Aren't these owl baby twins a hoot? Last year, Shannon Stoughton turned her twin girls, Karsyn and McKinley, into eco-friendly little owls, earning the family second place in the 2010 Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest. The two girls are wore hand-knitted owl beanies, and homemade wings and layers of handmade felt feathers that could be Velcroed on and off of their onesies. You'll need patience to create these adorable DIY baby costumes, but they don't require sewing skills. Read on to discover the secrets of making these owl Halloween costumes.
What You Need
- Crocheted owl hat (Shannon got hers from an Etsy crafter)
- Brown long sleeve onesie
- Brown tights
- Dark brown felt (look for eco felt made from recycled plastic water bottles)
- Light brown felt
- Hot pink felt
- Stitch Witchery
- Velcro strips (heavy duty)
How to Make the Owl Wings
- Lay out dark brown felt and draw on the felt with pencil or chalk the shape of a wing that measures approx. from your child’s shoulder to just past her hips. Aim for a clean edge on the back side of the wing and a wavy pattern on the other side, bring the tip of the wing to a point. Trace this wing to use as the second wing for the other arm.
- Do the same as Step 1 with the hot pink felt but make that wing smaller then the dark brown, approx from your child’s shoulders to their stomach area. Trace this wing to use as the second wing for the other arm.
- Do the same as Step 2 with the light brown felt but make that wing even smaller, approx from your child’s shoulders to their chest area. Trace this wing to use as the second wing for the other arm.
- Lay the dark brown wings flat, leaving the clean edge of the wings on the outside and the wavy edge facing in. Then position the hot pink felt wing on top of the dark brown wing, same sides facing in and out, but line the top of the hot pink wing up close to the top of the dark brown wing. Once in position, cut strips of Stitch Witchery and carefully lay them in between the dark brown wing and hot pink wing. Then place a white t-shirt or dish towel on top of the pink wing and hold iron there for about 15 seconds (or per directions on Stitch Witchery). This should fuse the 2 wings together. It’s important that you do not iron directly onto the felt, it will melt it. Repeat with the light brown wing on top of the hot pink wing and repeat all steps again for other pieces for other wing.
How to Make the Feathers on the Onesie
- To make the feathers you will simply measure the length from one side of the front of the brown onesie, horizontally, to the other side of the onesie.
- Then cut strips of dark brown, light brown and hot pink felt that are this length, about 3-4 inches wide.
- Cut a “V” pattern along one edge of each strip of felt.
- Start by placing the top edge of one of the strips of feathers along the top of the front of the onesie, place a strip of Stitch Witchery the same distance as the feather strip along the underside in between the felt and the onesie. Use a t-shirt in between the iron and the felt strip to iron into place. Place the next strip underneath and below the exposed strip you just ironed on and repeat. Do this all the way down the front of the onesie, alternating colors for the feather strips.
- Place a Velcro strip down the shoulders of the brown onesie and then along the underside top shoulder portion of the 2 sets of wings. These should be adhesive velcro strips and you should then be able to Velcro the wings onto the onesie so they will hang better once on your child. You can bend the felt wings to slightly form them.
The Finishing Touches
Pair the onesie and wings with brown tights and an owl hat. While Shannon bought a handmade hat from Etsy, you could make your own version by buying a solid color beanie and making a nose and felt eyes similar to the way you made the wings and iron those onto the beanie using Stitch Witchery.