When a review copy of this book, Fleece Hat Friends (Lark Crafts) arrived in the mail, I instantly knew it would be a hit with our 3 year old! It’s full of fun, full cover photographs that we looked through several times before deciding on our favorites (more on that later). There’s a total of 28 projects in the book. This includes 24 hats and 4 coordinating projects like a giraffe scarf that goes with a giraffe hat.
We decided to make the dinosaur hat and the mouse hat. The beginning of the book has a basic hat template in multiple sizes. The smallest “youth” size fit my 3 year old pretty well. It’s a tiny bit big, but I like that it comes down and covers his ears. You begin with the basic hat pattern, then jump to whatever hat you’ve chosen to add the custom eyes, ears, etc. Just read the instructions a few times to make sure you understand them exactly. I would have preferred an illustration for every step of the process rather than descriptions but I managed fine. Once you get the base pattern down these hats are fun and fast to make.
Both hats came together quickly and were easy to customize. Adding the details sometimes requires a bit of hand sewing but the fuzz of the fleece hides any imperfect stitches. The patterns are part of the book so you’ll need to make copies of them. I prefer this so I know I’ll always have access to the patterns and won’t risk losing pieces. But if you don’t have a scanner/printer or copier it could be an issue.
There are a couple eye style options, you can choose to add earflaps and one of the things I most enjoyed were the coordinating pieces. For the dino hat above, there’s a matching dinosaur bag! Not every hat has a coordinating piece, but the patterns are easy enough you could change one around to match anything, like adding a tail to the bag below to match a bunny or a monkey.
Now that I can make the base hat pretty quickly, I’ve been making these as gifts for my son’s friends. It’s a perfect project that isn’t too time consuming, it’s personalized, and it’s something that kids love! If you want to check out more, you can preview the book at Amazon.com.
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