How to make a fox costume

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How to make a fox costume
Example of a fox costume. (Courtesy of Photobucket.)

A fox costume is a simple animal costume to make for a themed party. Children and adults can wear it, and alter it to fit their style. All it entails is some sewing and creativity. The fox ranges from the colours of red and orange, so choose which colour works best for you.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Red or orange tracksuit bottoms or tights
  • Red or orange short skirt (if you are using tights)
  • Red or orange long sleeved shirt
  • Sewing machine
  • Headband
  • 2 metres (2 yards) of red or orange fabric
  • 1 metre (1 yard) white fur or fluffy fabric
  • Marker
  • Large bag of cotton stuffing
  • Red, orange, white and black face make-up, if desired
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Plain white tennis shoes or slippers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create the top part of the fox costume first. Measure out 30 cm (1 foot) of the white fur fabric. This 30 cm (12 inch) space will go across the top of your chest, tapering down into a triangle that will end at your belly button. Cut from either side of the measured out 30 cm (12 inches), angling down until the lines run into each other, about 60 cm (2 feet). The white fabric should resemble a skinny triangle. Sew this to the middle of the long-sleeved shirt, with each side of the white fabric starting before each armpit, about 10 cm (4 inches) down from the top of the shoulders. After sewing is completed, the white triangle will resemble the fluffy white chest of a fox.

  2. 2

    Use the scissors to cut out furry wrist cuffs from the white fabric that will be sewn onto the edges of each sleeve. Cut out 10 to 12.5 (4 to 5 inches) of fabric (this all depends on the measurements of the wrists) that are about 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick, and sew each strip to the edge of each sleeve by the hands.

  3. 3

    Repeat Step 2 with the bottom cuffs of the sweatpants or tights. Make the two strips of white fur fabric about 5 cm (2 inches) wide for the trousers. Sew them around the bottom cuffs that will sit over your shoes.

  4. 4

    Create the bushy fox tail. Use the scissors and cut out the first side of the tail out of the red or orange fabric. Make it at least 90 cm (3 feet) long and 30 cm (1 foot) wide. Cut it into the shape of a large oval, but taper the end of the tail a little more to make it a point. When you have trimmed the tail size to what you desire, lay the piece onto the red or orange fabric and trace around it to make the other side of the tail.

    How to make a fox costume
    Example of a fox tail
  5. 5

    Sew the edges together, leaving the top edge of the tail open large enough for you to insert the cotton stuffing. Next, measure out 10 to 12.5 cm (4 to 5 inches) of the white fabric. This fabric will be sewn on the end of the tail to create the white tip of the fox tail. Cut out two separate pieces that measure identically, creating them into triangles like the white chest piece. Sew these triangles onto each side of the end of the tail, creating a white tip all around.

  6. 6

    Use the cotton stuffing to firmly pack the tail so that it puffs out and will swing back and forth when you walk. Make sure that it is packed it securely. Then, sew up the top part of the tail.

  7. 7

    Sew the tail onto the back of the trousers right in the middle. It will be most secure if sewn into the thickest part of the waistband or hem. Sew it so it falls right over the tailbone. (If you chose tights, sew the tail into the waistband of the skirt).

  8. 8

    Create the ears. Cut out four triangles of the red or orange fabric, measuring 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) on each side. Next, measure out two white pieces of furry fabric that measure 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) on each side. Sew each white triangle to one of the red or orange triangles, lining up the bottom of the triangles so there is an inch or two or red or orange showing on top of the white. There should be two red or orange triangles, and two with the white centre for the inside of the ears.

  9. 9

    Sew the ear pieces together to make two ears. Sew the top two sides of each triangle together, leaving the bottom one open (where the white fabric is lined up evenly) in order to insert the cotton stuffing.

  10. 10

    Stuff the cotton into the ears firmly so they will stand up straight when attached to the headband. For the headband, cut a strip of orange or red fabric out that equals the length of the headband, usually around 30 cm (12 inches). Cut the strip so it is around 5 cm (2 inches) thick. Curl this strip into a tube and sew the two sides together carefully. Slide the fabric tubing over the headband and attach the fox ears to the fabric.

  11. 11

    Sew each of the fox ears to the headband's fabric, on top about 5 cm (2 inches) or more apart. To complete the costume, put on the trousers, the shirt and the white shoes or slippers, and the ears. Add make-up to the face to appear like a fox if desired by making a black nose, whiskers, and orange or red strokes of paint to look like fur on the cheeks, forehead and chin.

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