If sharks are your thing and Shark Week can't come soon enough in your book every year, then you'll want to dive into this fun, cozy, hooded blanket project. It'll just take an afternoon to create some snuggly fun for you or that that special person who just can't get enough shark action. Made from soft fleece, the shark lovers in your life can wrap up in jaw-dropping comfort and transform to a cuddly shark at the same time.
Things You'll Need
Cardboard and marking pen for patterns
36 x 3-inch piece of white fleece for teeth
5 x 3-inch piece of white fleece for eyes
3 x 3-inch piece of black fleece for pupils
15 x 8-inch piece of gray flannel for fin
15 x 8-inch piece of heavy interfacing for fin (optional)
10 x 15-inch piece of gray fleece for hood
2 1/2 x 15 inch piece of gray flannel for hood facing
Draw and cut the following pattern pieces:
- Teeth that is a 2 1/2-inch triangle on the base and the height (14)
- Eyes that is a circle with a 2 1/2-inch diameter (2)
- Pupil that is a circle with a 1-inch diameter (2)
- Fin that has a 4 1/2-inch base (1 gray fin and 1-2 heavy interfacing fins)
Place two teeth pieces together and sew along two edges. Clip the corner and turn right side out. Use a point turner or a chopstick to push out the corner. Repeat this to make seven teeth.
Place the raw edges of the teeth along the long side of the 10 x 15-inch gray fleece piece. Place the 2 1/2 x 15-inch piece of gray fleece over the teeth. Pin in place and sew.
Flip the small gray fleece piece over so the raw edges are hidden and the teeth are sticking out. Fold under 1-inch along the long edge and pin in place. Sew along both long edges of the narrow fleece piece.
Center the eye pieces near the stitching and sew in place.
Layer the fin pieces with the interfacing on the bottom and sew. Leave the bottom side of the fin open. Clip the corner and turn right side out. Use a point turner or a chopstick to push the corner out.
Cut a slit down the center almost to the eyes. Place the raw edge of the fin along the slit. Fold over and pin the fin in place and pin along the short edge. Sew along the pinned edges. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.
Place a pin in the center of the long edge of the blanket. Open the hood and line up the center of the right side of the hood with the center of the right side of the blanket. Pin and sew in place.
Since fleece won't ravel, it's optional to hem the edges. But, if you'd like to have a more finished look, fold under a 1/2-inch around the entire blanket, pin in place and sew.
You're not gonna need a bigger boat for this shark.