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Frugal-nomics DIY: Russian Fur Hat with Ear Flaps

There’s been a whole lotta snow here in the city this winter, and everywhere I look, people –both young and old —  have been donning these
Russian Fur Hats with the Ear Flaps (think they’re called Ushankas) to keep warm — me included. So, I thought it would fun to create my own. I
used some beautiful fuchsia colored wool knitted fabric, that really popped against the faux fur I found. Want in on the action? Take a look at the
steps below. Oh, and if you want another fun idea for fur fabric, check out my fur vest here.

SUPPLIES: 1/2 yard faux fur, 1/2 yard wool knit, scissors, 8 in of elastic cord, 4 small buttons, needle and thread, pattern (I made some
adjustments to one I found here at Sewbon.com), 1/2 yard silk lining, some straight pins, and a sewing machine.

HOW-TO:

1. Cut out your pattern (Note: I tweaked the Ear Flap portion to be a little rounder around the ear, and the Front Flap was a little
more boxy than I would have liked, so I used one of the side panels for the Front instead).
2. I wanted the Tiny Ears up in the middle of the hat, so I made my own pattern for those by bending the corner of the new
Ear Flap I made, to create these.
3. Pin the pieces to your fabric and fur and begin cutting out all your desired pieces.
4. Here are the pieces you’ll have when done: Fur = 1 front, 2 small ears, 1 ear flap; Pink Fabric = 1 front, 2 tiny ears, 2 sides,
1 top, and 1 ear flaps; Silk = 2 sides and 1 front.
5. Start with your Front Flap, Tiny Ears, and Ear Flap — pin them all right sides facing with their respective fur and fabric pieces.
6. Go ahead and sew your Front Flap together.
7. Here I’m sewing together my Ear Flap (Note: I found it easier to secure each ear first and then worry about the middle —
cutting out any excess if needed — or as the fabric stretches on your machine your ears may not line up the way you would like).
8. As you are sewing up the Tiny Ears, slip in the little loops of the elastic cord (Note: you may want to hand stitch them into place, mine
tended to wiggle around just a bit as I was trying to sew them on the machine).

HOW-TO CONT’D:
9. Now you’re going to take your Top Piece and pin it centered to the back side of your Front Flap.
10. Take your 2 Side Pieces and pin these 2 semi-circles to your Top Piece.
11. Sew these 4 pieces together.
12. Pin your 2 Tiny Ears into place on your 2 Side Pieces.
13. Ear Flaps up next — I found it easier to pin the center first, that way whatever was left would line up around the ears, evenly.
14. You should have already cut out 2 Sides and a Top Piece from your silk….go ahead and make a second little hat out of the silk for
your lining.
15. Place the lining inside of your hat, wrongs sides facing. Pin it into place.
16. I found it easier for this step to just hem the lining a 1/4 of an inch and hand stitch it to the rest of the hat.
17. Line up the elastic loops on your tiny ears where you’ll want your buttons to go, and then hand stitch them on (Note: I anchored them
with another button on the inside).

OUTFITS

Champagne Ruffles


Happy Friday everyone!  I’m so happy that we’re seeing glimpses of warm(er) weather here and there….it makes me even more anxious for Spring.


Out of all my blazers (thrifted or not) this is bar far one of my favorites….that just goes to show you that you don’t have to pay full retail to get memorable pieces.  Do you have a favorite thrifted item? Tell me below.


Jacket: Free People (similar here, and here). Skirt: Club Monaco (similar here, and here). Tights: Target (similar here).  Necklace: (similar here). Watch: Michael Kors. Handbag: Kenneth Cole (similar here). Pumps: Rachel Roy (similar here, and here).

BUDGET/SPENDING

My Manilla Fashion Makeover Feature

I get great joy out of sharing tips on how to shop on a budget.  I feel like a great thing to remember when you have limited funds is that, you should aim to invest in closet staples that can be worn countless times, in a variety of different ways — that way you get a lot of mileage out of each and every piece you purchase. Think of it like this….you won’t have a bunch of odds and ends that only go with one look, if when you are looking to buy something, you think to yourself “can I think of at least 3 outfits I can wear this with right now?”

So because of my love of sharing frugal style advice, I was oh so glad when the folks over at Manilla asked me to be a part of their #GetItTogether series and do a Fashion Makeover Video for a very deserving young lady named, Kate.

I’m ecstatic with how it turned out, and can’t wait for you to see it.  Want to see the one piece we got for her that was used interchangeably throughout the 3 looks?  Check out the video on Youtube here.