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How to Color Fleece Eyes by clearkid How to Color Fleece Eyes by clearkid
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Start by making a fleece hat --> [link]

My number one compliment on my hats has to be: "Omg I love those eyes! How do you do that?!" So I thought instead of trying to explain it to everyone that asks, it'd be easier to just point them to this tutorial. :)

Now you too, can have amazing eyes on your hats!

One little tip, don't be afraid to use different colors in your eyes. Here I added yellow to my blue and I even picked blues that ranged from purple-blue to green-blue. If you're doing gold, try adding a little pink and orange, for brown add a little red and green. You'll be amazed how that little extra color can make your eyes come to life!

Tutorial (c) clearkid. Please do not re-post this file, kindly leave a link instead.

Learn more about commissioning me for a hat --> [link]

If you find any errors or if anything is unclear, feel free to post about it here.
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:iconsplashinginhappyness:
SplashinginHappyness Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This an awesome tutorial! Thanks for posting it. 
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SirAlex0014 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
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katlynne27 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
might actually try this on my fleece ponys
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:iconafterlife93:
Afterlife93 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Not a bad idea at all! Thanks for sharing, I'll surely use this!
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Skylanth Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, this looks useful! Thanks!
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PieNaple1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
But how do you sew the eye ON to the hat without seeing seams? I find that confusing.
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PieNaple1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
So very helpful. Not many artists who have valuable ideas often give up their trade secrets. Very generous of you.
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WhiteSpiritIge Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will the colors fade when you wash the hat? For example, you wash the hat in the washers. Will it do some coloring damages?
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I've had it hold up pretty well actually. It does fade a bit in the wash, but no serious damage. you Can always color over the old stuff too.
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BrasiliaNefetiri Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoyed this tutorial. But, I have to ask, don't the colours wash and fade? I know it's sharpie, but I thought sharpie fades with time?
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BrasiliaNefetiri Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, ignore my comment because I just read through the others and got my answer. Sorry! ^_^
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Solarrin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
This is very helpful, thank you!
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Furballmews Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t:
Thanks for posting this.
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TakemetoyourLULZ Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much :D
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sprite-chan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
very important question! do you sew the eyes onto the hat or glue them? please reply!
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I never use glue. :)
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:iconsprite-chan:
sprite-chan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
sooo... sew them? :XD:
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koneko321 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
awesome this looks better and is easier than i normally do mine xD
btw do the markers bleed when the hat the eyes r on is washed? or is that only if u use the wrong markers?
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Does the marker still smudge after it dries? :noes:
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nope
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NikkiLavallo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
tht looks like my eye exept tht the green is gray and teh blue is brighter x3
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insanekakashi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Question: Do you ever have the problem of the sharpies fading over time??
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
They do fade some yes, but it comes with the general wearing out of the hat.
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BattlerxAnge Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Amazing Tutorials! <3
Love them all, thanks for taking time out of your day to make them!
I have a quick question though!
Exactly, how would you put the eyes on the hat?
And, is Sharpie your recommendation or is there something better?
Thank you! :3
:love:
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Hand stitch them on. Sharpies are the best I've found so far.
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:iconbattlerxange:
BattlerxAnge Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Ah, thank you <3
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:iconbattlerxange:
BattlerxAnge Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Amazing Tutorials! <3
Love them all, thanks for taking time out of your day to make them!
I have a quick question though!
Exactly, how would you put the eyes on the hat?
And, is Sharpie your recommendation or is there something better?
Thank you! :3
:love:
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Bel-serpente Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
your a geanious^^
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LeiteDestiny Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it's so cool! ^^
Thou I got a question...you said to sew a blank eye on first right? So do we sew the colored one on top of it? Or just make the colored and then sew it on separately. Thou they have to be last for the hat. Sry, just a little confused, but it's amazing. ^^
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JRCsince79 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG you have A LOT of markers!!
great eyes
thanks!
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mori-miko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student General Artist
this looks brilliant XD umm just a question, can you wash the hats after you've sewn the eyes on or will the permanent marker run/fade easily?
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hinata-yna13 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
can you use any permanent markers?
and how do you sew it on without seeing your stitch XD
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Mita-Ookami Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
How do you attach the eye to the hat? Would iron-on work?
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ObsidianKaesken Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have also practiced under this tutorial as well. I've always had problems with coloring eyes and wasn't too certain that I could do it on felt or fleece. You have done an amazing job!

Here's what I was able to do following your tutorial (I forgot the white spot up top X] ) but I had to put my pen in the picture because my camera kept trying to focus into the floor only. x.X

[link]
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ShiroiKiba88 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Um.. I was wondering how you sew the eyes on? I can't figure that part out ^^;
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Blitzergeldert Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Student General Artist
I'm just wondering...does it still have fumes after a while :XD:?
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clearkid Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Nah they wear off. It's only really bad when you're working with it in large areas for a prolonged period of time, like the giraffe I did. xD
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Blitzergeldert Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student General Artist
:O_o: oh dear...
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MrShineyBaldy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist
so, once u sew the eyes onto the hat and u have everything else that u need on there, can you wash it? or should you not because of the marker? is there a certian way to wash it?
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clearkid Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
You can carefully wash it by hand. :)
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MrShineyBaldy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist
ok, thanks :D
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Feonalily Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
not with hot/warm water because the sharpie will run.
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:iconmrshineybaldy:
MrShineyBaldy Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist
thanks :D
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lilydragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Out of curiosity, do you think this method would work with prisma or copic markers? I know some people use them when they decorate the canvas shoes and such.
Also, I haven't worked with fleece before, is it possible to scotch guard it?
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Honestly, those are good questions that I don't have answers for.
I do know that people usually seal the shoes after drawing on them but I don't know if that's an extra precaution or necessary to preserve the marks.

You'd have to test it for yourself and see what happens.
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lilydragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Ah, well. Thank you anyway.
I'm pretty sure it's for preservation. I know prismas like to bleed all over your paper if you're isn't paying attention. It's probably the same with fabric. XD
Trail and error here I come!

If you like I'll let you know how it goes.
Assuming I can figure out my new sewing machine first. XP
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:iconclearkid:
clearkid Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I would love it if you shared your findings, I'm as curious as you.
I would probably test it on some scraps before I did it on an actual hat, though.
Good Luck! :D
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pfk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Have you ever thought of using fabric markers for the eyes on the hats you make? They come in lots of colors, and then you wouldn't have to worry about the colors smearing, running, etc.
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clearkid Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
They actually stick about the same, but you have to get the kind that doesn't require iron setting.
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TwistedViper Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Are your hats machine-washable, even with permanent marker?
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