A while back while browsing through Joanns (seriously one of my favorite relaxing things to do) I came across this book, “Drawing Cute Animals in colored Pencil” by Ai Akikusa, and it really caught my eye. I loved that it was a book about drawing in colored pencils because unlike watercolor/paint, there is no need for extra materials (brush, water, mixing tray, etc), nor do you need special paper. You just need nice coloring pencils (believe me they do make a difference, crayola versus professional artist grade color pencils) and regular paper. I ended up purchasing the book for my mom because she loves to draw animals!
As I looked through the book several more times, the cute animals inspired me to sew something for Barnaby. Lately he has learned say “ROAAR!” whenever we say “lion!” or “bear!”. The two seem indistinguishable, and he says “ROAR!” for both of them. I decided to make a lion hat first since his “ROAR!” sounds more like that of a Lion’s. Bear hat may be coming soon, but I have to admit the cute Alpaca in the book is calling for me to make it as well!
Originally I wanted to the mane part to be fur, but couldn’t find any suitable fur at Joanns, so I found this tutorial on Youtube about making fur from yarn. Unfortunately, when I tried it out on the yarn I purchased, the resulting fur looked messy and crazy. My guess is I probably need 100% wool yarn to make it look as nice as the one in the tutorial. Nevertheless, I ended up using the tutorial’s technique (chain stitching the yarn strands together) and keeping the yarn intact as opposed to combing it out. I’m pleased with the look of this mane!
Later I also found this tutorial from ANightOwlblog.com that ties the yarn strand together (instead of using crochet needle) specifically for making a lion mane. I think this will work out nicely as well!
- 1/3 Yard Mustard fleece (I used Blizzard fleece from Joanns)
- 1/3 Yard White felt
- 1/8 Yard Sandstone felt (I used craft felt from Joanns)
- Scraps of Black felt
- Matching Thread
- 1/2” wide white sew-on velcro
- Thick yarn of appropriate color (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick Yarn in Butterscotch)
- My free lion hat accessories pattern (available in my free resource library)
- Chin Strap Hat Pattern Purchase here
Sewing Machine with zigzag stitch option
Chalk for marking
1/2” seam allowance is already included in the pattern so you do not need to add seam allowance when sewing. This means that when sewing the pattern pieces together, sew 1/2”in from the edge of the fabric.
Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam. You do not want your handwork unraveling!
When sewing two pieces of the hat together, ALWAYS makes sure the right sides are facing each other and that you are sewing on the wrong side of the fabric. Later on you will turn the hat inside out so that the sewed part is hidden on the inside.
*I used size F5 because that’s all I had, but recommended size for thick wool-ease yarn is N13
Print Chin Strap Hat Pattern and Lion hat accessories pattern. Piece the hat pattern together as indicated and cut the pattern pieces out on fabric.
Attaching Mane to Hat
Completed views of Lion hat.
There’s a little lion hard at work in the back patio, ROAAAR! Is he gardening or tearing up the place?
Let me know in the comments below if you tried this project or if there are other tutorials you would like to see. Happy Sewing!