Hooded Animal Scarves

I’m excited to finally share the tutorial for these hooded animal scarves that I started making last year! I’m also guest posting on Get Your Crap Together today with some free applique/stencil patterns (seriously, you don’t want to miss the cutest mohawk-ed rubber duckie ever!)

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This pattern is sized for a child. John has a 20″ head, although for the record, my head is 21″ and the hood mostly fits me. It’s really easy to size up just by adding a bit to the hood and lengthening the scarf.

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There are three ear options: puppy, pointed, and round. Depending on your fabric choices, you can make a cat, racoon, mouse, bear, skunk, or (obviously) a puppy, and just in time for Halloween!

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For this zebra one, I used a soft corduroy and lined it with minky from Fabric.com – seriously, theirs is the softest I have ever felt! The pockets can be on the inside or the outside of the scarf. Tim’s is made all from fleece – I shortened the scarf, left off the pockets, and shaved a touch off the hood to make it a little smaller.

First off, you’ll need your pattern pieces:

  • Hooded Animal Scarf Pattern
  • About 1 yard each main and lining fabric – you won’t actually use the whole yard, but you’ll need the length for the scarf. If you use the same fabric for both sides, you could use one yard total
  • Small amount of polyfill if desired
  • Regular sewing equipment
  • Seam allowance is 3/8″ except for the ears which are 1/4″

The long sides of each paper have two “x”s to line up. Tape it together and cut out the pieces. Cut two hood/scarves (reverse one) and one center hood (on the fold) of your main and lining. Don’t cut the ear slit until you decide which ears you want to use. If you’re adding the pockets, cut 2 6″x12” rectangles.

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The last pattern page has the ear patterns. Decide which one you want and cut out two each from the main and lining. For the pointed and rounded ears, go ahead and cut the ear slit. I didn’t add a slit for the puppy ears because you can change the “personality” by the way they’re angled. Make a 2″ line at the end of the ear slit and cut just that.

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Sew one main ear to one lining ear, right sides together, with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat. Make sure to use lots of pins if you are using minky to keep it from slipping around.

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Cut close to the stitching line with a pair of pinking shears (or cut out small triangles with regular scissors).

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Turn right side out. If you want to make them stand up a little more, add a little bit of polyfill inside each.

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Slid the open end of the ear into the ear slit on the hood. Pull the rest of the hood away from the end so it’s straight. Push the ear together a little so you have at least 1/2″ of excess ear slit (to get the zebra ears, I pushed the ears as tight as I could). Pin.

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Stitch in a slightly curved line, backstitching at the beginning and end. Finish with a zig zag stitch if desired.

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For the puppy ears, construct them the same way. Then make a small pleat at the open end and slid it inside the hole you made. Make sure the lining is against the hood or you’ll have upside down ears!

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Pin and stitch in a slightly curved line.

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Pin the hood center to the main hood, starting at the forehead. Make sure the wider end of the hood center is at the forehead and the smaller end at the neck.Stitch, backstitching at the beginning and end. Make sure not to catch the ears in the seam.

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The center may not line up perfectly with the hood at the neck. This is fine – just trim the extra.

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Repeat for the lining, again trimming the neck if necessary.

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Fold the pocket pieces in half, wrong sides together. Lay on the ends of the scarf, right sides together.

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Baste with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Pin the lining to the main fabric, right sides together, matching the neck and forehead seams and the corners of the scarf. Be sure to mark a 4″-6″ section on the back of one of the scarf pieces to leave open. I use two pins right next to each other to remind myself where to stop.

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Sew, backstitching at the sides of the opening. Trim the bottom of the corners and around the curves of the neck (I used pinking shears).

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Turn right side out. Decide which side of the scarf you want the pockets on.

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Topstitch to close the hole you left for turning. Topstitch the rest of the scarf if desired.

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Enjoy your scarf!

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  2. Hi there. Seems to be a problem with your free tutorial links. They have been all opening up this past week to the hooded animal scarves tutorial instead of the actual one that was sent out in your daily email notice.

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