Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Homemade Skunk Costume for Halloween

This year, my boys decided they would like to be skunks for Halloween.
So I started with what I always use as bases for our homemade children's costumes: Jumping Bean hoodies from Kohl's.
I bought two black Jumping Bean hoodies from the Toddler Girls' section.

I then turned to my felt supply.
I cut a white stripe out that would be long enough to go down the length of the entire hood and a little bit down the back.  The tail is going to curve up so it will cover most of the back, so I saved myself some cutting and sewing and just sewed the white stripe on the head, where it would show.

I know skunks have two lines going down their backs but in the interest of time and due to a shortage of white felt, I just went with one stripe.

I sewed the white stripe to the hood using a blanket stitch at the tip of the hood and a running stitch down the sides of the felt.

Next it was time for the ears.
Using some black and pink scraps, I cut the following shapes out.  (You only need to make one pair of ears if you are making one costume).

When pinched, the ears will look like this:

I attached the pink to the black with a running stitch.

Then I pinched it and sewed it closed with a blanket stitch.

Finally, I attached the ears to the hood with a blanket stitch.

And lastly, it was time for the tail.  I cut a pair of black shapes out for the tail, making sure it was long enough to start from the back bottom of the hoodie and go up to the hood.  
It is going to curve, so it won't actually go over the hood of the outfit.

I cut out a white stripe the length of the tail for the side you will see.

And then I cut out a smaller white strip for the other side of the tail, because you only see the part of it that is curling back.

I sewed the white stripes onto the two pieces of the tail with a sewing machine.

And then I sewed the pair of tails together on all sides but the bottom, leaving it open for stuffing.
I used brown packaging paper to stuff the tail, putting more into the bottom half because that needed to stick straight up, and less in the tip of the tail because I needed to bend it to give the tail it's curl.

I then sewed the bottom of the tail to the bottom back side of the sweatshirt with a blanket stitch.  I blanket stitched the sides going up the sweatshirt, up to where I needed the tail to curve.  The top half of the tail is not sewn to the sweatshirt.  I just bent it and using a blanket stitch, sewed the curve in place.

And with that, the skunk costume was done!

Here are some of the costumes I have made for my kids over the years with links to their tutorials.  The pig costume was the only one not made out of a Jumping Bean hoodie.

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