This year I was really excited about Halloween a little more than usual. I now have “Costume Power” again. My son has been selecting his own costume for years now. I can’t pick out little cute costumes that I love for him. That aint cool! Now that I have a little one I get “Costume Power” for at least the next 3 years. EXCITED!!!!
With all this power I started browsing the web early for thee cutest little girl costume ever. Now don’t get me wrong, I found some super cute costumes but they came with a really cute price. I am not going to pay $50+ for a costume for my 9 month old that probably won’t want the crap on her anyway. That didn’t stop me from browsing though, now I was browsing for costume ideas. Do it yourself (DIY) ideas I found some really good stuff. Some were better suited for a baby that was walking. We aren’t there yet. I continued to look and found a sushi costume (Nori is a type of seaweed, would have been cute right.) and then I saw an owl. I was hooked from then on. I began searching for DIY owl costumes and there were plenty out there. I had no idea. I then decided I would combine all the things I liked about the costumes and make it my own. That is just what I did.
I started with the costume template I found here and then went to work. I wasn’t feeling the mask because I knew my baby was not going to keep anything on her face. So I browsed for even more costumes to find some mask options. That would be the last thing I’d make so that wasn’t a big deal. So here we go…
I went to JoAnn Fabrics and picked up my supplies. I opted to use felt instead of fleece but either will work. In the picture I have traced the makings of my first set of “feathers” I scale mine down in size because my daughter is only 9 months. You will need to adjust yours depending on the side of the person.
I got the hoody from Target. I used the hoody as the base for the costume.
This is one piece of felt; it was less than $0.20
Here is the hoody with a set of “feathers” sewn on. A hot glue gun will work just the same.
Here I’ve started working on the body. My camera is so vibrant the features are blending in with the hoody. In person you can see the contrast.
Now I’ve added white to the upper body. You can use any color you want when designing your owl.
Here are the makings of the mask. I decided I would sew it to the hood since she won’t wear it on her face. I cut out the outline of my mask (matching it up size wise to the hood) then I made circles for the eyes. I randomly made a nose and cut it out as well. I then sewed all those pieces on to make the look come together. Now I’m ready to attach the mask to the hood and pop some eyes in.
All done, I’m really proud of the way it turned out. It was really easy to make and it was fun to make it my own. Now I’m hooked and ready to make next year’s costume although I have no idea what that is going to be. Using a hooded sweatshirt as a base took a lot of the guess work out of the project.
Photo Credit: D. Todd
Thanks to my favorite photographer Derrel Todd for capturing my creative skills during this Fall Photo shoot of my Nori. She was the cutest little owl I’ve ever seen. Baby and Costume made by “MimiCuteLips”
Photo Credit: D. Todd
My Nori Michelle @ 9 months of age looking comfy and cute in her owl costume. This rocking chair is almost as special as my little girl. My grandmother gave me and all my cousins this rocking chair for Christmas in 1988. This chair was for our dolls, I’ve proudly held on to mine. I never thought in a million years I would have my own daughter to pass this heirloom on to. NOW I DO! I only wish my grandmother was living to see this moment.
Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.