THE HEAD – using hood pattern
Fake fur fabric
Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Use the hood pattern provided. Print it out and trace a template.
- Cut out 2 pieces in fur fabric.
- Sew 2 pieces together, leaving the bottom open to slip hood over your child’s head.
- Add the appropriate animal ears by sewing or hot gluing at indicated spots on template.
(see ear making section)
THE HEAD – Towel Method
1 wash cloth
1 piece of wide ribbon – 28” in length. Match ribbon to towel color
Needle and thread
- Lay towel flat.
- Fold one long side up 4 inches and glue or tack it.
- Put towel around child’s head with fold inside at front.
- Tie ribbon around neck to hold towel in place.
- Use a marker to draw lines on top of towel where ears should go.
- Remove towel from child, maintaining the fold.
- Make cuts where ear marks are.
- Take wash cloth and cut it in half.
- Fold each piece in half. Each will be an ear.
- Place folded cloth in front of you on table. It should be in the shape of a diamond with one corner facing up.
- Fold left and right corners to the center.
- Now take the towel and push each ear from inside to outside through the holes you made.
- Sew or hot glue the ears in place.
- Place towel with ears back on your child’s head. Use ribbon around neck to hold it in place. Tuck the extra towel down into shirt collar.
- Apply face paint to create the animal of your choice. (with these ears a lion, cat or dog will work)
THE EARS - using pattern
Ear pattern (provided here, see below )
Fake fur fabric
Needle and thread or fabric glue or hot glue
Velvet covered headband
- Select pattern for the animal you want Print out pattern and adjust to size.
Choose from:bunny, tiger, bear, pig, sheep, ewe, cat #1, cat #2, floppy dog, dog #1 or dog #2 .
- Trace and cut out an ear template.
- Pin the template onto a double layer of pink felt and cut out ear shape.
- Remove pattern and pin felt to the back side of the fur fabric. Make 2 ears.
- Stitch the two pieces of material together. Do this for each ear.
- Stitch bottom edge.
- Stitch ears or hot glue them to the velvet headband.
- If you are making big ears, put a popsicle stick in between the felt and fake fur with some glue. That will help make them stand up if needed.
THE EARS - easy alternatives
- Instead of fake fur and felt, you can cut the ears out of ¼” thick craft foam or tag board. Leave tabs at bottom of ears and hot glue ears to headband.
- How about using a pair of socks as ears and sew them to a hat or hood. Now that’s very easy!
Fake fur or any fabric you choose – 28” for long tail, 12” for shorter one
Cotton batting Needle and thread or a fabric glue or hot glue
Thick wire if you want to make tail stand up or curl
- Cut a 5” wide strip of fur or other fabric to needed length.
- Lay material flat and place cotton batting along length of material.
- Take a piece of wire the length of the material, put a loop at each end and lay this on top of the batting.
- Add another thin layer of batting.
- Fold material over and stitch or glue along the edge.
- Stitch ends closed.
- Stitch tail to costume.
- Curl tail into shape you want.
THE TAIL – easy alternatives
- Make a tail from thick rope.
- Make a tail from a stuffed sock or a leg from a legging.
Fur or other appropriate material for paw pad
Plastic finger nails
Dowel Fabric glue or hot glue
- Clench your fist and place it with the back of your hand to paper.
- Trace around the clenched fist- This will be the under pads of the animal’s paw.
- Now do the same with the other hand.
- Now use this pattern to cut out 2 fur patches if you want to put it on the back of your gloved hand. If you want them to be pads, use a pink and grey material .
- Glue patches to glove as described.
- Take plastic finger nails and trim tips as desired.
- Insert dowel down 1 finger to the end.
- Hold it in place as you glue a nail on. The dowel will make it easier for you to press against.
- Now do this for all fingers.
- You can paint or add nail polish as desired.
SIMPLE ANGEL WINGS
2 Wire Coat Hangers
1 Large pair of white leggings or stockings
- Place 2 wire hangers on a flat surface with the top bends over lapping each other.
- Wrap masking tape around the necks to hold them together.
- Cut legs off a pair of large white leggings or stockings.
- Cover each hanger with one leg (slip hanger inside).
- Tie stocking legs together in the middle, by the hanger necks.
- Use a big safety pin to attach wings to back of costume.
- Put glitter on wings if desired