Lion Hoodie DIY – Adult & Kid Sizes

Lion Hoodie Costume Project (A Beautiful Mess)Halloween is one of my favorite childhood memories! I loved choosing my costume, picking out candy at the grocery store, decorating our porch and of course trick-or-treating. Growing up, most of our costumes were homemade, usually from items we already had at home. I love the memories of helping my mom craft costumes for us to wear! Looking back, the memories of making the costumes are even stronger than the actual holiday. With that sentiment in mind, we created these lion hoodies:Lion Hoodie Supplies + Steps 1Supplies: jacket with a hood (both for you and your little one), yarn, cotton fabric, felt, sewing machine, stuffing, embroidery thread + needle, and scissors. 1. Begin by cutting a strip of fabric the circumference of the hood on your jacket. 2. Then, take the yarn and lay it down onto the fabric, back and forth, creating loops all along the fabric. Stitch it in place as you go. 3. Once the yarn is stitched on, cut each end so that the yarn is no longer in loops. If you want the mane to be fuller at the top, simply repeat this step in the middle of the fabric, leaving the ends of the fabric with still only one layer of yarn. 4-5. Attach the fabric by sewing it all the way around the hood of your jacket. 

Lion Hoodie Steps 26. To make the ears, cut out four identical pieces of fabric. 7. On two of these pieces, hand stitch with enbroidery thread felt pieces, creating the inside of the ear. Then, with the other two pieces and the insides facing each other, sew the ears together and turn them inside out. 8. Lastly, fill them with stuffing and hand stitch them onto the hoodie. This project took us only one afternoon, so it's perfect for those last minute costume parties! Lion Costume Project (A Beautiful Mess)Lion Costume Project (A Beautiful Mess)Lion Costume Project (A Beautiful Mess)I hope that some of you get to enjoy making homemade costumes for the kiddos in your life! You get to have fun crafting and, best of all, creating a memory they will keep forever. After we snapped these photos, my neice and my mom went out shopping wearing these hoodies. How cute is that? XO. elsie 

  • This is really cute. They had this show on a few days before Halloween for craft costumes and there was this super cute mom and a son and the little boy was a gorilla holding a Barbie and the mom was the empire state building made out of cardboard with a hat for the point, it was really adorable.

    Great craft thoughts!

  • I made this for halloween, and added a tail (I sweed it to the hem of the hoodie). Turned out very cute, I am wearing it to work today, and have received lots of compliments. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • Nice! I’ve seen several commercially available versions that are more of a hat than a hoodie – these are a great (and much lower cost) idea!

  • Oh, thank goodness I found this on Pinterest by accident. I spent all morning shopping for materials to make a lioness costume (leaning more toward pink/purple lion). I got everything I need to do this–yahoo! You just saved me a lot of “figuring it out” time.

  • Ohhh these photos are so cute! Such a fun DIY project!

  • Those are the cutest hoodies ever!

    Rachel Nicole @ Summer Breeze

  • Lovely, lovely lovely! Did I mention how lovely they look. I think my little boy will be ‘following the yellow brick road’ this Halloween. Thanks for the great idea

  • Haha, that is the most adorable thing ever! I love her smile. She’s such a cutie pie. 🙂

    xo, Adriana.

  • i hope you put at least one of these photos in a frame, can’t even decide which one i love most!

  • Totally cute! There’s nothing better than handmade costumes. As the single mother of three girls, I have had to get creative so this definitely resonates with me:)

  • extremely adorable!!! Nice job!! I really want to do this eventually with my younger son, because his middle name means Lion in Hebrew.

  • This is adorable!


  • OMG who is this little QT! She’s a mini Elsie! Love it. Xo, Inna Baking in Couture

  • Cute! Parents should do this more often with their kids they will learn something. Homemade is much better than store bought. 🙂

  • So cool!! My nieces are gonna love it!! 🙂

  • This is adorable! These types of things make me wish I had a child to dress up.


  • That is so cool! I think my little brother would love it 🙂


  • Possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen. I’m 19 and I want to make one for myself. The last picture kills me. So. Cuuuute!

  • This is too cute! what a little trooper! xx

  • Perfect for trick or treating!!! It’s always colder than you really want it to be 🙂

  • How cute!! Even we don’t celebrate Halloween, I’m gonna make this one!

  • That little girl is so gorgeous 🙂

    Might have to give this a go, looks like a lot of fun!

  • This is fab! ben would totally reject this (he’s nearly 8 and would think he’s too old for this type of thing) but it’s still a lovely tutorial.Rx

  • Awwwww – This is so sweet! I love it:)

    Stephanie May*

  • Your niece looks EXACTLY like Boo from Monsters Inc! Absolutely precious and these are adorable.

  • Aww! too cute, my son would get a kick out of this! Especially if I let him “help”…. 😉

    Thank you for sharing!


  • THis is too ADORABLE!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • This is so cute! Great for a mom and kid!

    My blog:

  • This is so cute! What a wonderful idea 🙂

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • Perfect and simple. It is good for halloween too, not scare but so sweet, I love it.

  • These would be so cute for Halloween!


  • absolutely adorable! Oh my goodness, I need to forward this post to my cousin for her little kiddos!

  • super cute! I quite fancy one just for me

  • I remember my mom making all of my Halloween costumes when I was younger. It something that makes Halloween special and memorable! These are super precious! Love it!

  • LOL I laughed so hard when looking at those cute pictures. This is really (again) so creative and cute idea to make. Uhmm but I think it would be too funny for me to wear… and there is no children around here. Maybe saving this for my children (maybe) in the future 🙂 Cheers

    Anh @

  • This is super cute. I think they turned out really good and look professionally made! I love yours elsie!

  • I’m going to make these for all my best friends and I–we’re seniors in high school too, haha 😉 love it!

  • She is adorable! these hoodies are awesome- my son is already going to be cookie monster, so i need to talk my husband into rocking a lion hoodie with me!!!

  • Oh my goodness, these are so cute! Way to go :). Your mom and niece must have gotten adoring looks when seen out and about in those.


  • OMG! Is this even real?! Love this!!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!


  • LOVE this! It reminds me of Simba from the Lion King. 😀

  • OMG!!!!!!! Dying, this is so adorable!! Will be making for my entire family!!!!! Thanks!

  • soo sweet! It’s too bad I only have little brothers who want to be rambo and mr. T. 🙁

  • This is so cute! I haven’t decided on my Halloween costume, but I’ll see if my sis can sew me somethin’ like this 😉


  • That is such a sweet idea! Love that your mum and your niece went out shopping in them too 🙂

  • Best tutorial you’ve done, and I LOVE many of your tutorials!! I can’t wait to make one of these for my little one for Christmas…we called him ‘Little Lion Man’ when he was a newborn because the Mumford & Sons song by the same name would mesmerize him and calm him when nothing else would.

    Any other animal hoodies in mind for this fall?? 🙂 I have a daughter too, who would love some kind of animal hoodie!

  • Awe 🙂 So adorable!!! I think it’s awesome you went shopping in them afterward. You got some sweet pictures too. ♥Lindsay

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