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:Supplies: 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.
6. 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! 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!
These are too cute for words!!
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.
So freaking adorable!!!!
This is such a cute idea! Absolutely darling.
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
i hope you put at least one of these photos in a frame, can’t even decide which one i love most!
Haha, that is the most adorable thing ever! I love her smile. She’s such a cutie pie. 🙂
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:)
these are the sweetest photos. they actually made me teary <3
extremely adorable!!! Nice job!! I really want to do this eventually with my younger son, because his middle name means Lion in Hebrew.
She looks just like you, it’s crazy!
You look sooo sweet ^.^
Lovely ..n very creative..thanks for sharing..
OMG who is this little QT! She’s a mini Elsie! Love it. Xo, Inna Baking in Couture
This is adorable!