Saturday, July 30, 2011

Spirit, Let's Hear It

Who just finished that title with, "Let's Go, Fight, Win"?  Obviously I've been to too many youth football games and listened to entirely too many cheers.  This post has nothing to do with football or cheering, but lots to do with Spirit.  Specifically Spirit Hoods.  What, you've never heard of Spirit Hoods?  Neither had I.  These are Spirit Hoods.

Ridiculous, I know.  Even more ridiculous when you realize they want $130 for one of these.  Slightly less ridiculous when you see one on Jared Leto.

So here's the deal.  My good friend, Manhattan Diva, had been visiting several months ago.  As soon as she saw me, she said, "I need you to make us some Spirit Hoods."  I had no idea what she was talking about, so she pulled up the website while explaining that everyone was wearing one.  The Kardashian sisters, Vanessa Hudgens, etc. could all be seen walking around the city in one. 
Vanessa Hudgens

Now I looked at MD, and said, "um, sweetie, I'm a middle aged suburban housewife, I don't need or have any interest in looking like a Kardashian."  So she came back with, "But just think how fun it'll be when we're sitting around the campfire, being too loud, and the park ranger's flashlight comes bobbing up the way, and he sees us wearing Spirit Hoods." (insert big toothy smile here)  I replied, "I'll see what I can do."  Not wanting to have to here MD's inevitable, "I ask one thing..." - I made the Spirit Hoods and they were kind of fun to wear while camping last week.

So here's how I got there.  I cut out my pieces.  I made these on the fly, but drew up a quick cut sheet for you in Paint.  Most fake fur comes in 60" widths.  I used 2/3 of a yard for each hood with a little left over for pillows or something.
Make sure that you cut the pieces as I've drawn them so that the nap of the fur lies in the same direction when pieced together.  Cut the lining pieces the same size as the fur pieces except the back of the hood, and the ears which I'll explain later.  Sew the top edge of the mitten to the top edge of the mitten lining front sides together.

Open it up so that the back sides are together and pin to the front(fur side) of the side pieces.  Top stitch a 1/4" in the whole way around.  With longer fur(like my rabbit,) it's advisable to stitch with the furry side down so it doesn't get caught in your sewing foot.

It'll look like a sandwich like this of fur, lining, more fur.

Here's how the lined pocket looks from above.

Pin together the 2 sides at the top, and stitch across.  This creates a hair seam at the top of your head.

Take the ear triangles,

and pinch them to form ear shapes, and place a couple of stitches to hold them in shape.

Cut the ear lining slightly thinner than the fur triangles, so that the lining is the size of the pinched ear triangle.  Stitch right sides together along the side edges, leaving the bottom open,

and turn them out.  The top edge will have the fur in the seam like a bad comb over.

Take a pin and tease out the hair.

Pin the ears in place facing forward along the top back of the sides, and pin the back hood piece on lining up the center point with the hair seam.  Stitch this together.

Stitch the hood lining like you did the hood itself with the sides coming together at the top and the back stitched on the same way, except the back should be cut in two pieces with an extra inch of overlap in the center.

Pin the lining to the hood with right sides facing together.  Stitch a generous 3/4" all the way around the hood.  This will ensure that all your previous stitched pieces will be fully encapsulated, and won't show any piecework on the finished product.

Turn the hood out from the hole formed by the overlapping lining back pieces.  When it's turned out, stitch this closed.  I don't know how many of my readers will actually want to use this tutorial, but these only cost $12 each to make using Joann's coupons on the fur.

Thanks for popping in and sewing with me.  I'm linking up to Just a Girl's Show and Share Day.
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  1. Well for those who can sew and love em...this is a great tutorial. I am trendy but these are too funny!

  2. Is there anything you can't do? :)
    Thanks for sharing..

  3. They look so cute on you guys. Better than on the celebrities!

  4. So cute and how fun! Doesn't fit into my lifestyle (no campfire parties) but I bet you girls had a blast! :)

    Thanks for sharing your creativity - looks like a great tutorial!


  5. These are fantastic. I will have to make one for my daughter. Thanks for sharing the tutorial

  6. How awesome is this......I'm going to be going to Upstate My in October, do you want to give me sewing lessons? lol

  7. What a cute idea and they look like they'd be so much fun to cooler weather. :)
    Nicely done.

  8. Hahaha, that's hilarious! I skipped the sewing stuff because I only just figured out how to sew a button last year -- and I had to Google it -- but they turned out great! You ladies looked adorable in them, I must admit. (Though not as adorable as Jared... sorry ;)

  9. MMM. Jared Leto. This post rocks, laxsupermom!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice...

  10. I've been looking for templates to make my own spirit hat for so long! I really want a pink and purple one, as I'm dressing up as the Cheshire Cat for my 21st and a spirit hood would be perfect ^_^

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial!
    Nickie x

  11. Winderful. Thanks for sharing. :)


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