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
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Things you need
- Hooded shirt
- Felt or faux fur
- Pink felt
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric glue
- Needle or sewing machine
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.
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.
Trace the ear templates on a piece of felt or faux fur. The material should match the sweatshirt.
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.
Cut out the felt ears and pink insides with fabric scissors.
Use fabric glue to adhere the pink interior to the centre of the ear.
Put the sweatshirt on and pull up the hood. Mark location for the ears with a Sharpie and take off the sweatshirt.
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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