Saturday, January 10, 2015

Prinny Fleece Hat

I get to accompany my 6th graders to camp next week.  And because it'll be chilly for us, I offered to help the kids in class make personalized fleece hats for the trip.  A friend donated a ton of fleece to me, and I was so happy to put it to good use!

So, during lunch recess for the past two months or so, I've been helping the kids sew and design their hats.  They were very creative with their designs, too!  They chose everything from dogs, sheep, tigers, and cats, to Ninja Turtles, Dragon Ball Z, Legend of Zelda, and  Frozen.

And I finally finished my own hat for camp!  I decided to make a Prinny!


Prinny: A reincarnation of a human soul in Hell (the Netherworld) or Heaven (Celestia).  The Prinnies need to earning money to pay off their debts, their sins, before being reborn as humans again.

It's a character from the game Disgaea, a really awesome RPG for the Playstation 2--which was also re-released on the PSP and the Nintendo DS--and two games called "Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?" and "Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!" for PSP.  (Though I hear that the Prinny shows up in all of Nippon Ichi games.)

The Prinnies are so pathetically cute!  When I got my new car in September, I named him Prinny, and I have a decal of the dancing Prinny on the back.  :D

Anyway, for my hat, I picked a dark blue, then glued on white eyes with black pupils and a yellow beak.


For extra depth I wanted to include their demon wings on the back.  I used my adhesive fabric to make them a bit more stiff.


I absolutely love it!  This picture is horrible, and doesn't do its cuteness justice!



Legend of Zelda Bookmark: "Hey, Listen!"

For Christmas, I wanted to make a cross-stitched bookmark for one of the boys I work with.  He's as big a fan of Zelda as I am!  *lol*  It's funny to think how much I have in common with a 13-year-old autistic boy.

So, I bought a small Navi charm at the Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest a few weekends ago, and I wanted to attach it to the bookmark.

I stitched the words, "Hey, Listen!" that Navi is famous for saying, and then added a small Triforce.


And then I added a blue felt background, to cover up the stitches.  I attached it with a hot glue gun.




It turned out so cute!  And he really enjoyed it, too.


Hogwarts House Scarf and Hat

Pockets is a very proud Hufflepuff, but it's hard to find nice Harry Potter things that aren't Gryffindor.  So, we're always on the look out for things we can make into Hufflepuff things (and Ravenclaw for me).  While at JoAnn a few days ago, I found a really cute gold and black argyle fleece.  And since I'm going to crazy making fleece hats, I'm enjoying working with the material.  And I thought it would be awesome to make Pockets a Hufflepuff hat and scarf!

So, the first thing I did was determine if I wanted the argyle diamonds to be horizontal or vertical:



I decided that the vertical looked better, having the diamond's long points be up and down.  Then I had to decide if I wanted it to have two full gold diamonds, or two full black diamonds.



I decided to go with the black.

I cut out two strips (the fabric was 60 inches wide).

Then I lined up where the diamonds met, and trimmed both edges.  Using clear quilting thread, I sewed the two edges together.

The seam is hardly noticeable!

Now, for the hat, I traced the pattern, again with the diamonds going vertically.

You cut a front and a back piece, then sew up the sides, right side to right side (see a more detailed tutorial on that here).  I left about an inch or an inch and half undone at the bottom, because I wanted to sew that seam on the outside, and fold up the brim.

Turn it ninety degrees, and sew up the little V that's still open.

This is the outside of the brim, with the seam on the inside.  (Does that make sense?)

And the final product:

It turned out so cute!  She really loved it when I gave it to her!

(This is me, trying it on.  I only wish they had the blue and bronze of Ravenclaw, and I'd made myself a set!)