My middle daughter, Stella, loves to wear hats. All summer she wore a Spiderman baseball cap. When she gets dressed up she wears a fedora. And in the winter she likes to have a fleece animal hat to wear.
Most of the winter animal hats in stores are for little kids and after lots of searching without any luck we ordered Fleece Hat Friends by Mary Rasch last year so that we could make one. (See my review of this book.)
Last year, when she was in 4th grade, she chose a chicken.
She wore that hat every single day of the winter (and we have long winters here in Boston). Everywhere we went people remarked on her hat and she proudly pointed to me saying, “My mom made it.” This hat was like a hug from me that she could take wherever she went.
Last week as we geared up for back-to-school she pulled the book off my shelf again and spent a good deal of time considering which animal she wanted, finally settling on the goldfish.
The main modifications we made were to add some fish lips and to sew the fins and tail in yellow rather than orange. These hats are really easy to sew and they’re super warm (ear flaps are necessity when it’s 4 degrees and you walk to school).
Now that Stella is in her last year of elementary school I imagine the days are numbered when she’ll want to wear an animal hat her mom made. For now she’s totally thrilled with the idea so I’m savoring this moment.
Cool mornings will be here before you know it. Grab a copy of Fleece Hat Friends, choose from one of the 25 animal designs, and make a hat for someone you love .