Monday, November 2, 2015

Hedwig Baby Owl No-Sew DIY Costume

Lottie dressed as little Hedwig to go with her big sister, Hermione.

After looking at many, many baby owl and Hedwig costumes on Pinterest, I found this one and knew it was the one. Her tutorial is here.

The main fabric is some cheap white polar fleece that was left over from the Max costume I made Leo a few years ago.

Other supplies were a white feather hackle pad from an etsy seller, a package of white feathers that I barely made a dent in, a package of white 5/8" fold over elastic (from Jo-ann) and felt scraps for the headband. The black part of the eyes are some sticky gems I found in the Halloween supplies at Michael's.

I cut out the feathers four-layers at a time in front of the TV one evening and it didn't take long at all. They are free-handed in a variety of widths and lengths.

For the cape, I didn't quite follow her tutorial. Instead, I measured the neck line of one of her dresses that fits well, and cut a circle skirt using that measurement. I cut a slit all the way up it to open it, wrapped it around her, and then marked a section of excess to cut out (and used that for more feathers). I think you could get away with 3/4 of a circle (or even less) but I left hers a little fuller.

I draped it over her again and marked where her arms would come out with a marker. Then I stabilized the fleece there (on the under side) with a strip of fusible interfacing and cut a slit.

The rest was all hot glue! I started at the neck and worked my way around and down, tucking each new layer a little under the row above it. Then I went back in and added the real feathers randomly. I left a small section uncovered where the back overlapped.

The hackle pad is hot glued to the elastic and I simply tied the ends in a bow around the back of her head. I used a cone of thread to measure the big brown circles, and a smaller spool of thread to measure the light brown circles.

I was going to add button closures, but realized two safety pins would work just as well. She has on a white long sleeved onesie (and a white sweater when it was a little chillier) and some gold tights and shoes.

She got a million compliments and had a blast trick-or-treating. No candy necessary—she was just happy to be out walking.

We couldn't convince their brother to be Harry, so he was a muggle (police officer).

Only a handful of people thought she was a chicken. The cutest chicken they had ever seen, of course.

Thanks for reading!

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