The month of Halloween commences today! I hope you all enjoy the projects I have planned 😀 This one, like all the rest, is meant to be an easy way to add to or complete your Halloween ensemble ^-^ This week I used some scrap black fleece to make a scoodie :B That is a cross between a scarf and a hood that are sometimes seen among the nerdy crafting crowd. Except this particular scarf/hood combo has a little face mask so you can lurk amid the shadows, pockets at the end of the scarf, and big fleece shurikens to wield! Pair this with a black outfit and you’re an instant ninja that’s snuggly and warm to boot!
The size is sort of an adult one-size-fits-most, but since it’s only a hood it should also fit well on most bigger kids as well. The mask is held in place by buttons, which not only make the mask easy to adjust while you’re wearing it, but easy to adjust while you sew it as well. You can simply move the placement of the buttons to make the mask fit tighter or higher on your ninja-in-training 😀
Materials & Tools:
• 1 1/4 yds. of black fleece
• 1/4 yd. of gray fleece
• Two buttons, about 1” wide
• Matching sewing thread
• Basic sewing tools (sewing machine, scissors, iron, needles, pins, fabric marker, seam ripper)
• Black fabric paint OR:
• 3” x 3” scrap of black appliqué fabric
• 3” x 3” scrap of light or heavyweight fusible web
Before you begin:
1. Print out the project pattern here
2. Assemble the pattern pieces, see the page here for more help
3. Lay out the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut them out
4. Mark the fabric pieces with the markings from the pattern
1. First up is getting the pockets ready for the scoodie. Since we’re using fleece, a simple single-fold hem for the top edge of the pockets will suffice. I did a quick zigzag stitch along the raw edge to make it look nicer, but after that all you need to do is fold under the straight edge of the pocket by 1/2” and sew it in place. Repeat this with the other pocket piece as well.
2. Now we’re free to add these to your hood pieces. Two of your hood pieces will be designated as the lining, while the remaining two will be the outer hood. You might want to label these parts now to avoid confusion (as well as what’s the right and wrong side). With both right sides facing up, baste the curved edge of the pocket to the bottom of the outer hood scarf area. The top of the pocket is of course left free so you have your pocket all ready to go! Repeat this with the other pocket piece and the other outer hood piece.
3. Sew your two outer hood pieces together along the curved edge that forms the crown of the hood. Repeat this with the lining pieces as well, but be sure to leave an opening in the top as the pattern indicates for turning the hood right side out.
4. Now take both of your outer hood and hood lining pieces and match up the raw edges around the entire perimeter with right sides together. Sew around this entire shape so now you have a nice double-thick hood with finished edges all the way around. Clip and trim your seam allowances, turn the hood right side out, and press the seams.
6. Now for the face mask: simply sew both sides together with right sides facing, leaving an opening along the straight side as the pattern indicates. When you finish, clip the corners, turn the mask right side out, and press the seams.
8. Once the face mask is done, you’ll need to sew some button holes in the corners where the pattern indicates so you can attach it to the hood later. The size of your button holes should be based on the size of buttons you have, just be sure they’re sewn in the upper corners of the mask.
9. Next you’ll need to add the button to the inside of your hood so the mask can be attached there, simply stitch one on each side of the hood lining where the pattern marking indicates. If you’re making this for someone with a smaller head, you’ll probably want to move the button inward and upward so it fits better, while for someone with a larger head, move the button outward and downward. It also helps to try pinning the mask on first to find a placement that works well for you 😀
10. Now onto the shuriken! To make the center “hole,” I simply appliquéd a little black circle in the middle of the shuriken shape. You could also paint the hole with fabric paint, but I used some scrap black fleece, lightweight fusible web, and a satin stitch to sew it down. Repeat this with another one of your shuriken pieces as well so you have two front sides.
11. Sew the shurikens together by matching up an appliquéd half with a non-appliqued half. Then sew around the entire perimeter of the star. Clip the seam allowances around the curves. Then to turn it right side out, clip a little hole in the center back of the shuriken about 1” long, and use chopstick or similar turning tool to turn the whole thing right side out.
12. All that’s left is to sew the shurikens to the ends of your scoodie! Simply lay the back of the shurkien over the lining of the hood (opposite to the pocket), and stitch it in place with a ladder stitch going all the way around the center of the shuriken. The hole you cut previously should be completely hidden now. Repeat this with the other side of the scoodie and YOU’RE DONE!
I absolutely love how this turned out! I would totally wear it to go on some ninja adventures >w< What do you all think? I personally can’t wait to share the rest of my Halloween patterns with you guys!
If you do try making the project, I’d love to see it! And I’ll send you exclusive free patterns as a reward!