How to make a lion headdress

Updated April 17, 2017

Dressing up as a lion has obvious benefits for anyone who enjoys acting out a sequence that includes thunderous roars, wild chasing games and a sprawled-out cat nap. Your toddler or preschooler might not need to dress up as a lion to exhibit such authentic, lion-like behaviours. However, if your little cub requires a lion headdress for events such as a fancy dress party or a school concert, you can make one out of inexpensive materials such as coloured felt along with a few upcycled items of clothing.

Measure the circumference of the hood opening of a yellow -- or brown-coloured -- hooded top, such as a hooded sweatshirt, or a yellow -- or brown-coloured -- balaclava that is in your child's size. Add 10cm (4 inches) to the measurement. Cut a strip of light brown felt that is 5cm (2 inches) wide and as long as the circumference measurement.

Cut approximately 100 strips of felt in assorted colours of yellow, beige and light brown. Each strip of felt should measure approximately 2.5cm (1 inch) in width and have a length of 20cm (8 inches).

Place the large felt strip onto a table top. Lay the 2-cm (1-inch) wide felt strips across the large strip. Alternate the colours of the small felt strips to achieve an even distribution and achieve varied lengths by placing them at different points on the large felt strip.

Pin the small strips into place and then machine stitch around the large felt strip about 5mm (1/4 inch) from the edge using thread in a coordinating colour. Remove the pins.

Pin the centre of the hood strip onto the central outside part of the garment hood. Position the hood strip around the hood opening and then pin it into place. Sew the hood strip to the hood opening by taking a 5-mm (1/4-inch) seam allowance. Let the small felt strips hang loose and avoid catching them in your line of stitching. Remove the pins.

Let your child try on the lion headdress to check it for size. Trim off any lengths of felt that hang too far down or fall into your child's eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Hooded top or balaclava
  • Tape measure
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
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About the Author

Mother of three and graduate of the London Metropolitan University, Julie Vickers is an early years teacher and writer who also loves to craft and create! She writes on topics such as education, health and parenting for websites such as School Explained and has contributed learning sessions on child development and behavior for the Education Information and Learning Services website.