My daughter has been in love with Totoro since she could walk. She’s run around singing “Hey, let’s go! Hey, let’s go. We’re happy as can be…” since she could talk. Because the season of dress up is upon us, I’m going to show you how to make a Totoro hood. If you can cut out two squares, you can make it!
Do I have any Totoro loving friends out there? This Totoro hood is is super easy, and there is a free pattern provided for you below.
Hey, let’s go!
- Fleece in grey and white
- Scraps of black felt or fleece
- Buttons or velcro
To start off with, cut two squares in 15×15 from both your outer fleece and your inner fleece. On each piece (or layered together) measure up 7 inches on one corner and 10 inches on the other. Cut a semicircle between then so that your pieces look like this.
Place right sides together and sew her up. If you don’t want a point at the top, curve while you are sewing. Otherwise, sew along the top and back (top of photo and right side of photo). Repeat for the lining as well.
Once you have your two hoods, place them, right sides together and sew all along the outside, leaving a space about the width of your hand along the bottom. That way you can turn it right side out.
Once sewn and turned, topstitch all along the edges. You can tuck in the open spot left for turning and catch it all when you topstitch.
If you want buttons, add buttonholes along the front. You can also use velcro.
I cut the eyes and mouth out of leftover bits from the lining and the pupils were cut from black felt scraps. I appliquéd them on the front but you can machine stitch them if you’d like. Cut out 4 ear pieces and machine stitch them all around. I didn’t turn mine because they were stiffer that way. To add them to the hood, I cut slits in the top where I thought they looked the best, sandwiched them in and machine stitched over them to hold them in place. They’re pretty floppy but I still thought they were cute.
It’s a good hood for both play and for keeping warm. You can pair it with a grey zip up hoodie for halloween and call it a costume!
This is a great base for all kinds of things. You sew yarn down the center seam for a pony mane. You can make rounded ears for a bear or sew it up in orange and make a fox. Have fun with it!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…