Introduction: The Chicken Hat

Inspired in part by Jessyratfinks's where the wild things are wolf costume hat (, and the comic strip Ozy and Millie, I decided tis the season for hat making.


Step 1: Pattern Making

To make the hat look its best, I decided to plan it all out on paper first, down to cutting out the pieces out of paper first for easy assembly.

After carefully planning out the dimensions on paper, I started by making a quarter of the inside of the noggin covering part of the hat.

After that, I realized that paper doesn't like to be bent into a three dimensional shape. To assist that, I made instead a foam dummy of the shape of the hat as a physical pattern.

Step 2: Construction

I would love to say that I carefully planned everything out and knew exactly what I was doing. I'd like to, but that would be lying.

The basic point here was to throw fabric on the mold and make it reasonably fit. Cutting and seaming where necessary to make it not be as wrinkled, and integrating curvy bits where needed.

Fabric of choice: White fleece about 1 yard would do. I got two, and have a bunch left over.

Three tips on making your own:
1 If you cut out two curves with the concave sides facing each other, they will make whatever you're sewing bend up. See tail region

2. Sew all the seams on one side, then turn it inside out for nice smooth seams.

3. The chicken is a roundish pudgy creature when sitting. So if he looks lumpy and uneven, that's generally okay under artistic interpretation.


Step 3: Take Out the Foam, and Put in the Personality

Since the foam mold is an UGLY stuffing medium, It had to go. Unfortunately, to get the shape I wanted, I needed to sew the thing in there anyways.
Fortunately, due to the properties inherent to foam, all one has to do to extract the form is to cut a head hole and squeeze it out.

This leaves you with an inside out bag of white fleece. Flip the whole thing through the newly created head hole and make sure to poke out the tail so it is nice and apparent.
Sew on your choice of beak,gobble, and waddle material, and stuff it. Hooray! You have a nice stuffed chicken with a large hole in the bottom.

Step 4: Add Your Noodle

Take a hat, ideally a freebie ball cap that you don't really like anyways, and fit it in the hole in the bottom. Manufactured hats tend to fit better on one's head than a homemade one, unless you happen to have mad sewing skills, which I have not.

Take the hat and attach it to the inside of the head hole. Sew on a patch to cover the back of the hat, and go have fun with a pseudo fowl on your

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