Sunday, 8 February 2015

How to make good Rabbit Ears: Alice in Wonderland photoshoot styling

You may think my title a bit arrogant, but I can't tell you how many hideous rabbit masks I have come across styling this shoot. So creepy. I ended up making this just in case...!

It's a useful one to know as it's so adaptable and I have been surprised at the number of times I have required animal ears of some sort in recent years.

You will need:

  • 1/4m luxury white faux fur (good quality stuff is SO much better to work with and looks more realistic.)
  • 1/4m pale pink felt
  • florist's wire
  • sharpie
  • dressmaking scissors
  • pattern paper (or a piece of paper large enough to make a template
  • needle and white thread
  • all purpose glue

How to do it:

  1. Fold a piece of pattern paper in half and draw your ear shape on it. Cut out and you will have two mirror image templates for your ears.
  2. Place your fur right side down, place each template on the fur and draw around.
  3. Cut out the fur leaving a 1.5 cm seam allowance all the way round.
  4. Shape your wire to follow the line of the template, leave the ends protruding out of the bottom. sew this wire in place all around the template line. 
  5. Use your paper templates again to make inner ears out of the pink felt. Make sure you get two mirror image ears again. Draw around with the sharpie and cut out.
  6.  Glue your piece of felt on top of the wrong side of the fur. It will cover the wire. 
  7. Start to roll the fur in around the edges sewing a slip stitch as you go. Continue this all the way around on both ears.
  8. I fixed the ears to an old boater. I cut two 'mouse hole' shapes in the boater, fed the ears in and glued wherever I could. To make sure the ears aren't uncomfortable on the inside of the boater, keep the inner band intact. I also wrapped a new ribbon around the hat to help keep the ears in place.
  9. With wire in the ears you can bend them into any shape you want!

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