It’s so much fun being the mom of a preschool girl! Boo is all about dressing up and girly things, and I wanted to make her a special costume for Halloween this year. After asking her about a few different ideas, she decided she wanted to be an owl.
Once Boo’s mind is made up, it’s made up, so I got to work.
I looked at a few owl costume tutorials online, but I didn’t really see exactly what I wanted. So I made up my own costume, and I think it turned out pretty great! The entire costume took me about half a day, not including drying time. And I’ve said it before: I’m not very crafty, so if I can make this, so can you!
Owl Costume Supplies
You will need several items, all of which I was able to find at Walmart.
- A sweatshirt and matching sweatpants – It’s OK if the sweatshirt has something printed on the front. You will cover it up. – $3.88 for each piece.
- Fleece or knit winter hat. – $3.47
- 1/2 yard of fleece in two colors and 1 yard of fleece in a 3rd color – Depending on your kid, you may have some left over. I did. – $2.94/yard
- Black felt, white felt (if you don’t use white fleece), and orange felt – 23 cents a sheet (you only need one of each color.
- Velcro – I had this on hand.
- Liquid Stitch – $3.37 a bottle. I used two.
How to Make a No-Sew Owl Costume
Originally, I was not planning on making this a no-sew costume. Unfortunately, my sewing machine malfunctioned, and I couldn’t sew anything. That’s when I discovered Liquid Stitch. Where has that product been all my life?
In the end, I think this costume was much easier to piece together with Liquid Stitch than it would have been with a sewing machine: No pinning. No removing rogue stitches (and knowing me, there would have been plenty of mistakes), and the feathers didn’t have to be lined up perfectly. That’s a big win!
Before you begin, read all the instructions, especially the part on attaching the wings. If you have the ability to sew, you’ll want to do that part first. If not, do it last and use Liquid Stitch.
Let’s make an owl costume!
Cut a semi-circle out of one color of fleece. This will go behind the eyes. Cut two circles out of a second color of fleece for the outer eyes. Cut two circles of white fleece or felt for the middle eyes. These need to be a little bit smaller than the first circles. Finally, cut two black eyeballs out of the black felt (not pictured).
For the ears, freehand draw a triangle that will come down slightly between the eyes and extend a little bit off the sides of the hat. Cut it out. Cut two small triangles to be the backside of the “ears.”
First, glue the semicircle onto the hat, centering it in the front of the hat. Then glue the triangle to the top of the semicircle to define a break between where the eyes need to go. Make sure you don’t glue the “ears” to the hat.
Finally, glue on the colored circles, followed by the white circles, followed by the black circles to make the eyes. Add a small triangle cut from the orange felt for the beak. Let dry for 24 hours.
When the front of the hat is dry, glue the little triangles to the back of the ears and have your child put on the hat. Arrange the back of the ear feathers so that they stand up and glue the hanging fleece to the back of the hat to make the ears stand up. (see photo).
Let dry for 24 hours.
Set aside 1/2 yard of fleece (from the color you purchased an entire yard of). Make a teardrop shaped feather template on a piece of cardboard or card stock. Trace the pattern as many times as you can fit on what fleece you have left over from making the hat. Cut out the feathers.
Lay the sweatshirt front side up on a table. Make sure you won’t have to move it for 24 hours. Lay rows of feathers in whatever pattern you like on the front of the sweatshirt, beginning at the bottom hem.
When it looks right, glue on the feathers with Liquid Stitch, beginning with the bottom row. Place a line of glue about 1/3 of the way from the top of the feathers, leaving the bottom of the feathers free to move. Repeat until all feathers are glued to the sweatshirt.
Let dry for 24 hours.
Have your child stand with her back toward you, holding her arms out straight like she’s flying. Take the half yard of fleece that you set aside and hold it up to her back and arms, marking where her wrists are and where the fabric hits her bottom.
Draw a semi-circle using those marks as guides and cut it out. This will be the base for your wings. Lay the fleece out on the table. You may want to put a plastic garbage bag down under the wings, as the Liquid Stitch will likely seep through the fleece a bit. Cover the wings with a random pattern of feathers, starting with the outer edge and working your way inward.
When you’re satisfied with the way it looks, glue on the feathers the same way you glued them onto the sweatshirt. Let dry for 24 hours.
Attaching the Wings
If you have the ability to sew, it would be good to sew the velcro on the costume instead of gluing it. If that is the case, attach the velcro first. If not, Liquid Stitch will work (it’s what I used), but be careful pulling the velcro apart. Too much pulling will take the velcro right off the costume.
Glue a strip of velcro (the stiff half) down the back of the sweatshirt. Glue two short strips of stiff velcro to the shoulders and two longer strips down the arms of the sweatshirt.
Glue the matching soft strips of velcro down the center back of the wings and across the top of the wings (on the inside of the wings…not on top of the feathers).
Let everything dry for 24 hours.
On Halloween, have your child don the sweatpants, sweatshirt, and hat. Attach the wings with the velcro. Collect lots of candy. And don’t forget to take pictures!