Enter felt! Felt is a material that is very easy to work with, mainly because it doesn't fray. This means no heming, and less work, which is always a good thing. I want to share one of my most rewarding felt projects. This project was rewarding because it was easy, and because I ended up making something super adorable. (Of course, the baby is pretty cute too!)
I stumbled across this post on the lovely blog hart+sew. Her animal ear headbands are simply adorable! I knew they would be something that I could make and that my girls could have a lot of fun with. (And also, I want to fill the dress-up box with as many non-princess items as possible.)
I emulated hart+sew's ears as much as possible, with a few of my own additions. Here's how you can make your own:
- Buy a set of six plastic headbands from the dollar store. They only had one set, so I made six ears in total.
- Decide on the animals. I wanted ones that most often appear in my daughter's pretend play. I decided on: monkey, horse (the request was for purple ears), mouse, lion, pig, and cat.
- Draw a template on paper for each animal. The ears measure one and a half inches across, and range in height from two to four inches. For each ear I cut out one inner ear, two big ears, and one piece of interfacing the same size as the big ear. Of course, I only used felt instead of fabric, because felt is my favourite thing to work with.
- Sew the inner ear piece on to a big ear.
- Sandwich the interfacing between the big ear pieces. Sew around the big ear.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other ear.
- Use hot glue to attach the ears to the headband.
- Secure the ears with embroidery thread.
- Have fun with your new dress-up props!