Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DIY No Sew Owl Costume

Last year I could not figure out for the life of me what I wanted to dress Roweyn up as for Halloween. It finally hit me about 2 weeks before...an Owl...duh!! Roweyn and I kinda have an obsession with owls...okay maybe it's just me but I make her have one too. ;) I searched all over the internet trying to find one not only in her size, but actually cute! I found super cute ideas on etsy, but didn't want to pay so much and they wouldn't have it done in time. So after some persuasion and help from my super crafty best friend who was making her daughters costume, I decided I would attempt to make Roweyn her owl costume.

I had a few ideas in my head of how I was going to go about this, since 1. I don't sew. I could but I don't really know my way around a sewing machine without some help and that was more than I really wanted to attempt. And 2. I don't knit or crochet.
Anyways back to the ideas....I wanted a hat knitted of basically an Owl face. My best friend was awesome enough to offer up her services for me and whipped out a hat in like a day! The next idea was to basically take a onesie and some felt  and create an owl body. I had bought some leg warmers right before starting this project and they were perfect for her costume, so I used the colors of those to figure out the rest of the costume.

Fair Warning: This is my very first DIY post of any kind, so please bear with me as I go through everything. Also the photos are not great quality, I think I took them around 10 at night as I was making the costume.

What You Need:
Felt or patterned fabric in 2 or 3 colors. I used Purple, Teal and Brown Felt.
Fabric Glue
Scrap cardstock, paper, or anything you can use to draw out your pattern
Legwarmers and tights

So here's what I did for my No Sew DIY Owl Costume:

Start by drawing your pattern on cardstock or something similar and then cut out your pattern  to determine the size of your feathers.

I went with the larger size.

 Use the feather pattern to cut out all your feathers.

Mine aren't all the exact same size, I feel it gives it more character when they're all a little different.

Put your extra carstock inside the onsie in case your glue seeps through the fabric. 
Starting at the bottom of the onsie determine how you want your colors. 
I tried to make it so none of the colors would be right next to each other or on top of each other.
Glue only at the top of the feathers right along the straight edge. That way your feathers won't be stiff and can have some movement. I overlapped the feathers just slightly and as you can see none of them are really centered right over the other.

Keep gluing...

And gluing...

And gluing...until you get all the way to the top!

Below you can see I also made little tiny feathers to go around the entire collar of the onesie.

And the costume couldn't be complete until it had a tail! I took the rest of the brown felt and cut out a giant tail that I folded in half and cut little scallops out of each end. Then I took the remaining  purple and blue feathers, folded the brown tail in half and glued the feathers inside of it and glued it to the booty of the onesie!

So here is the result!!


  1. love it! you did such a good job =)




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