Monday, November 22, 2010
The idea for these hats came from a high school friend whose son enjoyed the movie "How to Train your Dragon." (If you haven't seen it, you might have guessed, there are vikings in it!) I loved the idea of this hat because in my head it seemed like such a fun project! I made a couple hats and did some experimenting to try to figure out exactly how to make this work. I still think there is a better way to do it, but I'll save that for another day. These hats are made entirely of fleece (and stuffing). They consist of a basic fleece hat with an embellished center seam and band. The center seam and hat band have "rivets" on them that are fleece circles I stuffed to give the hat a sort of 3-D look. The horns were attached by hand-sewing the base of them to a circle of fleece, then attaching this circle to the hat. These were a bit of a pain to figure out! I originally was going to make ear flaps so that these would be really warm and winter-ready but the first one I made was long enough to cover my daughter's ears by itself, so I left the ear flaps off. The second one was a bit smaller and would be better suited for a younger child. The inside of these hats is "unfinished," meaning that they are not lined, but they are still really warm.