DIY Costume Animal Hoods

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DIY Costume Animal Hoods
Floppy ears with pink insides add colour to a white bunny costume. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Sewing an animal hood with ears, stripes or other details adds a finishing touch to a handmade costume. Whether you're making the costume for a child, yourself or another adult, animal hoods are more comfortable than wigs or hats and they keep you warm without constricting movement or sight. With basic sewing skills you can transform a plain hooded shirt into almost any cute, mighty or exotic animal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hooded shirt
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Felt or faux fur
  • Pink felt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Sharpie
  • Needle or sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Choose which animal the costume is based on and find a hooded sweatshirt in the same colour as the animal. For example, a black, white, grey, tan, orange or brown sweatshirt can work for a dog or cat costume. For a bunny costume, use a white, brown or pink sweatshirt.

  2. 2

    Measure the hood with a ruler and mark the length and width on a piece of paper. Draw the general shape of the animal's head and sketch ears in proportion to the size of the hood with a pencil. For example, draw long oval ears for a bunny and round ears for a panda bear. Cut out the ears with paper scissors.

  3. 3

    Trace the ear templates on a piece of felt or faux fur. The material should match the sweatshirt.

  4. 4

    Draw the same shape for the inside of the ear on pink felt. The inside should be about 3/4 the size of the ear.

  5. 5

    Cut out the felt ears and pink insides with fabric scissors.

  6. 6

    Use fabric glue to adhere the pink interior to the centre of the ear.

  7. 7

    Put the sweatshirt on and pull up the hood. Mark location for the ears with a Sharpie and take off the sweatshirt.

  8. 8

    Sew the ears on to the hood with the pink interior facing forward. Attach the ears by hand with needle and thread or use a sewing machine.

Tips and warnings

  • In addition to using the hood to construct the animal head, you can add the belly and tail to the body of the sweatshirt, or choose a fitted shirt to wear beneath the costume and plan to pull out the costume hood.

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