Monster Mittens Sewalong

What follows is step by step photo instructions for sewing the MonsterWear mittens (hat instructions are over here). There’s some additional tips and tricks mixed in. If you’ve got any questions while sewing along that this sewalong doesn’t answer, ask a question in the comments and I’ll do everything I can to help. Before sewing along, you might want to read about Fabric Selection and Sizing for the Monster Wear and you definitely want to read tips for working with faux fur. Note as you’re sewing these mittens that the thumb and claw uses a 1/4″ seam allowance while the rest of the construction is a 5/8″ seam allowance. Before you start, you will want to machine wash your lining fabric and if you are using fleece, wash the fleece as well. Don’t machine wash faux fur. After cutting your pieces out, transfer the markings using chalk – I don’t recommend snipping the notches because the 1/4″ …

Monster Hat Sew Along

What follows is step by step photo instructions for sewing the MonsterWear hat (mittens sewalong is over here). There’s some additional tips and tricks mixed in. If you’ve got any questions while sewing along that this sewalong doesn’t answer, please ask a question in the comments. Before sewing along, you might want to read about Fabric Selection and Sizing for the Monster Wear and you definitely want to read tips for working with faux fur. Steps 1-3: Construction of the Monster Hat starts with the ears (variation idea: leave off the ears). The whole pattern uses a 5/8″ seam allowance, so use the same seam allowance throughout. We first sew the ear contrasts (variation idea: leave off the ear contrasts). Take two ear contrasts pieces and sew them right sides together. Trim the seam allowance down to about 1/4″ and notch the seam allowance. This helps the curve have the …

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Pattern Testers for Monster Wear

My awesome pattern testers made some lovely versions of their Monster Wear hat & mittens that I’m very happy to be sharing with you today. Many thanks to them for their help! Vasiliki of Delightfully Peculiar made a beautiful faux fur version. She said that the fur she used wasn’t great quality (although it was a stashbuster) and noted that the quality of fur you use is noticeable (as I mention in the post on choosing fabric for Monster Wear), so she wants to use a nicer fur next time. The lining was cut from an old t-shirt making it soft and cozy against her head. I was floored by the gorgeous combination of fur, lace, and animal print in Kathleen’s first hat. Not something I would have come up with myself but I adore it! She also made a fun set using Monsters Inc. print fabric for the ears …

Fabric Selection for Monster Wear Hat & Mittens

The MonsterWear Hat & Mittens are really my excuse to wear the fluffiest, gaudiest faux fur that I can find! But if that’s not quite your style, there are definitely other options as well. Watch the video above about choosing fabric, or keep reading below. The recommended fabric for the body of the monster hat and mittens is faux fur. There are different qualities and thicknesses of faux fur, so bear in mind that the thicker the backing of your fur and the longer the nap, the harder it will be to work with the fur. Good faux fur is often expensive, but cheap faux fur can look really, well, cheap, so if you can, order a swatch or pick out your fur in person. You can also make the hat and mittens out of fleece which is definitely less expensive and easier to work with but still makes a …

Size Selection for Monster Wear Hat and Mittens

The Monster Wear sizes are unisex and both Hat and Mittens are designed to have ease, so you don’t need to feel too worried about picking the right size. I talk through picking the right size hat and mittens in the video above, so give it a watch if you’re into that sort of thing. The hat is sized by measuring around the head on the line where a hat would sit. Because the hat is hood-style and therefore loose fitting, most adults will fit into the Small/Medium. If you have big hair or if you have a much larger than average head (like my husband who can’t ever find hats large enough in stores), you will want to pick the Large/Extra-Large. The hands are sized by measuring around the upper palm of the hand at its widest point. Make sure that you can wiggle your fingers around comfortably – …