Halloween is almost here!! Last year Violet was the cutest skunk (with a costume from Pottery Barn Kids), but this year I decided to make her costume. Violet is never without her stuffed animal Bernie the Owl, so that seemed like the perfect costume idea. I found a great no-sew idea on Pinterest (here), and I modified the costume to fit my toddler's personality. It was a labor of love, but I really liked how everything turned out!
Here's the supplies you need for this project:
- A sweatshirt and sweatpants. I lucked out and found a really cute white fluffy coat at a thrift shop for under $5! I used these $5 sweatpants.
- 1/2 yard of fleece in two colors and 1 yard of fleece in a 3rd color – Depending on the size of your wings, you may have some left over.
- Mini hot glue gun + extra glue sticks (I initially tried using Liquid Stitch but a hot glue gun was faster and more effective).
- Sharp fabric scissors (pro tip from my mama: don't use these scissors on anything other than fabric to avoid dulling the blades).
1. First pick your colors and fabric. I went with light gray and purple fleece and fluffy white swirl-fur fabric (I love how soft this fabric is, but it's a total pain to cut -- it sheds like crazy, so make sure you shake it out after you cut out the "feathers" to release any extra "fur").
2. Cut out a tear-shape "feather" template from cardboard. You'll use this to help cut out all of your feathers. I placed the template on doubled over fleece and cut out two feathers at a time. If you use the fur fabric only only cut out one at a time.
3. Cut, cut, cut out those feathers. Vi's costume probably has over 200 feathers on it... it was a good project to do while I was watching TV at night.
4. Measure your child's wingspan - have them raise their hands up like they are flying and measure across. Mark your fleece with the length of the wingspan. Next, tie a piece of string onto a pen, hold the string in the middle at the top of the fleece with one hand, straighten out the string to your desired length with your other hand (or have someone help!), and draw a semicircle. Finally use the pen marks to cut out the semicircle.
5. Glue your feathers on with hot glue gun. I started at the bottom of the semicircle with a row of white feathers. I staggered a row of feathers in gray over the white, and then again staggering purple feathers over the gray ones. Repeat this pattern until the wings are covered.
6. Add feathers to the front of your sweatshirt in any desired pattern. I did nine alternating rows of the same white, purple and gray feathers.
7. When you finish the sweatshirt it's time to attach the wings! You can use Velcro if you want to be able to remove the wings, but I opted for the permanent route and attached the top of the wings with a hot glue gun.
8. To finish the costume, glue a few feathers to the front and back to the cuffs of the sweatpants.
Optional steps: Add an Owl Hat! I found a cute knitted hat on Amazon. There are additional options on Etsy too. There are online tutorials on how to make a hat for an owl costume, but I liked the idea of having a nice knit hat that she might actually wear again after Halloween.
You can also make some wings for a friend! I had some extra feathers so I decided to make a matching costume for Bernie.
I can't wait to see Violet all dressed up this year!