Zac is a huge Pokémon fan and when one of his school creative homework options was to make an item of clothing he asked if we could make a Pokémon hat. Of course, I said yes!
Zac set about searching Google for how to make a Pikachu hat (his Pokémon of choice) and found loads of tutorials that involved crochet. I asked him to keep searching until he found one I could help him to sew as crochet ain’t my thing (as in I can’t crochet!). He finally found this tutorial on YouTube. I watched it with him several times and had to keep stopping it and writing instructions down. The only bit that I had to really amend was the measurements – no way is her head only 4″ high! We also changed up Pikachu’s face to look more like Zac’s cuddly toys.
Firstly we had to measure around Zac’s head. I’ll admit he has a big head and so I added extra as he said he wanted it to be comfy. I may have gone slightly overboard…..ooops!
Next was to set Zac to work, after all, it was his project.
I let him cut out the fleece fabric around the pattern we made. Then let him loose with the Big Shot so he could die cut felt circles for Pikachu’s eyes.
I’ll show the next few steps in collage images.
So here we cut out two half circle shapes in both the fleece and some red cotton fabric for the hats lining. Then we cut a ‘v’ shape out of the top of the pieces and cut a piece for the band around the bottom. It’s double the width of the straight line on the curved pieces and about 6″ in height – at least it was after I trimmed it down later on. I think it started off quite a bit higher than that.
The next step was to make his ears. Two squares of fleece topped with curved pieces of black felt. Sewn together as shown, flipped inside out and stuffed with trimmed down scraps of both the fleece and felt. Pin them to the right side of the hat, pop the other piece over the top and sew. Watch the video for more detail.
With guidance from Pikachu himself (see he’s by the sewing machine) we copied his features and stitched them in place. Finally added the band as shown in the video and hand stitched it in place as I didn’t trust my machine to go through so many layers or my ability to sew it neatly.
It fits us both! One very happy Zac who enjoyed writing up his instructions along with step by step photos to hand into school with his hat. I may have to make one for myself ready for winter because secretly it’s very soft, very cosy and kept my head very warm. I know because I wore it for an entire day whilst Zac was at school. But shhh shhh………don’t tell him!
See you soon