Halloween costumes can be expensive, so why not go handmade this year.
I have a simple Halloween cat costume tutorial to share with you. My daughter loves cats and seeing as she also loves ballet and has black tights, ballet slippers, a leotard and skirt, by making just the ears and tail, and painting her face, she has a new costume for this year that she absolutely loves and cost just a couple of dollars to make.
If you don’t have a ballet outfit for your kitty, don’t worry, any black outfit will work – skirt, leggings, pants, tops, and shoes. Don’t go out and spend a lot of money if you don’t have any black outfits, hit up a local thrift shop, you are sure to find something you can use for just a couple of dollars.
You will need:
Measure the width of your headband. Cut a piece of felt on a diagonal leaving an extra half centimeter or so – felt you pick up at the craft store is a rectangular shape, you will need to cut it diagonally to ensure your strip for covering the headband is the correct length (most children’s headbands are roughly the same length). Fold the felt over the headband and using the embroidery thread stitch the ends together.
Next, cut 4 black ears and 2 smaller pink ears out of felt. Stitch the pink ears onto the front of two of the black ears using gray embroidery thread. Stitch the sides of the black ears together using the black embroidery thread. Put a little stuffing into each ear, but don’t stitch the bottom closed.
Place an ear onto the headband stitching the bottom of the front of the ear to the front of the headband and the back of the ear to the back of the headband. This will help the ear stand up straight. Repeat with the second ear. If you want you can decorate the pink section of the ear with glitter glue or sequins, or just leave it plain.
You will need:
Put the elastic around your child’s waist and cut to fit. Sew the ends together. Hang the feather boa from their lower back and again cut the desired length. Stitch the cut end of the feather boa onto the elastic.
Note: This tutorial can be adapted for other animals too such as dogs, pigs, reindeer, and bears.
What do your kids want to be this Halloween? Are you going handmade? Let me know in the comments below.
Tonya Staab is a freelance writer, and the creative mind behind Create-Celebrate-Explore where she shares craft tutorials, recipes, party planning and travel tips. She has three kids (twin kindergarteners and a teen) and can often be found covered in flour and glitter.