The theme for this week's challenge at Project Run and Play is Valentine's Day. It is not a day I usually put a lot of effort into, except to help our kids make cards for their classmates each year. At first I was worried I would only be able to come up with cutesy ideas for my look, and while the above picture is certainly cute, the humor helps it veer away from cutesy.
The hooded scarf is actually a great project for a beginning sewer. I have taught sewing classes for kids, and this is always a successful activity. These scarves both began as long sleeved shirts. I was able to use some shiny scrap fabric and foam to make the horn and antennae.
Cut straight across the shirt at the armpits. The lower portion will become the hood, and the neck and sleeves will function as the scarf.
Fold the lower portion of the shirt in half, taking care to line up the bottom hem and smoothing out wrinkles. A lot of mass produced shirts are put together a little wonky, so this takes special attention sometimes. This gives the hood a double thickness, which makes it lay nicely on your head, and is really cozy. The bottom hem will be the edge of the hood, framing your face. (If you make this with kids, you could always cut the shirt at the side seams and forego the two ply version so it is easier to sew through).
After you pin and sew your hood (right sides together) and then flip it right side out, pin the hood to the inside of the neckline of the shirt. I like to center it above the label first and work my way out to the edges. The bottom edge of the top portion can be flipped inside out and pinned right sides together and sewn at this point, too. Now attach the hood to the neck, and you are done! This is an extremely versatile pattern that can be customized into just about anything. I also added a bias trim made from other t-shirts to make these a little more special.
I am just so happy with how these turned out. The little boy in the picture with my daughter is a close family friend and I have been wanting to sew something for both of them for a while. I had actually planned on a Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum look for my Alice collection last fall (it was going to be my PR&P Boy's Week last season, too), but was too overwhelmed with my new job to get it done. They are the same age and often get asked if they are twins. They even both got glasses in first grade. Despite a makeshift shoot in the garage (raining in the Pacific Northwest again, go figure), dead camera batteries, and switching to an iPhone midway, they were pretty cooperative...until I asked them to hold hands. I am not ashamed to admit I stooped to bribing, and will be taking them out for ice cream after school this week.