Most animal hats involve a certain amount of facial features that need to be attached to the base. Often the pattern designer will instruct you to leave a long tail on these features to use for sewing, but there are other methods, as well. We’re going to look at three ways to attach facial features. Choose which one works best for you!
- How to Make Tassels (view blog post)
- How to Make Pom Poms (view blog post)
- How to Attach Facial Features (view blog post)
- How to Change Colors In the Round (view blog post)
Here we go!
Method 1: Sew on using long tail and yarn needle
The most popular method for attaching features, this one involves leaving a long tail when you finish crocheting a feature, such as a mouth. You’ll then use a yarn needle to sew it to the base of the hat.
Pros: Quick and easy; you don’t need any additional tools
Cons: Can add extra bulk to the feature; sometimes difficult to align correctly
Method 2: Sew on using a needle and thread
An alternate way to sew on your features, this method only requires a very basic knowledge of how to use a needle and thread.
Pros: Virtually undetectable, easier to align
Cons: Requires colored thread that matches the feature you are attaching
Method 3: Fabric Glue
Many crocheters will scoff at the very thought of using glue on a hat. But if you use the right kind, it can be an effective method. Be sure to find fabric glue that is washable and stretchable, dries clear, and has a fine tip. (I love JonesTONES Fabric Glue.)
Pros: Very quick and easy to use
Cons: Requires 8+ hours to dry, so it doesn’t work for features that won’t stay put during that drying process (such as ears)
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