Felt Flowers & Kids Hat for under $5

So my friend Julia asked if I would make her two-year-old daughter a cute little cap with a flower on the side. Of course I said I would. I knew what she was thinking of because she had shown me an infant-sized crochet hat a few weeks ago.

Problem is I don’t crochet. And another problem, I don’t really like making flowers. I think they take too long for what you get for it (I really am a lazy knitter) and can be frustrating if you’re trying to make it just so. I suppose that’s why people crochet. It’s easy, quick, and flowers come together quickly and painlessly.

However, I wasn’t going to learn how to crochet just for this project (no offence Julia).

So, she chose the hat colours from my stash yarn and I went shopping for felt. I found the colours I needed at the Dollar Store and each sheet was only $0.41. Good deal. So, since I purchased three sheets it cost just about $1.25. Now, if you don’t want to bother with the cutting and pasting of felt, you can also pick up pre-made felt flowers at a Dollar Store for about the same price. The ones I saw came in a pack of six. The upside is they’re all put together nicely. The downside is you can’t choose the colours.

Since I’m challenging myself this month I opted for the felt sheets (although I was certainly tempted by the pre-mades). Here’s what I did:

  • I used cardboard stencils to trace the flowers, then I cut a slightly smaller one to sit on top
  • I used buttons I had already. I decided on buttons because Julia’s daughter seems to really like them
  • I affixed all the pieces together using spray adhesive mostly because I already had it on hand. My mom told me you can probably use plain old white glue and achieve the same results. Whatever you use, give it lots of time to dry
  • I thought it would be really fun to have multiple flowers to switch on to different hats, or on jackets, etc. Therefore, I opted not to sew them on the hat
  • I did look around to see what sort of fasteners there are but they’re either too finicky or too expensive for this project. So, I improvised again and used some safety pins I had on hand

I think they turned out really cute and I can’t wait to see how the hat looks on a real kid’s head (not just my light fixture)!

Tools required:

  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue
  • Felt sheets
  • Beads, buttons, etc. for embellishment

Cost: Way, way under $5. Also, you certainly don’t need to stick to flowers you are free to use any shape you think you can draw! I’ve also wondered if cookie cutters are strong enough to cut through felt (a future project maybe?) because that would sure save time and would ensure accuracy!

I don’t know if you noticed but my flowers are a little on the lop-sided. I used googly eyes on the worst one to deflect attention from my shoddy craftsmanship.

Winner of the Moosey-Hat Contest

Here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The big winner of the Moosey-Hat Contest Giveaway!

I promise you so hard I did this completely legitimately.

Honest! And I took screen shots and did not alter them. OK. I altered the third one. But only a little.

My main challenge was the hour I chose to crunch the numbers. It was late so I had to check three times, staring at the numbers to make sure I did it right. (Math is not my strong suit)

Here’s what happened:

  1. First of all, I took all the entries and combined them from Blogger entries and Facebook entries
  2. Then, I took down the date and time of the entry
  3. Then, I spreadsheet-sorted first by date, then by time

List of Entries

After listing the entries properly I then visited the True Random Number Generator and punched in Min 1 and Max 16, because even though it looks like Julia is entry #17 she’s actually #16 because the headings are in row #1.

Good thing I double checked my work.

So, what did the True Random Number Generator find?

Entry #8 is the WINNER!

Entry #8!

And if we look at the spreadsheet correctly, we find the winner is… MIKE!!!

It was a really good poem. You deserve the hat, definitely.

Congratulations!

Here is the tricky math part

Honestly I didn’t know how the contest would go, but it was so much fun to create something and see how many varied and creative/hilarious entries there were. I’m very much looking forward to the next contest.

Maybe next month?

Thanks to everyone who entered (and even you who just thought about it, you can enter next time). You made this whole event so much fun!

Handknit Moose Hat [Moosey-Hat] Contest Giveaway!

handknit moose hat

I’ve done it. I’ve created the most moosey-hat ever. It’s a handknit moose hat!

…did you see it coming?

It’s perfect, if I do say so myself. And it had better be—it took ages to make.

And it’s all because of you. You know, you. The ones who voted for moose.

Not the one who hates me writing about moose and told me so anonymously. You probably shouldn’t enter the contest.

So, in honour of the wonderful voting you did in December to force get me to write about The Canadian Moose all month long, I’ve decided to give my perfect moosey-hat away to one awesome reader.

This hat (it could be argued headband) is one-size-fits-most and is unisex. It is machine washable and dryer-safe but since it is hand-knit, use a gentle cycle and low heat

This hat could be yours!

How to Win

(thanks to My Real Review for the contest template I’m borrowing, love what you’re doing!)

Mandatory Entry

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me something (anything) about The Canadian Moose

handknit moose hat

Additional Entries (One extra entry after the Mandatory Entry is completed)

  • Blog about this contest with a link to this post, then leave a comment on this post letting me know
  • Tweet about this contest with a link to this post, then leave a comment on this post letting me know
  • Share this contest with your Facebook friends with a link to this post, then leave a comment on this post letting me know

The Details

handknit moose hat

  • This contest closes on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. PST
  • Please identify yourself in your entry. If “Anonymous” won the hat I wouldn’t know where to send it
  • The winner will be posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. PST on this blog and will also be contacted by email, if possible
  • Winners are selected using random.org and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen using random.org
  • This contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA who are 18+ (If you’re from outside North America we’ll talk)

Have fun! And thanks to my beautiful models who show us how to wear the moosey-hat right!

handknit moose hat headband

I know, I know. How do I keep doing it? Now hurry up and enter!

This contest is now closed

Glow in the Dark Flowers

On the weekend my mom was going through a stack of old (vintage, perhaps) knitting magazines. The reason escapes me, but the point is she made me take one of them.

It was the First Ever Vogue Knitting Magazine.

Published in 2004, the mag came out when that fluffy, scruffy, leafy, ridiculous eyelash/fur yarn was super trendy. Incidentally, this was the year I taught myself to knit while isolated and bored over a long winter in Smithers, BC.

My inspiration to learn? I wanted to make my sister a fluffy eyelash yarn scarf. Embarrassing as that is to admit, I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since then.

My suspicion for the retro-gift, is because there are a couple arm warmer patterns in the mag, and, well, I don’t think you can have too many arm warmer patterns. While they were interesting, what really caught my eye were the gaudy flowers on the sweaters and bags of those poor waif-like models.

I’ve never tried to figure out things like flowers or other such accessories, but I was thinking flowers on hats would be very fun. So, I grabbed the pattern and have tried, and tried, and tried to get it.

But it’s not working!

It would be frustrating, if the task weren’t so ridiculous. This should be the easiest thing in the world, and yet, I can’t make it work. Now, I know these prototypes kind of look like rosebuds, but therein lies the rub: They’re supposed to be…well, I don’t know what exactly. Not roses.

The green flower is too heavy, the yellow one is too tight. The third one is still in pieces and I’m running out of patience.

Anyway, I’ll give it a couple more shots. I’m pretty excited to use the yellow yarn because I picked it up on clearance for $.50 a ball and it’s glow in the dark.

Let me know if you want a prototype.

Craft Fair Master

After the emotional roller coaster of Day Two, I was determined to avoid a repeat on Day Three.

So, despite my reoccurring shyness and/or timidity, my fear of rejection, my insecurities, or whatever else I was battling, I rehearsed interesting selling points about arm warmers, toques, and ornaments. I also decided to put into practice the tips my friends and family bestowed upon me during their visits:

  • Smile, don’t stare
  • Talk to people; at least say “hello”
  • Suggest ways to use the items—don’t assume people just know
  • Move things around so they’re more interesting
  • Wear a pair of arm warmers so people notice them
  • If a particular hat doesn’t suit the person trying it on, suggest a different one

I know these are basic selling tips, but I guess I figured my crafts were:

  1. Self-explanatory
  2. Capable of selling themselves
  3. Able to draw people in based on their superior design

Basically, I felt like a douche for the entire day. However, in the face of doucheness, I sold double, or triple even, what I had on the first two days combined.

Obviously there are other factors beyond my amazing newfound selling ability, for example:

  • There were different people at the fair, perhaps they were more inclined to purchase knitted goodness
  • The “hard-sell” booth babe beside me was not present for the majority of the day
  • My booth was better arranged after two days of tweaking, for optimal buyer stimulation
  • Wearing the arm warmers was genius—so many people stopped to compliment them, to which I said, “Oh thank you. There are loads for sale over here…”

The hours on Day Three crawled by. I was so happy when my knight in shining armor a black hoodie and jeans brought me lunch, and actually jumped up and down when my mom came to help me with the final shift of the fair.

In the end I was satisfied with the results of my first experience, but I’m definitely in no hurry to try again. A few other sellers inquired about my “fair circuit,” as most will do three or four fairs in a season, while the dedicated do up to 20 year-round.

The thought of three completely overwhelmed me.

Maybe I’ll try one next winter, but that’s as far as I’ll think about it. Maybe.

And only if I’m guaranteed regular bathroom breaks.