These frigid temperatures definitely call for super cozy and warm outerwear. Especially for little ones. So, if I’m going to sew any winter accessories, I definitely choose Michael Miller’s organic cotton sherpa for at least one of my fabric ingredients. The epitome of cozy and warm.
Recently, I made the Toddler Ear Flap Hat, a free pattern from Delia Creates which you can find here. This is one of those projects that’s not too difficult but, when finished, yields a really impressive (and functional!) finished result. For mine, I used organic cotton sherpa (obviously) and Robert Kaufman’s cotton/linen Essex. Don’t forget to replace your usual sewing machine needle with a jersey needle (I used size 14) as the sherpa is stretchy and a needle specifically designed to stitch stretchy fabric makes sewing dramatically easier and the finished result dramatically nicer.
This pattern makes a toddler size–the size my babe is so skillfully modeling for you today. Good thing he’s consistent with the other babes in my family and on the overachieving side for head circumference so no size modifications were needed. Though, if you want to adjust the sizing for this hat you can follow the recommendations here. By the way, doesn’t it feel so long ago that I made this sweater and crib sheet???
If you don’t have a little Lumber Jack (or aren’t quite ready for this particular pattern) but still want to get in on some cozy sherpa, I suggest sewing this throw blanket or this baby blanket. A sherpa-lined cowl like this would be pretty nice on a cold day like today, too!
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