Monday, May 21, 2012

[DIY] where the wild things are

One of the newest trends in festival fashion is the Spirit Hood. Worn by celebrities and every-day music lovers alike, spirit hoods aim to connect the wearer with their spirit animal (and to look really cool and keep your head super comfortable!). I couldn't part with the dough for a real one (about $110-$160), but I managed to make something very similar for under $20. Get ready to roar!

Vanessa Hudgens as a fox source
 You Will Need:
1/2 yd Faux Fur
1 sheet Felt
A large old or thrifted sweater, or soft fabric for lining
Needle, thread, scissors, etc.
Hoodie to trace around
Scrap Fabric and Grommet (optional)
Vaccuum (to clean up afterwards!)
 Step 1: Lay your faux fur out, doubled over, with the fur to the inside. Lay your hoodie on top, with the top of the hood lined up with the fold in the fabric, and trace the hood. Underneath the hood shape, leave about a 6-inch wide strip running straight down to the end of the fabric.
 Cut around the shape you created, leaving the top fold of the fabric un-cut where it met your hoodie. It should look something like the picture below. 
Step 2: Put the fur on your head and decide how long you want the "scarf" part of your hood. I wanted the pockets of my hood to be a little longer, so I had to add extra fur to the bottom of mine. To do this, cut 6-inch strips of your fur with the nap (the way the fur goes) in the same direction as the rest of the hood, place right sides together and sew. Once you smooth the fur over, you wont be able to tell that there is an extra piece.
Step 3: Using the body of your sweater (or your lining fabric), trace your hood shape and sew around, leaving 6 inches on either side of the bottom open. Cut the sleeves of your sweater off of the sweater (or use your lining fabric) and cut again lengthwise so that you have long strips about 6 inches wide to line the "scarf" part of your hood. Sew these strips to the open ends of your hood lining.
Step 4: Pin the lining to the inside of the hood so that the right side of the fabric shows. I then rolled the faux fur over the unfinished edges of the sweater and hand stitched them in place all the way around my hood, except for the "paws". If you have a sewing machine, you can put the right sides of the hoodie and lining together, sew, and turn right-side-out, but I found that the technique I used worked better for hand stitching.
 Step 5: To create pockets, cut 2 6-inch strips of faux fur and 2 of lining, a little bit longer than you want your pockets to be. I wanted deep pockets, so I cut about 12" for a 10" pocket. 
Put the right sides of your fur and lining together and sew across the top of where your pocket would be. Next, line your pocket material up on your scarf, making sure that they are even with each other. Sew the lining of the pocket to the fur of the scarf so that the seams are on the outside of the pocket, then use the same roll-over and hand stitch method to attach the pocket fur to the scarf lining so that the seams are hidden.
Step 6: Cut out 4 triangles or half-circles for the ears of your hood. Place right sides together and sew around, leaving the flat side open. Sew the flat sides of the ears to the top of your hood. Don't worry about messy stitches, lucky for you, they will be hidden by the fur!
 Step 7: If you would like, use felt to create details like contrast in the ears, or paw prints on the lining of your scarf. I also created a place to hang charms and feathers by doubling over a scrap of extra felt, cutting out a hole, hammering in a grommet, and sewing it to the back side of an ear.
 Step 8: Inspect your hood and gently pull out any fur that was stuck in your seams. Fluff everything up and put on your hood for it's first adventure--vacuuming up stray fur!


  1. is here a video of this somewhere

  2. This is so cool! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a link. :)