How to make an easy sheep costume

Written by k.c. winslow
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How to make an easy sheep costume
Take a close look at a sheep. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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
  • Scissors
  • 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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

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