Eeyore, the moody donkey and friend of Winnie-the-Pooh, is a popular choice for fancy-dress parties and Halloween, especially for little ones. Don't be tempted to buy or hire a ready-made outfit - you can easily make a costume at home using clothes that you may already have.
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Things you need
- Hooded sweatshirt in blue or grey – one to two sizes too big
- Baggy blue or grey jogging bottoms
- Cushion pad
- Purple felt
- Grey or blue felt to match sweatshirt
- Pink felt
- Grey button
- Black wool
- Black fur fabric
- Pink ribbon
- Grey sugar paper
- Peach sugar paper
- Paper plate
- Black marker pen
- Fabric glue or sewing kit
Cut a large oval shape from the purple felt material. Sew or stick this to the front of the sweatshirt.
Sew a strip of fur fabric from the top of the hood of the sweatshirt down to a point between where the shoulder blades will be.
Turn the sweatshirt inside out. Take the cushion pad and attach it to the inside front of the sweatshirt. Use a few stitches in each corner of the pad to ensure it is secure – this is Eeyore’s tummy.
Cut two ear shapes from the grey or blue felt. Cut two slightly smaller ear shapes from the pink felt.
Sew or stick the pink ear shapes to the grey or blue ear shapes.
Attach the ears to the hood of the sweatshirt – one on either side of the black fur fabric mane. Use fabric glue or stitch them in place. Eeyore’s ears are droopy so you do not need to make your ears stand up.
Measure and cut out a thin length of grey or blue felt, ensuring that it will be long enough when attached to the bottom of the sweatshirt to fall just above the back of the wearer’s knees.
Cut eight to ten short strands of black wool, equal in length. Sew these to the end of the tail.
Sew the tail to the bottom of the sweatshirt with a grey button.
Tie a pink ribbon round the end of the tail.
Draw around the paper plate onto the grey sugar paper. Cut out the circle. Do the same with the peach coloured sugar paper. Then cut each circle of sugar paper in half.
Cut two eye holes in the half circle of grey sugar paper. Slope these from the inside outwards to replicate Eeyore’s droopy eyes. Cut two corresponding eye holes in the paper plate.
Stick the grey sugar paper over the paper plate, matching up the eye holes. Stick the peach sugar paper below.
Draw a line with the black marker down the middle of the mask. Draw several very short horizontal lines across this vertical line to look like stitches. Draw two thick black eyebrows above the eye holes and some lashes around the eyes. Draw two nostrils on the bottom half of the mask.
Cut a small hole at the edge of the mask on each side just above where the wearer’s ears will be. Thread an end of the elastic through each hole, tying a knot to secure it. Make sure the wearer puts the mask on first, and then pulls up the hood of the sweatshirt to hide the elastic.
Tips and warnings
- Pop purple mittens on hands and purple socks on feet to make Eeyore’s paws.
- If you don’t want to make a mask then use face paints instead.
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