Sometimes, when it’s chilly outside you need something that will warm you up and put a smile on your face and the faces of those around you. That’s exactly what Monster Wear Hat & Mittens are for! Spring may be starting to show its first signs of arrival, but there’s more winter yet to weather and what better way to weather it than with a faux fur hat with ears and mittens with claws.
I first designed this hat and mittens as a costume to wear to a Yuri’s night celebration in 2008 (it was an all day science exhibition and rave to celebrate the first man in space, held at a NASA base. Pretty dang cool. I was a Moon Monster.) It became my go-to hat for staying warm while dancing all night. It got worn to a lot of raves, even more camping trips, and even went to Burning Man a couple of times.
I found myself wearing the monster hat and mittens in my everyday life as well and noticed that, while it brought smiles to the faces of other ravers at parties, it brought even bigger smiles to the faces of the barista at the coffee shop, the kids I walked past on the sidewalk, the young man bagging my groceries, my elderly neighbor out on his daily walk.
My pink fur hat finally fell apart, but I wasn’t ready to give up the smiles of those around me, so I decided to sew a new Monster Hat and Mittens and write them into a pattern so you can spread smiles among those around you too!
Simple customizations can make this hat truly yours. Are you self proclaimed crazy cat lady? Change the shape of the ears. Not feeling quite so sartorially silly? Leave off the ears and claws entirely and you’re left with a simple and elegant pair of accessories.
To make this pattern accessible to sewists of all levels and learning styles, I’ve filmed a step-by-step sewalong video that is 3.5 hrs long! You can purchase it with your pdf copy of the pattern.
Read more details about the pattern on the Monster Wear page of my website and pick up a copy for yourself! In the next couple of weeks I’ll be posting some helpful tutorials as well as a step-by-step photo sewalong on my blog. Subscribe to my blog by RSS or email to make sure that you’re getting all the posts, or check in on the Monster Wear page for an index of all of the relevant information.