When you need a costume that is fast, cheap and easy, you can't go wrong by dressing as a sheep. An easy sheep costume requires no sewing and can be adapted to fit everyone from babies to adults.
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Things you need
- 1 to 3 m (1 to 3 yards) 114 cm (45 inches) wide fake white or off-white wool fabric
- Sewing pins
- Black headband or plain black baseball cap
- Long-sleeved black T-shirt, sweatshirt or turtleneck
- Black trousers, sweatpants or leggings
- 2 safety pins
- Black belt or sash (optional)
- Black face make-up
Measure the length from the shoulders to 15 cm (6 inches) below the waist with a tape measure. Double that amount to find the total length of wool fabric you should buy.
Unfold the fabric and refold it in the centre width-wise so that the furry sides are together. When you hold it up against the body at the shoulders, it should be the right length.
Adjust the width of the fabric by trimming one side of the folded-over fabric, if necessary. The fabric should be 2.5 to 5 cm (1 or 2 inches) wider than the shoulders on each side. Mark the line to cut using pins.
Check to make sure your centre fold is still at the true centre. Mark the area to cut a hole for the head using pins. You will be cutting a half oval shape over the fold with one curving line. The result will be a long, thin oval wide enough for your head. Start small and increase the size as needed.
Using the wool fabric you cut off of the width, cut out two triangles with 5 cm (2 inch) sides. Pin these wool "ears" to your headband or baseball cap.
Put the wool fabric on over the black shirt and black trousers. Belt if desired. Put on the ears and use the black make-up to make a sheep's nose.
Tips and warnings
- Fake wool fabric is available with other fake furs in most fabric and craft shops.