Saturday, April 25, 2015

How To Train Your Dragon: Toothless Hooded Towel

Disclosure: As part of the Netflix Stream Team, I received a welcome gift and a free monthly subscription. However, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.  

One of my favorite emails each month is my Netflix #StreamTeam email telling me what's going to be new on Netflix for the upcoming month. Is that lame? I don't really care. We watch a lot of Netflix in our house! In my email last month, I spotted this and got super excited:  

NEW ON NETFLIX for kids and families

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1. Monster High: Haunted (3/10)
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3/11)
3. Inspector Gadget (3/27)
4. SUPER 4 (4/10)

Do you see it? Yes, that's How To Train Your Dragon 2! The kids and I both loved the first How to Train Your Dragon movie and frequently watch the Dragon shorts that are available on Netflix. Mike and I went to see the second movie during our anniversary weekend away last summer and absolutely loved it. The kids hadn't seen it yet so last week we had a family movie night to watch it. They enjoyed seeing all of their favorite characters in new exciting adventures. If you have young kids or a sensitive older one, please be aware that this film features a death scene of a main character and then highlights a viking funeral. A friend of mine said she isn't sure she was going to show it to her kids yet because she didn't want them thinking they needed to put anything that dies on a boat and then shoot it with flaming arrows! Please watch these scenes before to determine if they are appropriate for your kiddos.

If your kids are wanting more dragon adventure, Netflix has a fun new series just for them! On June 26th, Netflix is releasing an all new action packed Dragons series called DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge. Available only on Netflix, this series will feature Hiccup and Toothless in their quest to explore strange new worlds, seek out never-before-seen dragons and end the war between Vikings and dragons once and for all. Check out the teaser now:

Connor is especially obsessed with dragons right now and to celebrate all of the fun How to Train Your Dragon fun on Netflix, I decided to make him a Toothless Hooded Towel.
How To Train Your Dragon Hooded Towel

I used a tutorial found here to create the towel but used my embroidery machine to create his eyes. Check out the tutorial for detailed instructions but here is an overview of the steps:

1 black body towel
1 black hand towel
Green fabric or felt for the eyes
Black thread

1. Cut the hand towel in half. Save the other portion for the ears and horns.

2. Fold the finished end of the towel over 3-4 inches and sew in place.

3. Cut eye shapes from the felt and applique using you sewing machine's zig zag stitch or use an embroidery machine. I used this dragon eye design with my embroidery machine.

4. Using the other half of hand towel, create ears and horns. Follow the Crazy Little Projects tutorial for creating and attaching them.

5. Sew the back of the head together to create the hood.

6. Sew the hood to the towel.

7. Try to convince your two year old to take it off!

He has decided he needs to wear it everywhere and won't let Grace try it on. Now I want to try to make a Stormfly one for her. I hope your family enjoys all of the great How to Train Your Dragon offerings on Netflix this summer!

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