My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 12: Adding Bangs

Well this is it…The end of the My Little Pony costume sew-along.
I admit, I’ve been milking it a little but there’s no putting it off any longer.
So without any more stalling on my part, I’m finally sharing how to make the bangs.

You will need:
 your finished hood, a ruler, scissors, rotary cutter (optional) ,and
a few scraps of fleece that can be cut into roughly 7.5″ long strips

This process may vary slightly depending on the character you’ve chosen, but I’m sharing the
Twilight Sparkle version since she is the most popular character (only one?) with blunt cut bangs.
You’ll need to cut a piece of fleece twice the length you’d like your bangs to be. (7 1/2 inches here)
Cut fringe on the top and bottom leaving a small un-cut gap in the center. (5/8″ strips to match the mane/tail)
You’ll also need a single strip of hot pink and one of purple for the streaks in Twilight’s hair. (5/8″ by 7 1/2″)

Line up your fringe and strips in the necessary color order along the front of the hood. 
Sew across the center gap directly over the previous stitch line. 
Use your scissors to clip back to the stitch line for any fringe that wasn’t cut deep enough.
Keep in mind that if you sew dead center,  the upper fringe will be slightly shorter when you fold it back down. 
You can solve this problem by either sewing a smidge below the center mark, or just trimming the bangs when you’re finished.
If you plan to trim the bangs after you’ve sewn them, I highly suggest trying the hood on and marking the proper length before cutting. The hood will be rounded over the top of the head, and cutting them straight across while they are flat on the table won’t necessarily make them straight when they are worn.
I’ve also had a few questions concerning the Rainbow Dash/Applejack style of choppy side bangs. Personally I like
 to just comb a small portion of the mane forward, but if you’d like another option you could try the version below. 
Place individual 5/8 inch strips in your desired colors along the stitches at the front of your hood. 
The center strip should be vertical so that it covers the ends of the other strips when it is pulled forward. 
Place any additional strips on a slight diagonal tilt so that they will fall “off to the side” as opposed to straight out.
Stitch the strips in place and trim off and excess.

Brush the strips forward and trim them as necessary for your desired style.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this My Little Pony sew-along as much as I have, and I would love for you all to send me pictures of your completed costumes. It’s so much fun for me to see the different characters you chose, and even the changes you make. I can’t even begin to express the joy it brings me to know that there are dozens of little kids (and adults too!) out there enjoying something that began as a random request from my 3 year old. Thank you so much for spreading the magic of friendship!

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My Little Pony Sew-along Links

Pony Costume Supply List Day 7 – Pants Pattern
Day 1 – Hoodie Pattern Day 8 – Basic Sweatpants
Day 2 – Attaching the Mane Day 9 – Pony Tail
Day 3 – Zipper Installation Day 10 – Pegasus Wings
Day 4 – Attaching the Hood Day 11 – Cutie Marks
Day 5 – Ears Day 12 – Hairstyle Options
Day 6 – Unicorn Horn Spike the Dragon Pattern Pieces

6 thoughts on “My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 12: Adding Bangs

    1. Hi Krista! If you go back to day 1 of the sew-along I'll show you everything you need to know in order to make the entire hoodie from scratch! Just click on the "Tutorials" button at the top of the page and everything is laid out in order for you. Good Luck!

    2. Wow! You made? the hoodie?!??! You are incredible. Can I just say, BEST DAY EVERRRR! Also, I've never attempted a sewing project quite this full of pins…..erm….I mean, in depth. Wish me luck! I found the "Berry" color at Hancock today for $1.27/yard! Thank you, Lord!

    3. So glad you were able to get the Berry fleece! I found out a few weeks ago Hancock is discontinuing that color. (Poor Twilight) 🙁
      I know it seems like a daunting task, especially for beginners, but I promise if you just go one step at a time you'll be done before you know it. I try to write my tutorials in a way that even my husband could follow along, so it's extra easy! 😉 And you can always send me an e-mail if you have any questions. Good Luck!

  1. We had such a great time styling all of the ponies' hair. Pinkie Pie was by far the trickiest and I remember reading in the comments somewhere around here that making the curly hair was still up in the air. After a bit of trial and error, I ended up cutting all the strands in a large wave pattern. (Think large flattened out S curves rather than a long straight strand.) It turned out pretty cute. The tail looks quite curly-ish and it seems to hold up well. 🙂
    With Rainbow Dash, my daughter and I decided that it looked to neat, so we hacked at the ends with scissors. Each strand is a different length and has 45 degree cuts at the ends. Looks much more sassy that way.
    For Apple Jack, I simply made a bright red scrunchie to keep around the end of the tail. Super cute.

    1. You're too awesome Kymi! Both the swiggles for Pinkie and the choppy-ness for Rainbow sound perfect! I'd love to see pictures if you have any! (you can e-mail or just share it to the STC facebook page if that's easier)

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