I had a random strip of long fleece left over and it just made sense to turn it into a super simple no sew fleece scarf. ER was thrilled by that, she doesn't have one and unbeknownst to me, she REALLY wanted one. She exclaimed, "Oh good Mommy an outside BOA," when she saw it. I guess everything is related back to dress up fun for her:) The mittens were the only thing I had to turn the sewing machine on for. No pattern, I just traced around her hand onto paper, cut it out, and when I traced it onto the fleece I added space around the whole thing. They aren't the warmest or best for playing in the snow. What they are great for is easy slip on and off while we run multiple errands. ER is pretty stubborn about NOT wearing her mittens in the car, but she needs something on her hands while we run in and out of stores. These are quick to put on and off, unlike the heavy duty ones we also have.
You could make the whole set without your kiddo seeing it and use another set of hat and mittens for measurements. Then the whole thing could be kept a secret and wrapped up for under the tree. The hat is seriously cute and I will definitely make more for the littler kiddos we know.