For Halloween this year I'm going to be Pikachu. It's a costume I've been saying I'll do for years and only just got around to. My Pokeball Bag was put on here a few days ago (link at the bottom if you wanna check it out - you can just see it in the background of the photo of me gurning at the camera at the top of this page) and here's the main part of the costume - the Pikachu Hoody!
(Well, hooded tshirt, but near enough).
There seems to be a lot of steps in the How To but don't be put off. It's a really simple make even for non-sewers, and there's only so many steps because I wanted to include as many photos as possible.
Pokeball bag: http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/pokeball-bag-halloween-candy-tub
First off we'll start with making all the bits before we attach them to the hoody. Starting with the ears.
Cut a basic template out of card as shown in the picture. I'm using 9"x9" felt squares to give you an idea of size.
Fold your felt square in half and pin the template in place, then cut round it. This should give you two ear shapes, which we will use to make one ear.
Sew around the two long edges, leaving the bottom open. Leave a seam allowance (space round the outside of the stitches) of about half a cm.
(Note - I hand sewed everything in this make because I was too lazy to go grab my sewing machine from the cupboard upstairs. It worked fine, but you can use a machine if you'd prefer).
Repeat steps 1 to 6 so that you have a second ear, and lay them to one side.
Cut out the pieces and sew them very neatly together.
I wanted a small floppy tail so that it didnt get in the way. If you want a stiffer tail, then you can do similar to the ears and make a stuffed version. I've seen photos where people have done similar and made huge tails, so it's whatever floats your boat really!
Whatever you choose, sew it up and put it to one side.
This bit is hard to explain!
Unpin the ear and (keeping it in position) flip it back on itself as shown. Then repin it and sew it to the hood using blanket stitch.
For non-sewers, there's a simple video about how to blanket stitch here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXkSE2TTF4s
Do this for both ears.
Next, grab your tail and position it where you want it. I chose to put it higher up than initially planned to keep it out of the way. On mine, it rests sort of on my tail bone (irony!) just above my bum, but you could put it nearer the hoody's hem if you wanted a more dangly tail, or if you stuffed it and it's a bit stronger.