How to make a child's monkey costume

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How to make a child's monkey costume
Get ready for monkey business on Trick or Treat with this monkey costume. (Getty creative)

Children love playtime because they get to run around, hang upside down on the playground and act like monkeys. Let them dress the part for Halloween. Make a monkey costume complete with round ears, a banana for snack time and a long tail to grab branches and swing through the treetops. Your little monkey will love this cosy costume and ask to wear it even when it is not Halloween.

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Things you need

  • Brown sleeper pyjamas
  • Brown knit cap or hooded sweatshirt
  • 1 metre brown fake fur fabric
  • 1 square yellow craft felt
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Fiberfill
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut four circles out of the fake fur, each about 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter.

  2. 2

    Put two circles together with fur sides touching. Pin together and sew along the edge to make a 12 mm (1/2-inch) seam, leaving about 5 cm (2 inches) open.

  3. 3

    Remove pins, turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Stitch closed. Make the second ear. Sew the ears onto the sides of a brown knit cap or hood of a sweatshirt.

  4. 4

    Cut a strip of fake fur about a metre (39 inches) long, 13 cm (5 inches) wide and slightly curved along the last 30 cm (1 foot) of fabric.

  5. 5

    Fold in half lengthwise with fur on the inside. Pin together and sew along the length of the tail and around one end to make a 12 mm (1/2-inch) seam.

  6. 6

    Remove pins, turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Use a kitchen tongs or yardstick to stuff the fiberfill down into the tail. Stitch closed. Sew the tail to the back of the sleeper.

  7. 7

    Cut an 20-by-13 cm (8-by-5 inch) rectangle out of the yellow felt. Fold in half lengthwise and pin together.

  8. 8

    Sketch a banana on the felt with the pencil. The pencil marks will not show when you turn the banana inside out. Cut out the banana along the pencil line through both layers.

  9. 9

    Sew along the outside to make a 12 mm (1/2-inch) seam. Leave about 5 cm (2 inches) open. Remove pins and turn inside out. Stuff with fiberfill and stitch closed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not use a sewing machine, make small stitches with the needle and thread, and double back to secure the stitching, especially when sewing the banana and stitching the tail to the sleeper. Add a pocket on the sleeper to carry the banana or attach the banana with double-sided Velcro. Make more bananas out of the remaining yellow felt and sew the ends together to make a bunch of bananas.
  • Make sure the tail does not drag on the ground and create a tripping hazard.

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