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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
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)
_Thread
_Pins
_Measuring tape
_Pencil
_Paper
_Sewing machine

Step 2: Cutting Out Your Hat Pieces

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

Picture of Sewing Top
Pin both tops together.JPG
Top of Double Triangle Pieces.JPG
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Top of hat.JPG
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.
pie201020116 months ago
That's awesome
sredmon1 year ago
I love your idea. very nice. =)
QSDR1 year ago
its quiet, yeah a little too quiet. totally bodacious.
leannadc1 year ago
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 it...kids will LOVE it! Merry Christmas:)
pie popper (author)  leannadc1 year ago
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!!
hushpupi1 year ago
I made my own.
First time sewing anything ever.
Its not perfect, but im still proud
pie popper (author)  hushpupi1 year ago
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? =]
hose12093 years ago
do you have a print able patern? if so that would be awesome ishis thanks
2212blade3 years ago
SOOOOOOOOOO COOL! Great job on it. Hopefully making one this week!
kiayakidd773 years ago
i am sooo making one:)
Sunbanks3 years ago
You are the best! I love this :D
Meawsome3 years ago
could you explain this step for me :(
Meawsome3 years ago
I bet you could Make Accessories (teeth mohawk ect jut need some velcro) BD
Meawsome3 years ago
one word,"sweet"
StoryAddict3 years ago
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)  StoryAddict3 years ago
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 Dee3 years ago
SOOOOOOOO want to make one for my husband! Maybe withought the braids.....
pie popper (author)  Natasha Dee3 years ago
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. :)
Chhany3 years ago
so I love this hat....lol how much fleece do you think I need??
pie popper (author)  Chhany3 years ago
You shouldn't need too much, I've fit two hats in half a yard easily... I would get half a yard...you can always make another :)
NinjaToast3 years ago
Wow never knew how to braid before haha.
ahaygood3 years ago
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.
kowabunga!!!! Excellent!!
jhd043 years ago
Wow, this rocks. I feel like I'm 6 years old again!
M.C. Langer3 years ago
I LOVE IT!!!! :-)
My son's bike helmet, the cover (Hot Wheels) just came off. This would be great as a replacement cover for the helmet.
mollycule3 years ago
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!
fozzy133 years ago
omg, awesomeness!! I love it : )
angelabchua3 years ago
This makes me crave pizza!
pie popper (author)  angelabchua3 years ago
Oh great. Now I'm craving it too!!! DX
seamster3 years ago
This is all kinds of awesome! One of my favorite instructables in a long time.

Very, very cool!
instruct393 years ago
i love the ninja turtles! and this hat!
Fretka3 years ago
COWABUNGA !!
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.
angelabchua3 years ago
poor splinter gets no love tho.
Yes!
canida3 years ago
This is awesome!