Posted by: JoAnna | April 3, 2011

Chomper Helmet Cover

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A few weeks ago, my friends and I spent the weekend up at Mount Snow in Vermont.  We did lots of skiing and snowboarding, but we also entered the Duct Tape Derby with our Nintendo themed sled, which leads me to my latest sewing project.  Costumes included Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toadstool, and my costume, Chomper.

For all those who aren’t familiar with Chomper (also known as Chain Chomp), here’s a picture:

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My costume was inspired by this Chomper hat on Etsy, but I made my version by modifying  a fleece hat tutorial/pattern I found on You Tube of all places.  I increased the size and added teeth, eyes, a chain in the back, and a chin strap (so the hat would stay on as we went down the tubing hill in our sled).

More on the changes…  To make the hat bigger, I increased each panel to 7.5″ high and 7.5″ wide.  I freehanded the arc, which I think I made too wide because I felt like the sides of the hat bulged out a bit too much in the middle.

I also ended up doing the band a little differently, since I needed to sew in the teeth.  Instead of using one band that folded in half, I used two separate identical pieces, which were a little wider than half of the original pattern, since I needed to accommodate the extra seam allowance.

My intention was to get the round look of Chomper by making the hat bigger than my head, but in reality it looked a bit shapeless.  When I got to Mount Snow, I decided to try putting the hat on top of my ski helmet (a Giro womens small), and to my surprise, it fit perfectly! I was really happy with how it came out, except it looked so good that people assumed it was a store bought helmet cover!

Some close-up photos of the helmet cover:

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In this next picture you can see the extra fabric by the eye.  This is from making the arc to wide on the panels used to form the cover.

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Project Stats
Pattern: Modified version of Clearkid’s Fleece Hat Tutorial
Time: 2 hours?
Fabric: 1/4 yard of black fleece and 1/4 yard of white fleece
Notions: Thread, Hand sewing needle (to attach the chain), Fabric glue (for the eyes), Velcro (for one side of the chin strap), Metal chain

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