I'm so excited that Halloween in just around the corner. I love this time of year! One of my favorite things to do is come up with fun costume ideas for my littles. I figure that this will probably be the last year that I get to have a significant influence on what one of my children will be. Next year, I'm sure Baby Bumblebee will probably have a strong opinion of his own, so I better make the most of this Halloween.
The costume idea I'm sharing today is my very favorite Halloween costume. I wish I could take credit for this amazing idea, but I actually stole this idea from my talented friend Rachel. Below is a picture of her darling daughter dressed in her Owl costume. Isn't she the cutest? The costume Rachel made is perfection. I love how each of the "feathers" slightly curve up at the bottom. I know that this costume looks intricate and might seem overwhelming to recreate, but I promise that it is easier than it looks. I have very limited sewing skills and if you can't sew, a glue gun will do the trick just as well.
I also don't crochet, so I cheated and ordered the hat online. There are lots of cute hats available on Etsy, just search for crocheted owl hats. You'll want to choose your hat first so that you know what color scheme you'll want to go with. I love Rachel's soft pink palette for a little girl.
To make this costume start at your local thrift store and find some old sweaters to match your palette (or you could use some you have at home). I would say 3 or 4 sweaters will be plenty. You just want to have a some variety in color. Then cut out your "feathers" using a template that you make to keep them all uniform in size. All of the feathers are then glued or sewn in rows on to what looks like a cape with rounded corners. I cut my cape out of felt. You could then sew a tie around the neck or I used the neck of a button up sweater I had so that I could button the cape around his neck. I just cut it down to size and sewed it on. Finally bundle your little one in a cute sweater and you are ready to Trick or Treat.
I couldn't resist showing my little owl in a tree. Isn't he precious? Thanks to Meg Barlow for the adorable pictures of my little guy.