This DIY costume is adorable, fast, and inexpensive. A win for crafty moms everywhere.
- White jacket in the necessary size
- A needle and thread
- A low-temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
- a little quilt batting
- 1/4 yard white felt
- 2 in. cut of pink felt (Joann fabric’s smallest fabric cut is 2 inches)
- 2 in. cut of purple felt
- 2 in. cut of green felt
- 2 in. cut of yellow felt
- 2 in. cut of blue felt
- White fur leg warmers*
- White leggings*
Firstly, make a pattern for the wings. I did double wings like this:
I suggest folding a piece of newspaper in half and drawing wing one wing with the center edge landing on the fold in the newspaper. Once you’ve drawn a wing shape you’re happy with, cut it out, leaving the fold in tact, making sure to cut threw both the front and back sheet of newspaper. Then you’ll have a pattern for two identical, mirror-imaged, attached wings. The image below shows the outline of a big set of wings and the silhouette of a second, smaller set of wings. In the image they overlap, but when you cut them out, you will want them to be separate. No overlap of the two in the pattern. The over lapping happens once the two separate set of wings have been made.
Once you have your pattern pieces, cut out two of each pattern piece in white felt. Then make a sandwich with a piece of cut-out felt on bottom, a piece of quilt batting in the middle, and the matching piece of cut-out felt on top. Once this sandwich has been made, you’re ready to sew! I quilted the sandwich together with cream thread, but if you like sewing machines, you could certainly do that. I quilted all the way around the edge of the sandwiched felts, and I added a little line from the dips in the wings edge into the center.
The horn is very easy. I followed this picture tutorial to make the horn, sewing the finished horn to the crown of the jacket hood.
Then I made the tail and mane! They are surprisingly fast and easy. First I cut all my colored felts into 7 in. X 1.5 in. pieces. The pieces always come in pairs, so make sure you have an even number of each color. The costume I was making was small, so I only used 11 pairs (22 pieces in total). Cut two slits on each short side of your pieces (the three strands made by these cuts will each be about .5 inches.) Stack the pairs together and organize into a rainbow pattern
Sew a stacked pair of felt pieces right behind the horn, to the top of the hood by running a stitch through the uncut middles of the pair. Then sew the next color pair a little further down the back, lining up and abutting the first. Continue until you’ve sewn pieces all the way down the back of the hood.
For the tail, sew you matching pairs of felt pieces to each other, but not to anything else. Once you’ve run a stitch through the same place you stitched for the mane, pick up the next match pair and begin sewing them without discontinuing the running stitch from the previous pair. This way, you’ll essentially connect all the pairs into a long “Tail.” Once your tail is long enough to look right, sew the top of it to the back, bottom of the jacket.
One final touch: I did not want my seams to show throughout my mane and tail. Plus, I wanted them to have a little bit of lift, instead of lying flat. So, I ran a bead of hot glue over the top of the seam, and then I brought the two top pieces together, helping them to fuse along the bead of glue, hiding the seam underneath. It worked really well, and gave the mane and tail a much more natural look.
Try it out and tell me what you think!
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