Monster Hoods! Keep warm and look AWESOME in cold weather!

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Monsters in the Hood.

I wanted to make Monster Hoods for a while...it just took
a few days of freezing temperatures to motivate me!

Everyone designed their own hoods.
We all got in on the fun!

And, as usual, there's a ton of pictures!  Buckle up!
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Step 1: Sketch out your idea!

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To begin,
I had each of my kids draw a sketch of what they wanted their monster to look like.

My husband said he wanted one too!  He sketched up his vision as well!

Step 2: The supplies!

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Then I bought a bunch of fleece!
I spent $15 and made 5 hoods...making them about $3 each.  Not bad!  I got about 2/3's yard of each hood color.
I was lucky and found the polka dots, red, black and
white fleece in the remnants bin...perfect!
Fleece is wonderful, because it doesn't fray...so there isn't a lot of extra hemming or edging!

You'll need some scraps of colored fleece for decorations!  (I got 1/8 yard pieces)

You'll also need some poly fill stuffing
A sewing machine
Embroidery floss or thick thread and a needle for hand-stitching
Felt  (we used white for teeth...you could just use fleece)
Snaps (optional)

Step 3: Basic Pattern

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I started with the youngest.
I took a hoodie of his that currently fits to use as the pattern.
Make sure your fleece is folded in half, so when you cut, you are cutting out 2 pieces.
I cut it about an inch or 2 bigger than the hoodie.

They fit loosely and can be worn right over a hoodie!
( I used an adult large hoodie for all the other hoods...for the 8 year old up to adults)

Then cut an identical set out of contrasting fleece...this will be the inside of the hood.

For the adult sized hoods they measured 18" tall and 15" wide.
I got 2/3 a yard of fleece and had some leftovers...good for the decorating!

Step 4: Begin Sewing

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Sew around the hood top to the back.
I had my presser foot right on the edge of the fabric, with the needle in the left position.
Could you use felt instead of fleece or not? Thanks for posting this awesome instructable i love it!!! :D
doodlecraft (author)  TeganJovanka2 years ago
Fleece is nice because it is warm and slightly stretchy...You could decorate the hood with felt though, but I would do the entire hood out of felt...too scratchy.
Nat :)
Not saying i don't like them all there all wonderful it's just your youngest has the cutest one
doodlecraft (author)  Dusk Shadows2 years ago
Ha ha! I just saw this comment! Yes, the youngest one was perfect! His creativity was simple and turned out so cute! I'll be honest and say that my husband wears his the most though! Win-win! Thank you!
No problem i do like ur Husban's i like Black
yongeeks2 years ago
Marvelous work. And great colors, too!
doodlecraft (author)  yongeeks2 years ago
Thank you! :)
Like your youngest sons one it's very cute
sunshiine2 years ago
I have been so busy working on the quilt I have not had a chance to stop by to comment on your instructable! The kids did a great job drawing their own characters and everyone are super models! I know this entry will be a winner! You all rock!
nanaverm2 years ago
What lucky kids to have such a creative mom! These are so great, using the kids' sketches and making them "come to life"! You might want to offer this service on Etsy.
My thoughts exactly. :)
doodlecraft (author)  Treasure Tabby2 years ago
Thanks! :)
doodlecraft (author)  nanaverm2 years ago
Thanks! That was my first time using a sketch and turning it into something, but it does make we want to do more! Thanks for the encouragement! :)
Nice project but could have put DOODLECRAFT 20 times larger, so it seems more like an ad as opposed to an instructable.

but it is a nice idea. thanks for posting
doodlecraft (author)  spark master2 years ago
Maybe I will! :) I label all my pictures, especially the ones with my family in them...can't be too careful these days. Thanks!
poofrabbit2 years ago
These are fantastic!! Want to adopt me and make me part of your monster-hood? :)
doodlecraft (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Yes, consider yourself adopted! :) Welcome to the hood...draw out your monster sketch so we can make you a hoodie too! :) ha ha ha!
SWEET!!! I'm in the hood! ;)
maka2 years ago
These are great! My nieces and nephews would love them. Oh, I hope I have time to get them done by Xmas.

One caveat: snaps set into fleece don't tend to last. I recommend working out snap position before attaching lining, and including a piece of stabilizing fabric of some sort (I keep scraps of denim and similar fabrics about for this sort of use) that will lie between the layers and is stitched down well.
doodlecraft (author)  maka2 years ago
You are right about the snaps...my husband set them with a piece of leather wedged in between. I should have mentioned...
But there are snap systems that are made for lighter weight fabrics...like for homemade diapers, and I think those would work...?
Thank you!
Yes, that's true, if you're doing a lot of work with snaps and lightweight fabrics, like for diapering, those systems are worth it.

I'm so excited to go fleece shopping!
irishgram2 years ago
what a cute idea...and good instructions! I already have most of the materials just need hoodies...thanks, I know what my grandsons are getting for christmas!
Jayefuu2 years ago
HA ha fun. These look great.
These are fab! I'm seeing the need to make one for my next scout camp... Mid January in the UK, this would keep me warm!
ski020042 years ago
These are great! I like the horned hood the best. Your kids are sure to be the envy of all their friends.
doodlecraft (author)  ski020042 years ago
Thanks! Um, if they had friends! :) ha ha ha!
CarpePM2 years ago
doodlecraft (author)  CarpePM2 years ago
Fantastic fun. As a slightly nutty old man, I would be more than happy to wear one of these in public. I am going to convince my daughter to make me one. lol. Very well put together instructable too!
doodlecraft (author)  BigBadgers20012 years ago
That's how I feel too...these are not just for kids! I should make one for my dad for Christmas! :)
These are awesome and look great together!
doodlecraft (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks! :) It's fun to see the kids and the hubby wearing them around without prompting! :) I rate that a success!