Introduction: Shark Attack Hat

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Get warm with a cool and scary shark attack hat. This lined hat is fairly simple, and is sure to be the coolest hat out there!

Step 1: Materials

To make one, you will need:

• ½ yard of dark gray fleece
• ¼ yard of light gray fleece
• ¼ yard of light stretchy knit
• Black and White fleece or felt scraps
• A handful of stuffing
• patience

*You will need a machine, and all the tools/things that you need to operate it

Step 2: Cutting It All Out

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There are four basic parts to the Shark Attack Hat. The brim, the top of the shark, the bottom of the shark, and the lining.

Starting with the brim, just cut a rectangle of 6 inches by about 21 inches of dark gray fleece. Cut it on the fold. You will have to adjust the length so it fits you head, if you mess up this part, you'll have a lot of trouble later. (If in doubt, cut larger!)

Cut your brim in half lengthwise, so you have two skinny long rectangles. Fold one in half and place on clean table/counter space. (Pic 3) This will be your guide for cutting out the shark tail part.

Start with the top of the shark. I didn't have very much fleece, so I used a rectangle (about 7x12") And placed it diagnally on the brim. (Pic 3).
Now take a rectangle of light gray fleece (about 4x7") and place it in the area between the other two pieces. (pic 3)

Use chalk and trace a football-like shape with a shark tail in the end. (pic 4 and 5) You should have doubles of each piece.

For the lining, you can use the pattern (last pic) And cut 4 triangle pieces. You may have to enlarge it, Just do the math. My length along the bottom was 6 inches, x 4 is 24 inches. That sounds big but each seam takes off about ¾ an inch.

Cut a dorsal and 2 pectoral fins, 2 copies of each. You'll also need to cut eyes and about 40 little teeth, but you can figure that out later.

Step 3: Sewing the Shark Together

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Start with the fins. Make sure that the right sides are together and sew close to the edge. Turn and put aside.

Take the top of the shark, the dark gray part, and mark where the light gray meets it right below the tail. Insert the dorsal fin and pin in place. Sew the two pieces together, over the fin and around the tail, stopping where you marked.

Take your shark's underbelly, and sew the on the two light gray pieces together.

Now you have an underbelly and a back. Put them together and pin at the tail. Insert the pectoral fins about an inch from the bottom and pin. Then sew all the way around. You now have your shark body, ready to be made into a hat.

Step 4: Sewing on the Brim

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First, sew the back of the brim together, so that you have a circle shape.

Keeping the brim inside-out, put it on the right-side out shark body. (Like above) Scoot it up until bottom edges meet. Sew along the edge.

Once you get that finished, flip your brim down and admire. Try it on in the mirror to make sure it fits.

Step 5: Sewing the Teeth In

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Now you will have to cut out all your teeth. There are two ways to do this. I cut out each individual tooth before I sewed it, and then just went slowly putting them in one by one. Or you can just sew in a white strip, and cut the teeth shapes when your done. They would both work, so do whatever you feel most comfortable with.

I made my teeth ruffly an inch long and ½ wide. You could make them bigger, or make a couple layers of teeth. With just one slightly spaced apart row, I had 37 teeth.

To sew them in, start with your shark body right-side out and the second brim piece inside out. Put the brim over the other brim part. (Right sides together) Put a few teeth in and start sewing, stopping every couple teeth to add more.

If you did the strip way of teeth, just put the strip in between the two brim pieces, and sew keeping all three edges aligned.

Once you've finished, turn right-side out and trim any teeth that look too long. It is nice to have some variety though.

Step 6: Add the Eyes

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What's a shark without eyes? Cut out of fleece or felt two white circles about 1½ inches in diameter, and then two black circles about an inch in diameter. You can make different style eyes if you want. Be creative! :)

Sew on the eyes, about 2 inches away from the side seams. I sewed the black circle on first so I wouldn't have to change my thread an extra time. I doesn't really matter which order you do it in, just remember to start with the right color thread.

After you get that done, you can sew a tiny speck of white in the corner of the eye. It gives it a lot more character and doesn't make it look so flat.

Step 7: Adding the Lining

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Take your four pieces of knit and sew them all together, making a bowl type shape. Start with your hat and the lining inside out. Put the two together and pin, matching at the seam. Sew around the edge, leaving a space big enough to turn it. Turn it right side out and try it on. You may need to make adjustments to the lining so it fits nicely inside the hat.

Turn right side out when finished. You can stuff the tail with a bit of stuffing, I think it makes it look fuller and rounder, giving it a nice shape. Don't forget to stitch up the hole!

Now, all that's left is to go enjoy your hat!!

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crowecm (author)2017-07-18

Is there a printable pattern? Really want to make this!

Snoell0998 (author)2015-01-27

Am I missing the printable pattern? Would love to make this!

FasterTooth646 (author)2013-06-01

Haha! Looks like a hat on a Online Multiplayer game called ROBLOX... ( The hat is actually called shark attack! ) Great work!

JK24 (author)2013-01-27

LOVE THIS!!! Thank you for the Great tutorial!!! Made one for my son and nephew. They loved them!!! Working on another for a friend. So much fun!!!

billybutton2 (author)2012-11-05

My son and nephews are getting these for Christmas. (My daughter and nieces are getting the cupcake ones) Is there a printable patterns for this? I'm not very artistic.

billybutton2 (author)2012-11-05

My son and all my nephews are getting these for Christmas. (My daughter and nieces are getting the cupcake ones) Is there a printable pattern for this? I'm not very artistic.

billybutton2 (author)2012-11-05

My son and all my nephews are getting these for Christmas. (My daughter and nieces are getting the cupcake ones) Is there a printable pattern for this? I'm not very artistic.

Squaggadoodle (author)2012-05-10

I want to do this so bad, guess I'll have to work on my sewing though :) Cool hat! LOVE IT

spartana (author)2012-02-09

It was such an awesome idea that I had to have a go myself!!
Unfortunately the one I made is just a little too small for my head, even though I tried to make it bigger. I'm going to make another and gift this one to a friend :D

setsunakaede (author)2012-02-04

Right now I'm half way done with the first of two identical shark-hats for my two daughters (1,5 and almost 3 years old). Hope they like the hats as much as I do!

pie popper (author)setsunakaede2012-02-04

Great! I can't wait to see pictures. :) I'm sure they'll love em!

setsunakaede (author)pie popper2012-02-05

First one is ready and shown by my daughter:

...And de second one is finished too!
Given that it's finally winter over here, we took the opportunity of the snow to give the hats a good "field test". They passed, hands down.
Here a picture of both sharks, eating the ladies, while I am trying not to look like I am posing for the camera :p

pie popper (author)setsunakaede2012-02-05

They look awesome! I think I actually like it better how you made it with dark blue... Well enjoy the hats and your patch! :)

setsunakaede (author)pie popper2012-02-06

Thanks, actually the bluish grey was because "real" grey was not available but it looks very neat indeed!
The kids love 'em, too, so actually thank YOU for the marvellous design and the idea!

WillsBradford (author)2012-02-02

D: This is amazing!
I'm going to have to make a few and wear them as though they're eating each other.

pie popper (author)WillsBradford2012-02-04

SHARKception!! That would be just awesome. You should do it! :D

Farrelbark (author)2012-02-02

This is GENIUS! >::D

mri1972 (author)2012-01-30

This has to be the coolest hat I've ever seen, thank you very much for this tutorial. My kids will love it. Have to make mine first though.

pie popper (author)mri19722012-01-30

Thanks! And it is much funner to be wearing a hat while making more. ;)

baqaqi (author)pie popper2012-02-02

I so need to make one of these for my 4 year old.

baqaqi (author)baqaqi2012-02-02

Though I'll have to give it a second dorsal fin. First thing he said when he saw it was "It only has one dorsal fin!" Personally I think what it lacks in anatomical correctness it more than makes up for in cuteness, but 4 year olds can be fiddly that way.

pie popper (author)baqaqi2012-02-02

He's 4? haha that's hilarious! I thought about doing more fins, but I felt it might crowd up the hat too much. And I didn't have enough fleece to do a proper tail, so I just went with the cuter style.
But I would love to see your 2-dorsal fined shark! :P

MagstaTheAwesome (author)2012-02-02

I want to make this so badly :) awesome :D

netkravler (author)2012-02-02

Great hat. im sure my son will love it :-)

fluffydragon (author)2012-02-01

This is adorable!

skiedra (author)2012-01-31

Omg, this is so fun :) . Cheers for the 'structable

CatTrampoline (author)2012-01-30

Cute, cool, creative and practical - it gets my vote! Other riffs on this theme could be crocodile, orca, tiger, piranah, etc.

pie popper (author)CatTrampoline2012-01-30

There are so many possibilities! I think fish are anatomically the easiest though... :) Thank you!

jonnyd55 (author)2012-01-30

Totally awesome :) I used to wear a cap (when i was a small boy) that had a crocodile on it........this would have made my life complete.........who am i kidding.....I still want one as an adult :)

pie popper (author)jonnyd552012-01-30

some things never grow old :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-01-30

This is such an adorable idea! Who doesn't want a shark on their head :)

that is a question I have been pondering for a long time...

jessyratfink (author)2012-01-30

Yay! That's the best. I hope lots of people make it and post pictures. :D

pie popper (author)jessyratfink2012-01-30

Thanks Jessy! :)

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