My niece is completely given over to "What does the fox say?" madness. So I wanted to make her a winter fox hat as a Christmas gift. But I wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of buying fake fur. It’s expensive, messy, and usually the synthetic fibers aren’t actually very warm. And it seemed like it would still be hard to get the right colors to achieve the effect I wanted. So I modified a technique that I had used for a very different project and came up with a similar technique for sewing faux fur. This method allows you to create high-quality, soft, warm, beautiful faux fur using a sewing machine and an old wool sweater! The technique isn’t difficult-- you basically just cut a sweater into strips, sew those strips onto another piece of fabric with a zigzag stitch and unravel the knit strips to create fur. And (because they'll be cut up anyway) it's a great way to upcycle stained or damaged sweaters. I'm including the pattern and procedure that I used to create this hat, but it could easily be modified to make different animals, or different furry garments.

Steps 1-6 of this instructable cover the technique for sewing the faux fur. (I'd imagine you could use this to sew all manner of warm furry projects.) You'll want to sew a little swatch using this technique to make sure that you've got the hang of it, and to make any adjustments to achieve the fur you want.  Steps 5-8 cover the hat construction. You could also use this pattern to make a hat out of different fabric, or purchased faux fur.  Skip around to suit your needs.

My niece loves her new hat! She would also like to note that while she is wearing the hat she would prefer to be referred to by her fox name, Buttercrumb.

Step 1: Materials

For the most part, you'll only need general sewing equipment plus an appropriate sweater. Fabric paint or markers are also helpful if you want to create more involved color effects.

Materials List:

Sewing machine
Pattern (pdf files are attached for this pattern)
Lightweight base fabric (this is the fabric you’ll sew fur onto)
Comfortable dark-colored lining fabric (this is the fabric that will be inside the hat and show on the insides of the ears)
An old sweater  or other knit garment in foxy-red, plus some trimmings from a sweater or other knit garment in white or ivory
Thread (you’ll need lots, this technique gobbles up a ton of thread.)
Scissors, pins and other general sewing equipment
A stiff, wire-bristled pet brush
An image or two to help you decide how you want your animal to look.
Fabric paint or markers (optional)

Measure the head of the person who you're making a hat for. There are plenty of charts for standard head sizes, but I have found that there is a huge variation, with many children having "adult" sized heads. The only way to know you're going to get a fit is to measure. And if you're in doubt, go with a bigger size. Also, this pattern starts out seeming much bigger, but as it progresses it will get smaller, so don't be worried if the pieces look really big at first.
<p>This is really brilliant, but I thought it was going to be a hat to wear for the joke about when you go to a really small place and people say &quot;Where the fox hat?&quot;. (You have to say it out loud to get it maybe)</p>
<p>Great job! It looks wonerful.</p>
What dose the fox sew?
<p>100% ADORABLE!!!</p>
<p>this is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! great idea</p>
The fur construction method blows my mind and the final hat looks amazing. <br>I really enjoy how detailed and prudent the instructable written. <br>You did a great job. Thank You!
Thanks! :)
This is just so awesome! I've never seen this method for creating fur- it's fantastic! Really nice Instructable- Thanks!
Thanks! I was a little tentative about the fur method, myself. I did some poking around and couldn't find anything similar to what I had in mind. (Often a sure sign that there is a good reason not to use this method.) But after an initial test, I was encouraged. It's a little labor-intensive, but I'm thrilled with the result.
I like the hat very much. I like this song very much.
Too nice! I like how you made the fur.
Brilliant! Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
What does the fox say

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