Introduction: Ninja Turtle Hat

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Step 1: Materials

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To make a ninja turtle hat, you will need:
_ Green Fleece
_Red Fleece (Blue, purple or orange will also work)
_White Fleece (just for the eyes)
_Measuring tape
_Sewing machine

Step 2: Cutting Out Your Hat Pieces

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There are five parts to cutting this hat; the top, the brim, the mask, the braids and the eyes. We'll start with the Top:

Top:  Sketch a curved triangle on a piece of paper. I made mine 6 ½ inches long and 6 inches tall. Fold it in half if you need too, to make it symmetrical. Once you are happy with your pattern, pin it to your dark green fleece and cut four pieces out.

Brim: The brim is tricky to get right. To get the basic size, you can cut a square from scrap fabric, 12 inches long and at least 6 inches wide in the middle. Cut it so its about 2 ½ inches on a longer end, and 3 ½ inches at the other. Size it up to your head and adjust it to how you want it. Once you get earflaps you like, trace it on to paper so you can use it for other hats and cut out four brim pieces.

Mask: The mask is just a piece of red fleece about 18 inches long and about 2 inches wide. The edges on the mask are raw, so you should make sure to cut it out really neatly.

Braids: Cut out long strips of fleece, four green and two red. They should be about ¾ wide and no shorter than 12 inches long.

Eyes: Just cut out almond shaped pieces from white fleece scraps.

Step 3: Sewing Top

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Take two triangle pieces and put them right sides together. Sew along one side. Do the same on the other two.

Next, pin the two pieces together, in side out, so that the seam on the top meets the other. Sew along the top. (Like a rainbow. See picture 4).

Turn right side out.

Step 4: Sewing the Braids

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 Take the braid pieces, and arrange them so that the one red piece is between the greens.
 Pin the knotted end somewhere. I like to pin it to my jeans, but where ever you can easily braid and pull on it and it will stay works. =)
  Braid as far as you can.
 Next, sew the very end of the braid so that t won't come undone.

Step 5: Sewing the Brim

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Take two of your brim pieces, and turn them inside out. Sew both short ends together, so that you would have the inside of a brim. Turn it right side out.
Do the same on the other two pieces, but leave it inside out.

Put the inside-out brim over the right-side-out one. Make sure that the seams match up and then pin them there. Sew all along the bottom, when you come to the ear-flaps, insert the braid so that  you will be sewing over the end of the braid. (Not the one with the knot).

Sew all the way around the bottom of the brim. Before turning right-side out, trim your extra seam allowance off and cut notches around the curves. (picture 6) This will help it be more round.

Step 6: Attaching the Brim to the Top

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With the top upside down, put it inside the right side up brim. It should look like you have a green bowl with a brim around it. Pin the seams together at the front and in the back. Then pin the side seams and between all of the other seams. Sew along the edge. 

Turn it right side out. You may need to iron it to get it nice and flat.

Yay! You now have a green hat that you are about to make into a Ninja turtle! :D

Step 7: Putting on the Mask

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Place the eyes on the mask, I put the mask on the hat so I could get the correct place. Remember that the knot should be on the side!

Sew on the eyes. Remember to change the thread to white!

Once you have the eyes sewn on, trim the mask a little so it get's smaller between the eyes and smaller at the back.

Next, pin the mask onto the hat. Make sure your eyes are centered.  Pin all the way around, there will be extra mask cloth at the end, but don't worry about that yet.

Starting at where the extra cloth is, sew all the way around the mask along the bottom. Sew the top just like you did on the bottom.

Step 8: Tieing the Knot

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Take the two pieces from the mask that aren't sewn on, and tie a knot. You should be able to do just a normal knot, but you can experiment to see what looks best.

Sew over the knot, you can unfold a little crease so that your sewing will be hidden. You just need the knot to stay there.

Step 9: Enjoy Your Hat!!

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Now go outside and enjoy your hat!


DiffuseMoose made it! (author)2018-01-03

Thanks SO MUCH for this guide!! I bought one of these beanies (though not the ski beanie style - it didn't have ear flaps and the braided strings down the sides) at a comic convention a year or two ago. I haven't been able to find the seller since. Then, I came across your amazing tutorial and decided to put my new, dusty, and unused sewing machine to the test. For a first attempt, I'll take it. I just modified the design a bit and tried out the aggressive turtle eyes. I've been getting many, many compliments on it! Thanks again. You're an amazing human being for helping out beginners like me.

Olivia made it! (author)2015-01-02

Thanks for the inspiration! I took your idea and modified it a bit and made it look more like the '90s Turtle cartoon. :) My first go at making a hat—thanks for the Instructable!

pie popper (author)Olivia2015-01-03

I love it! Folding the top and bottom edges of the mask over sure gives it a nice finish. Great job, it looks awesome!

Olivia (author)pie popper2015-01-03

Thank you! :)

alexa.lords (author)2014-12-03

That is SO cute!! I love it!! A great Christmas gift for my little sister. She LOVES ninja turtles! Hoping to make it this week. I'm so glad you had the creative mind to make this! Thanks! :D

CrystalB01 (author)2014-04-23

That's awesome

sredmon (author)2013-07-15

I love your idea. very nice. =)

QSDR (author)2013-03-19

its quiet, yeah a little too quiet. totally bodacious.

leannadc (author)2012-12-18

Awesome! Thank you!! Wish I could afford to download the pattern, but lost my job so will have to see if I can do without will LOVE it! Merry Christmas:)

pie popper (author)leannadc2012-12-18

It's not too hard to do without it! And if you aren't confident with your own pattern, sew a simple hat with a cheaper cotton fabric first, so you know what you need to adjust on your pattern before you use the fleece :)
I'd love to see pictures when you're done! Thanks and Merry Christmas!!

hushpupi (author)2012-12-11

I made my own.
First time sewing anything ever.
Its not perfect, but im still proud

pie popper (author)hushpupi2012-12-12

That's great! Way to go, I promise the first time you do anything it's always a bit tricky. Do you have any pictures? =]

hose1209 (author)2011-10-10

do you have a print able patern? if so that would be awesome ishis thanks

2212blade (author)2011-07-26

SOOOOOOOOOO COOL! Great job on it. Hopefully making one this week!

kiayakidd77 (author)2011-04-02

i am sooo making one:)

Sunbanks (author)2011-02-19

You are the best! I love this :D

Meawsome (author)2011-02-03

could you explain this step for me :(

Meawsome (author)2011-02-03

I bet you could Make Accessories (teeth mohawk ect jut need some velcro) BD

Meawsome (author)2011-02-03

one word,"sweet"

StoryAddict (author)2011-01-27

LOVE it. I think I'm going to have to make one for sure. I'm also getting ideas how to make other characters using your guide as a stepping block. Thanks for sharing this idea. COWABUNGA!

pie popper (author)StoryAddict2011-02-01

I've made around five different hats using the same base. (Animals, characters, just 'normal' hats, etc.) (That's why you want to save the patterns you use!!)

It's just so hard to explain it again and again in an instructible. XD Otherwise I'd make them all into ibles.

Natasha Dee (author)2011-01-28

SOOOOOOOO want to make one for my husband! Maybe withought the braids.....

pie popper (author)Natasha Dee2011-02-01

You can just get like a two inch by 14 in piece of fleece, sew it together on one side, turn it right side out and tie a knot at the end. It's like the same thing but just green strings, no braids. :)

Chhany (author)2011-02-01

so I love this how much fleece do you think I need??

pie popper (author)Chhany2011-02-01

You shouldn't need too much, I've fit two hats in half a yard easily... I would get half a can always make another :)

NinjaToast (author)2011-01-31

Wow never knew how to braid before haha.

ahaygood (author)2011-01-31

I love it. This is totally going on my list of things that I really really really want to do but will probably never have time to get done! Great job.

porcupinemamma (author)2011-01-30

kowabunga!!!! Excellent!!

jhd04 (author)2011-01-30

Wow, this rocks. I feel like I'm 6 years old again!

M.C. Langer (author)2011-01-30

I LOVE IT!!!! :-)

mr.incredible (author)2011-01-29

My son's bike helmet, the cover (Hot Wheels) just came off. This would be great as a replacement cover for the helmet.

mollycule (author)2011-01-27

Oh my gosh, this is genius! This is a really cool idea, and it looks like an easy to follow Instructable with nice pictures. Great job!

fozzy13 (author)2011-01-26

omg, awesomeness!! I love it : )

angelabchua (author)2011-01-26

This makes me crave pizza!

pie popper (author)angelabchua2011-01-26

Oh great. Now I'm craving it too!!! DX

seamster (author)2011-01-26

This is all kinds of awesome! One of my favorite instructables in a long time.

Very, very cool!

instruct39 (author)2011-01-26

i love the ninja turtles! and this hat!

Fretka (author)2011-01-26


craziemutant (author)2011-01-26

Pretty cool. Looks great. But I don't think putting eyes on my head helps my image. =P You pull it off nicely, though.

Once I learn how to sew, do some basic projects, I'll then move on to this to further the skill. haha.

angelabchua (author)2011-01-26

poor splinter gets no love tho.

fungus amungus (author)2011-01-26


canida (author)2011-01-26

This is awesome!

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