How to Make a Kid's Werewolf Costume

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Pumpkins and princesses are fine Halloween costumes for some kids. But others just want to be scary. One option for the latter is a werewolf suit. Yes, plenty of costume shops sell it, but you can also make your own at home with a few simple materials and a bit of creativity. In addition, this serves as a great daytime project that will have your kid beaming with joy… until that full moon comes out…

Things You'll Need

  • Black or brown child-size sweatsuit
  • Pinking shears
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • 2-foot roll of fake fur fabric
  • Two black 3-by-5-inch index cards
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black or brown knit hat

Cut the finished edges off the sweatshirt and the pants with pinking shears. This technique gives the hems a jagged look without causing the fabric to unravel. Turn the sweatshirt inside out. Cut a strip of fake fur that is 2 inches wide and 8 inches long. Place it inside the collar so that half is inside the shirt and half hangs out over the neckline. Sew the fur to the shirt all the way around. Turn the shirt right side out.

Cut five to seven random holes in the sweatpants, about 2 inches by 4 inches, with the pinking shears. Position these holes anywhere you like that will not affect the structural integrity of the pants. For example, do not cut a hole in the seam between the legs or on top of the elastic waistband. Do the same for the sweatshirt.

Flip both the shirt and the pants inside out. Cut one 3-by-5-inch square of fake fur for each hole. Sew these squares to the shirt and pants, fur side down, so they cover each hole. Then turn both garments right side out, and have your child try them on.

Cut two 3-inch equilateral triangles from the fur to make ears. Cut two black index cards of the exact same size, and glue them to the furless side of these triangles. Sew these “ears” onto the knit hat, one on the left and one on the right.

Cut another strip of fake that is 2 inches wide and 8 inches long. Sew it around the outside of the hat’s opening, fur side out. Trim if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Accessorize the costume with black fingernails, and paint whiskers on your child’s face with black or brown eyeliner. Plastic fangs are always a hit, too, although they can be uncomfortable to wear.
  • You should be able to find fake fur fabric at any fabric or craft store. Try to get a color that is close to color of the sweatsuit.
  • Make the holes you cut in the pants and shirt smaller if the costume is for a toddler or baby.

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