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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.

<p>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&mdash;thanks for the Instructable!</p>
<p>I love it! Folding the top and bottom edges of the mask over sure gives it a nice finish. Great job, it looks awesome! </p>
<p>Thank you! :)</p>
<p>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 </p>
That's awesome
I love your idea. very nice. =)
its quiet, yeah a little too quiet. totally bodacious.
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:)
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 :) <br>I'd love to see pictures when you're done! Thanks and Merry Christmas!!
I made my own. <br>First time sewing anything ever. <br>Its not perfect, but im still proud
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? =]
do you have a print able patern? if so that would be awesome ishis thanks<br>
SOOOOOOOOOO COOL! Great job on it. Hopefully making one this week!
i am sooo making one:)
You are the best! I love this :D
could you explain this step for me :(
I bet you could Make Accessories (teeth mohawk ect jut need some velcro) BD
one word,&quot;sweet&quot;
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!
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!!)<br><br>It's just so hard to explain it again and again in an instructible. XD Otherwise I'd make them all into ibles.
SOOOOOOOO want to make one for my husband! Maybe withought the braids.....
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. :)
so I love this hat....lol how much fleece do you think I need??
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 :)
Wow never knew how to braid before haha.
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!!
Wow, this rocks. I feel like I'm 6 years old again!
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.
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!
omg, awesomeness!! I love it : )
This makes me crave pizza!
Oh great. Now I'm craving it too!!! DX
This is all kinds of awesome! One of my favorite instructables in a long time.<br><br>Very, very cool!
i love the ninja turtles! and this hat!
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. <br><br>Once I learn how to sew, do some basic projects, I'll then move on to this to further the skill. haha.
poor splinter gets no love tho.
Yes!
This is awesome!

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