from the north country: fox and owl

February 4th, 2011

It’s been so fun to read these wintry posts.  I like winter for many of the same reasons as my fellow guest bloggers but  I think mostly  I like it out of necessity…otherwise I’d be crabby straight through from October to May.  Getting outside even just for a bit is a high priority for our family but there are some days (like today) up here in Minnesota where it’s just too cold to have much fun outside.  On these days crafts and art projects are in order, so here is a fun sewing project for grown-ups and young sewers alike:

A Stocking Cap for a Small Friend (my first tutorial!)

Cut off the cuff and a couple of inches of sleeve from an old sweater.  A sock would work very well too.

Turn the piece inside-out and do a running stitch about 1/4″ from the cut edge with strong thread all the way around the top.  Pull tight and secure with a knot.

Turn it right side out and fold up the cuff a bit…hey look, it’s already so hat-like!

Now make a little pom pom.  There are lots of places to lean how if you have never made one before…like here.

I like to felt my pom poms a bit by rubbing them between my hands in warm soapy water.  This step is not necessary but I think it looks super cute and helps scale down your pom pom.  The yarn must be wool in order to do this step.

Now stitch the pom pom to the top of the hat.



I’m Erika from Fox and Owl.  I make dolls and animals and drawings and have a little blog where I talk about art and craft and show lots of gratuitous pictures of my adorable children.  Come visit me there sometime!

Thank you Meg for letting me be a guest on your excellent blog!

9 Responses to from the north country: fox and owl

  1. jenny says:

    I don’t think there’s a link your blog here — you need one!

  2. holly says:

    How simple is that? LOVE IT.

  3. meg says:

    erika, that is just adorable!

  4. Krista says:

    I already follow her blog, and love all the cute bears, etc! This little hat definitely looks like it takes more work than it does. Very cute!

  5. Kara says:

    Erika, this is so cool! I may find myself thinking I need these for all the wonderful friends you have made for our familly!

  6. Erin says:

    Fox and Owl is one of my favorite blogs. So inspiring in a really refreshing & honest way, especially for other artists who are also mothers.
    Thanks for the post!

  7. Beth says:

    Seriously? The tinyy hat is so stinkin adorable!

  8. Louise says:

    this is just too cute! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. lily says:

    so sweet. my sister was 2 months early and my mom made a hat for her in almost the same manner, except with the toe of my fathers sock. teeny tiny. great post.