for commercial sale or manufacture, even on a home based scale.
Make them for yourself or as gifts, but I’d appreciate not using my pattern and instructions for profit.  Thanks. Questions email me: runningscissor@gmail.com
So here we go!
3 pages, select no scaling or print at 100%
Pattern includes three sizes: toddler, kid, and teen/ adult
Supplies:
1/2 yard outer fabric (fleece, faux fur, minky, upcycled sweater)
1/2 yard lining (knit, flannel, any of the above)
scraps for monster elements
scraps of fusible interfacing
yarn
buttons for eyes
handful of polyfil batting
INSTRUCTIONS:
all seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted
CUT and TRACE
Cut out hat piece from lining and outer fabric, taking note of the fold on the pattern pieces.
For the three eyed monster you’ll need six eye shapes from your the fabric.
Trace the mouth pieces and eye circles on fusible interfacing.
Select the scraps for monster elements and iron interfacing according to manufacture instructions to wrong side of fabric.
Cut out shapes
MAKE EYES
1. Sew the eye circles on right side of three eye fabric shapes.  I use a narrow zig-zag stitch with barely any stitch length (applique stitch) to make the thick applique border.  If fabric has stretch, use a coffee filter to stabilize.
2. Sew on button eyes using black thread to create the pupils.
3. Take remaining three eye fabric pieces and place (right sides together) with a button sewn eye.
4.  Sew around edge with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving bottom open.
5. Turn right side out and stuff each eye with batting. *I stuff them pretty firmly to help them stand up on finished hat
Finish Monster Face
Sew center front seam with outer fabric.  Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew from pointed top of hat to fold.
Rather than just sewing off fabric to create a point, taper seam into fold to create the curve of the front of the hat.
Pin teeth to mouth piece.  Using same applique zig-zag stitch, outline each tooth, sewing it to mouth piece.  Once teeth are sewn on, trim away solid bars along mouth piece edge.
Open outer fabric hat and pin finished mouth to center of hat vertically.
Sew around mouth with applique stitch.
Attach Eyes and Finish Outer Hat
Sew center back seam opposite fold (with right sides together).
Pin finished eyes to hat front, making sure the front of the eye is right sides to the mouth.
Pin one eye on center seam, then the other two 1″ to each side.
Baste eyes to hat, making sure you sew through stuffed batting to help eyes stand up when finished.
Line up hat right sides together (front to back) and sew curved seam that goes ear to ear.  Sew seam, remembering to taper into folds on each end again.
Eyes should be facing forward when turned right side out.
MAKE YARN POM POM STRAPS
Cut lengths of yarn.
For the braided strap, cut 12 pieces 36″ long each.  Separate them into two sections of 6 strands.
For the pom-pom, cut 50 to 75 short strands 6-7″ long.  Cut the stack in half to make to two piles of 3 to 3.5″ long strips.
1. Lay out one section of 6 (36″ long) strand of yarn.  Find center and lay one pile of short yarn across.
2. Tie long yarn ends around center of short pile.
3. Pull as tight as you can, making the short pile squish into a pom pom.
4.  Tie another loop on top of first to create a square knot, pulling it as tight as you can again.
5. Separate long strands into three sections, with 4 pieces in each section.
6. Braid long strands tightly to the end.
Sew Lining and Complete Hat
Sew lining into hat, first sewing the front and back seams, then lining seams in the center and sewing the curved seam from ear to ear.  Remember to taper all seams into fold for rounded smooth shape of finished hat.
Determine how long you prefer the straps and sew braids to right side of lining at center of ear flap.  Pom poms should be up toward head.  Sew forward and back in seam allowance to secure straps.
Place outer hat (inside out) over lining (right side out) with pom poms up in hat and align bottom edges.
Sew around bottom edge of hat, making sure to leave a section unsewn that will make a 4-5″ hole for turning.  Position hole at back of hat.
Pull both outer hat and lining through hole, turning hat right side out.  Push lining back up into hat and smooth out edges, especially around ear flaps.
Fold raw edges under and pin hole closed.
Top-stitch around bottom seam of hat 1/4″ from edge, sewing hole closed and finishing bottom seam.
You’re Finished!!
Thanks for having me Jen and hope this pattern and tutorial make some quick gifts for toddlers, kids, teens and even adults this holiday season!
Oh my goodness – how cute are those??? 
Jessica has amazing ideas.
You might remember her Dragon Tails tutorial:
And be sure to see her DIY Doll House:
And you will love Jessica’s refashions, like this Skirted Hipster Hoodie:
You will love following along with one of my very favorite blogs –
I can’t wait to see what Jessica comes up with in 2013!! 
HAPPY Holidays!!
xox
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Comments

  1. How cute are those!? Makes me wish I knew some kids to make some for! It’s probably not too appropriate for a 50 yr old woman to wear a monster hat…is it?

  2. these are just brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing

  3. I how fun, I have a granddaughter who is a shark loving fan. Plus grandson who loves draqons…he is a train the dragon lover

  4. These are ADORABLE…I need to make one for my grandson!! Thanks so much for sharing!! =)

  5. Jess – those are amazing! I love, love, love those hats!!! Thank you so much for sharing – they are fabulous!

  6. Those are so adorable Jessica. Thanks for sharing them with us!!

    xoxo

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  1. [...] Jessica from Running With Scissors guest blogs in the Happy Holidays series at Tatertots and Jello with a tutorial showing how to make this awesome three-eyed monster hat.  How cute is this!!  And made from fleece with long flaps over the ears, it’ll keep a child warm when they’re out playing in the cold weather.  Go to her tutorial. [...]