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Animal Hat Basics Series: Attaching Features

Animal Hat Basics: How to Attach Facial Features by Little Monkeys Crochet  |  Learn how to make a pom pom, how to change colors neatly in the round, how to make braided tassels for your earflaps, and how to attach facial features in this multi-part series by Little Monkeys Crochet.

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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!

This is the fourth tutorial in a blog series I’m calling “Animal Hat Basics.” You can also download my FREE e-book by the same name, which includes the following tutorials, all in one handy PDF:

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Here we go!

Animal Hat Basics: How to Attach Facial Features by Little Monkeys Crochet  |  Learn how to make a pom pom, how to change colors neatly in the round, how to make braided tassels for your earflaps, and how to attach facial features in this multi-part series by Little Monkeys Crochet.

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

Animal Hat Basics: How to Attach Facial Features by Little Monkeys Crochet  |  Learn how to make a pom pom, how to change colors neatly in the round, how to make braided tassels for your earflaps, and how to attach facial features in this multi-part series by Little Monkeys Crochet.

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

Animal Hat Basics: How to Attach Facial Features by Little Monkeys Crochet  |  Learn how to make a pom pom, how to change colors neatly in the round, how to make braided tassels for your earflaps, and how to attach facial features in this multi-part series by Little Monkeys Crochet.

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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