MAKE: simple animal dress-up costumes for kids.
My little gal is starting to really take an interest in playing pretend. I have to say, it is fun to watch!
So, with Halloween right around the corner, I decided to make her a costume that could pull double-duty for pretend play later on.
She loves animals, so that theme seemed like a natural fit for the costume. But, I figured if I kept the base of the costume neutral, I could create a couple of different animals out of one outfit. So, with a quick headband or tail change, my daughter can become a sweet mouse, a funny bunny or a cute cat.
I broke down how I made these costumes on my YouTube channel this week. Learn how easy it is to make these charming, quick and easy costumes for kids.
This craft is a very, very simple sewing project… and I used fleece, which is very forgiving. I couldn’t resist adding a little vintage fabric for a sweet and feminine touch. Oh, and fabric Mod Podge made the appliqués easy!
Full disclosure: This costume is not very fancy and my sewing skills are rudimentary and basic. If I can make these costumes, I know you can!
These interchangeable animal costumes (a bunny, a cat and a mouse) are so sweet and so simple to create. They’d be perfect for an easy DIY Halloween costume or for your kid’s pretend play.
Watch below and get the FREE template and full supply list at the bottom of the post:
If you did not want to create your own animal ear shapes, I did save my cuts and put the templates into a free printable that you can use. Just print off the sheet and cut out your desired shapes to trace onto fabric. It is so easy to make your favorite animal ears! Click HERE to download the print OR the photo below.
SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT NEEDED
(some items are similar to what I used & links are affiliates)
- Gray fleece fabric
- Floral printed cotton fabric
- Needle & thread
- Sewing machine
- Mod Podge for Fabric
- Brush (my fav brand but narrower than the one I used in video)
- Chalk or fabric markers
- Paper and pen
- Fiber fill
- 18 gauge wire
- Duct tape
- Hot glue gun & glue
- Elastic cording
- White yarn
- Stiff gray felt
- Wire or Fabric Headbands
I love all three animals but I’m pretty sure my favorite version is the bunny… I just love that little pom-pom tail!