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Hello! Thank you for downloading Alexs SpiritHood/custom animal hood sewing pattern!

This PDF contains the 9 pages that make up the sheet from which you will cut out all of the necessary
pattern pieces. I have also included a photo of the pattern sheet printed out and assembled, so you can
see how the pages go together (they are numbered 1-9 and go together 3x3). Even though this is
considered a simple sewing project, it is still a sewing project none-the-less and requires that you know
how to read and use patterns.
ALSO! I didnt redraw the pattern to include this, but before you cut the liner pieces for the scarf and
hood, ADD AN EXTRA 1-2 CM TO THE PATTERN IN ADDITION TO THE ALREADY DRAWN SEAM
ALLOWANCE BECAUSE OTHERWISE THE LINER WILL END UP BEING A BIT TOO SMALL AND WILL TWIST
OR PUCKER WHEN THE HOOD IS FINALLY TURNED RIGHT SIDE OUT.
If you want the scarf part to have stripes, use tissue to trace the scarf pattern piece and then add 2cm of
extra length for each colored section you want to have (this is the extra seam allowance that will cover
the amount of material that gets used when you sew a bunch of sections together- 1cm for the top and
bottom of each section). Draw new lines do divide the scarf into the number of sections you added seam
allowance for and cut along these lines. NOTE that this trace-and-cut only needs to be done for the shell
(fur) part of the scarf. Cut the liner part of the scarf as indicated.
Materials required:
1 yard of faux fur
1 yard of liner fabric (I used a cotton jersey for mine but you could also use satin or fleece or
anything else depending on the look youre going for.)
1 foot of contrasting fabric for the paw pads
Thread
(Optional) scrap fabric and a grommet to make an earring tag
Suggested order of assembly (this is how I did it):
1. Print the pattern and measure the test sheet square to make sure it measures 4x4.
2. Tape the sheets together and cut out the pattern pieces.
3. Trace and cut out the fabric pieces. (Cut the faux fur from the back (wrong) side- you end up
with fewer fuzzies everywhere that way.) Make sure you place the pattern pieces on the fur
according to the pile direction arrows indicated.
4. Sew the shell pieces together (minus the pockets).
5. Sew the liner pieces together. This is also where you would sew the paw pads onto the ends of
the scarf liner pieces.
6. Sew each of the ears (liners to shells), adding a tag with a grommet if you so desire (I added
one to mine in a similar fashion to what SpiritHoods does with their ears- its so you can clip
earrings to it).
7. Set the assembled shell on a willing volunteers head when pinning the ears. This way you can
get the placement just the way you want and youll know for sure that the ears will sit correctly.
8. Hand-stich the ears to the shell.
9. Sew the pocket liners to the pocket shells (but only the top opening of the pocket! The
remaining sides will be closed when the pocket is sewn in with the liner and shell).
10. Final assembly: pin the assembled liner to the assembled shell inside-out, sandwiching the
assembled pocket pieces between the right sides of the shell and liner. Because of the added
bulk, the bottoms of the scarf ends will be difficult to get through the sewing machine but be
patient and go slow! (Theres nothing more frustrating than completing a difficult seam only to
discover that a section of material escaped.) Sew the liner and shell together starting a few
inches from one side of the center of the hood base, ending a few inches from the other side.
This leaves a hole just large enough to pull the hood right side-out. Before doing so however,
zig-zag stich the raw edges where the liner and shell were sewn together to compress and
strengthen the seams.
11. Turn the hood right side out!
12. Verify that everything sits properly and that no seams have to be pulled and redone.
13. Hand stich shut the hole you pulled the hood through.
14. Youre done! Enjoy your brand-new custom SpiritHood!
I have made this pattern free to download and share, but if you would like to make a small
donation to me as a thank-you, my PayPal is dj_in10sity@whidbey.com (go to PayPal.com
and select Money Transfer and follow the instructions!) Again, thank you for downloading
and have fun!