This scoodie is super duper cozy... My brother was inspired by some fleece hats on the internet, and wanted me to help him design one for his girlfriend as a birthday gift. How could I refuse? I whipped up this pattern in about an hour from scratch. While it looks really interesting, it's actually a really simple design! It was my brother's first project, and it took him about six hours to cut out and assemble all the pieces, but for a more experienced seamstress, you could probably whip one of these up in two episodes of Grey's Anatomy. The size of all the pieces isn't critical... And the ear shapes can be pretty easily changed to be any kind of animal!
So, in total you will need twelve pieces... BUT! Don't cut them out yet! In each step, I'll show you how to go about getting your individual "measurements". This is a really easy project, so you can just "make" your own pattern as you go along. First, the ears!
You might want to practice your ear shape on scrap fabric first. If you want an ear that folds over, you'll need a shape like the one on the left... (It's fatter than you would think for a fox.) This might also be a nice shape for a kitty ear, if you don't fold it.
Experiment with sizes and shapes on scrap fabric until you get one you like! Any ear that folds or is smallish will hold it's shape just fine. For bigger ears, you might need to stabilize them with pipecleaners or cardboard.
Cut your ear shape out of fabric. Make sure you reverse it for the second ear! You will need one of each side for both an outside (red, brown, etc) and a lining (white or pink, usually).
F.3- If your animal has tips on it's ears, remember that you can't just cut the pattern in half... You'll need a seam allowance. Find the "line" you want to make, then cut each piece half an inch past that. (They will overlap when they make the shape of the ear.)
F.4- Put the right sides of the ear body and ear tip together, then sew them together. Trim this seams and press it open with your fingers, if you can. (You don't want bulky seams in your ears. They will make them awkward and lumpy.)
F.5 - Put your completed ear front together with the inside ear piece, right sides together. Sew along the two outer edges, but don't sew the part that attaches to the hood. Trim this seam as well, and make little snips around the tip to help it not get bunched up.
Turn your ears inside out, and voila! You're almost a fox! You could stop now and just attach these to hairclips or a headband. But you're probably too badass for that. Oh yes.
Now onto the hood. Before we get started, go to a mirror. Bring your beautiful new ears with you. Move them around on your head until you find where you like them best. Now, take a measuring tape or string (you made need a friend's help) and find your "A" and your B".
A - From the top center of your head, down the side to the BOTTOM of the ear. It's important that it's not the top, because you might accidentally fold it differently when you're actually sewing it.
B- From the back center of your head, to the ear. Find the largest distance this can be, while still being parralel to the floor. (Over the biggest portion of your skull.)
Now, trace a big ole' hood shape onto newspaper / scrap fabric. Maybe trace one off a hoodie you really like, or just freehand it. It's just a rectangle with a curved corner. Now, make it one inch taller than you want, and TWO inches wider. (This is to account for a half inch seam allowance all the way around, PLUS the seam that runs down the middle.) Check what I mean in the gorgeous blue numbers. You can use a different seam allowance, but make sure you adjust your math!
Now, cut that puppy in half. Measure "B" from the back of the hood, and draw a vertical line from there. This is the seam your ear gets sewn into. Drawn a big fat mark, or stick a pin, at distance "A" down the seam from the top.
Now, cut out two of these shapes from your good fabric. (Remember to reverse one) Each time, mark the bottom of "A" with a pin or a line of chalk.
Make a happy sandwich. The ear (meat) stays right-side-out, and the two hood pieces (one hood-front and one hood-back) make the right-side-in pieces of bread. (Figure 11)
Arranging the ear- Fold the ear as you want it to appear on the final hood. This folded side should face the "Front" half of the hood. (So that when it's finished, the ear faces forwards) Remember to line up the ear bottom with the "A" mark from before. Sew up this seam.
Open it up. It should look like this! (Yay!!!) If you did it right, rinse and repeat with the second side.
Take your two hood-sides and stick them together. Tuck your beautiful ears forward and away from the seam you are about to sew. Then, sew up and around the back of the hood. (Figure 11) Quilters and experienced seamsters, go ahead and press open the other seam with your fingers as you pass it. Novices, ignore what I just said. :)
Now's the time to hem the front edge of the hood. (Figure 12) If you are inexperienced, or lazy, fleece doesn't really NEED to be hemmed. But it will make your work look nice and smooth. (Especially if you have difficulty cutting straight edges). Just fold over a bit of the right side onto the wrong side, and sew it down.
Now for the scarf! Cut out a long strip of fabric approximately 9 inches wide and as long as you want your scarf to be. If you're using a shorter piece of fabric, just cut out two strips and sew them in the middle. (Figure 13)
Then, lay your hood open across the completed scarf, right sides together. (Figure 14) Make sure you line up the center seams together! (Or mark the center of a seamless scarf with a pin.) Sew the scarf to the hood, taking care to reinforce the edges, which will receive the most strain.
Then, hem all the way around your scarf edges if you desire. (Figure 15 and 16). Since these would show from a lot of angles, I folded my hem twice, so that no loose edge was peaking out. You can do a simple one-fold hem, or leave it plain. You could even attach trim, or sew a strip of tassles along the short ends! Whatever floats your boat~!
Enjoy your scarf! Here's some more ideas...
-For a three-dimensional look, you can "Tack" the ears open with a couple stitches. Pull each ear open a bit and sew them against the hood like that.
-To be extra warm, sew pockets into the ends of your scarf. You can even make them look like paws by sewing little black or pink pawprints to them!
-Trim the scarf ends into "point" shapes and add white tips to them to make them look like tails.
-Add tufts of faux-fur inside them ears. Add them afterwards, or tuck them into the seam of Step 5. This works for the tail idea, too!
-Try different fabrics... Or line the hood in a contrasting colour.
The sky's the limit! Enjoy, and please let me know if you try it! :)