Homemade sea otter costumes

When your child has set their heart on a sea otter costume, making one is often the only option. Sea otter costumes are not widely available and crafting one at home can seem a daunting and difficult proposition. There is a way to approach making the costume that involves some sewing, but will produce a beautiful costume that your child will want to wear often.

The body

The body of the sea otter costume can be based on a simple baggy jumpsuit pattern, available from sewing shops online and in the high street. Furry fabric in grey can also be purchased from fabric shops, along with matching thread for your sewing machine, velcro or zips for fastenings and black felt to be used for detail. If the jumpsuit pattern has mittens and feet included, in the style of a babygrow, it will make the overall impression of a sea otter more realistic.


The furry mittens produced with the jumpsuit should be simple to adapt. The black felt can be doubled over, so there are two layers of material to mark and then cut. Mark out four of 1.5 inch circles and one 3 inch oblong on the doubled cloth and then carefully cut out the shapes from the felt. The black paw pads can then be glued into the palm side of the mitten to form a paw shape.


The feet of the jumpsuit will have to be large enough to go over simple plimsolls, so your sea otter can walk comfortably. Using the doubled black felt again, mark out four of 2 inch circles and a larger 4 inch oblong. Cut them carefully and then glue them to the underside of the feet of the jumpsuit. You may wish to cut out and keep some spare paw pads for the feet, as walking for any period of time will cause the paw pads to become frayed or fall off the furry fabric.


The jumpsuit will already have a furry hood to be pulled up when the costume is worn, but the face of the sea otter will need to be made as a mask, or painted on with face-paints. For the mask, take a triangular section of tough cardboard measuring 3 inches each side and round off the edges. Glue furry fabric to the cardboard, overlapping the edges. Cut out a small 1 inch triangle from the black felt fabric for the nose and round the edges. The mask should be an upside down triangle, and the nose triangle also upside down, placed near the bottom of the mask. Then cut two round black 1 inch felt shapes and stick them near the top of the mask for eyes.

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