Hat Sheep

Recently we were going through our hats for cold weather.  I decided it was time to get rid of an old fleece hat that I’ve had for many years.  I was about to trash it, when all of a sudden a black sheep flashed into my head.  I had to try it.  My daughter has already taken it for a walk and given it dance lessons.


  1. Lori Henriques
    November 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    love it! especially the cute little tail. how did you get the legs to support the body? what did the pattern look like before you sewed it? you could call it a "chapeau sheep" for a lovely bit of alliteration. :)

  2. Joel Henriques
    November 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Ha, yes we should name the sheep "Chapeau". Nice.

    As for the pattern, I just cut out two profiles of the sheep (including legs) and then made a kind of X piece that went underneath. I would have taken pictures but I really didn't think I would get it to work. I'll have to make another one sometime.

  3. Lynn
    November 2, 2010 at 2:26 am

    So cute! And I love the re-purposing of old stuff that's going to be binned.

    You in all of your artful craftiness inspired me this year to craft up my own Hallowe'en costumes for my boys - I re-purposed and old wool sweater (full of holes) headed for the bin into a dog costume.

    Once again, thanks for the inspiration.

  4. michelle b @ every little thing
    November 2, 2010 at 3:53 am

    wow, you are one cool dad.
    the sheep is awesome!
    Just found you today and can't wait to be inspired some more!

  5. = lingonsmak
    November 2, 2010 at 4:42 am

    so cool! can't wait until your book is ready ... :)

  6. Jumie
    November 2, 2010 at 5:54 am

    Your ideas are always great.
    many thanks.
    My children are glad about it.

  7. Irēna
    November 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

    So nice!

  8. Codruta
    November 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    OMG, you are a chest full of ideas, simply amazing.

  9. Fiona
    November 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I follow your blog from Santiago, Chile. I can't wait to try all your activities as soon as my baby grows up. Idea: 2011 colouring calendar for kids.
    Cheers and good luck!

  10. Apollo Theou
    November 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love this sheep! I love the photos of your daughter too. What a great way to recycle and be creative. Too often we throw things away out of laziness or boredom. I have started cutting up old jeans and making patches for new jeans with creative designs.

  11. annamaria
    November 3, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Fantastic!!What fun!

  12. Joel Henriques
    November 3, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Thanks everybody! Yeah, it's very satisfying to make something out of things that would otherwise be tossed away! Also, if you mess up, it's not a big deal.

  13. missvanham
    November 3, 2010 at 7:39 am

    what a lovely sheepy I mean lovely sweety ;-) x

  14. Jinger
    November 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Joel, you are one creative guy and such an inspiration to me in repurposing used items! Thanks so much for your blog and your amazing ideas.

  15. Lor
    November 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

    You inspired me to make a hen with a old wool glove and two buttons. It looks a bit scary but my daughter (2) was happy to help me with the filling.

  16. Hazel Terry
    November 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Lovely Joel!

  17. Paper Gods
    November 19, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Oh yeah, I see my new mascot right there in one black sheep! I have some black felted wool... hmmm.

  18. kylebross
    November 24, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Very cool, blog you have here Joel. I am glad I stumbled into it. Loving the sense of play inherent in your work.

  19. Jackie
    April 21, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Just discovered your blog today. This is supercool!

  20. September 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Joel, I just found you today. You got so many cool things going on for my kids too. I have twins just like you, a boy and girl and they will be two years in November. I am Sculptor and I am stay at home dad. At this age what kid of craft can I do with them? Thanks, Daniel

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