Love the Baka the Hooded Blanket Pattern but want to do even more with it?! Maybe you need a quickie Halloween costume or Christmas gift that you know they’ll use and love (or even a gift for yourself! Check the size chart 😉)! Well, with the BAKA 4 BAKA E-book! I will walk you through 31+ different ways to remix the Baka by combining the original pattern pieces and templates with all sorts of newly drafted elements: a new split front middle stripe; 13 extra, multi-sized pattern pieces; and 15 new EDITABLE face templates in three sizes. There’s even a coupon code in the Secret Freebies Clubhouse (signup form at the end of this post) for 30% OFF your purchase of the Baka the Hooded Blanket PDF PATTERN that’s good forever! Oh, and did I mention that it’s all free? 🙀
I realized something soon after the Umaru Collection was release: it has be a . . . w h i l e . . . since I’ve done a proper, freebie, tutorial! So it seemed like if I were to do something, it’d better be SUPER special! I started brainstorming how versatile the Baka the Hooded Blanket Pattern is because it’s such a fun pattern that could be transformed in a plethora of ways! I started making a list that started at 13… then 20… and ended up with 31 very different ways to remake the Baka! Of course some are much simpler than others, so the sewing skill-set you need varies from beginner to intermediate sewists.
All of the new Baka 4 Baka features are split up into two main file groups: Extra Patterns and Add-on Templates. The Extra patterns are graded exactly the same way the original Baka the Hooded Blanket is, with sizing from 12M-16Y and the Add-on templates are grouped small, medium, and large. They are all layered and grouped together with the tutorials in one, tidy PDF file. The extra files within the zipped folder are editable versions of the Add-on Templates. This way, if you need to, say, resize a set of eyes to be somewhere in between the medium and large template, you can! There’s an in-depth tutorial on how to navigate Photoshop (or photo editing freeware like Gimp, etc.) in order customize all of the template features! I even made editable files for the Face Templates (from the original Baka the Hooded Blanket). So, if you’ve previously bought the pattern, email me and I will send you the editable versions of those!
pointed top middle stripe front & back
split middle stripe front & back
pui pui/ lil chick/ puff or Jake ears
flower (intended to be cut from felt)
BMO text and buttons
Kodama face (from Princess Mononoke)
animal mouth (new)
Mokona eyes (xxxholic)
konpeito candy (My Neighbor Totoro; Spirited Away)
Each of the 31 tutorials include:
•sewing instructions for modifying the original Baka pattern using original and new patterns and templates.
•the overview graphic of what the finished Baka would resemble
•a color-coded list of the pattern pieces and templates needed
•an item list of materials and notions needed
There are more patterns that would work really well for underneath of the Baka up in my pattern shop! For instance, if you really wanted to make a regular Totoro, you could make an Umaru shirt (with the little markings on the belly) and change up the colors on the White Totoro to gray instead! Mix and match and have fun with it!
And that just about covers it! Even as I was wrapping up on Baka 4 Baka, I was still having ideas for new remixes so stay tuned for another round of Baka remix tutorials! if you have any ideas for Baka remixes, send me an email and I'll consider them for the next time!
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