If you haven’t discovered Pinterest yet, you’re missing out! This definition explains it all too well.
I had actually seen an example of a Halloween costume on Alpha Mom when I was pregnant with Rylie. (By the way, if you are pregnant, have ever been, or plan to be, you have to check out Alpha Mom’s Pregnancy Calendar. Hilarious!) I filed it away in my brain (Pinterest didn’t exist yet) for later.
Pinterest introduced me to a few more adorable owl costumes as inspiration.
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Rylie’s Halloween costume was my first attempt to recreate something crafty from Pinterest (I’ve tried plenty of recipes!). The knit owl hat was actually a gift from Auntie Jami. You could certainly find something similar on Etsy. The polka dot leggings actually started as little girl’s knee high socks from Target. I bought them before the costume idea crossed my mind. I found a tutorial for how to make them into leg warmers, which was actually super easy. I picked up a pack of long sleeved Carter’s onesies (she needed a few for the winter anyway) and picked out the brown one to use for the costume.
Once I realized that the hat and socks/leg warmers matched perfectly, I set out to find some coordinating fabric. I found this pack of fabric strips on Etsy and the patterns were absolutely perfect. If you look closely, you can see that the designer is Riley Blake Designs. It was meant to be!
Next, I used a template found on the Alpha Mom post as a guide to cut out a variety of feathers. I contemplated sewing each one on, but given my track record with the sewing machine, I decided to opt for craft glue. Next time, I would use a permanent fabric glue so the costume could be washed.
I laid out the feathers on the front of the onesie and arranged and rearranged them until I liked how it looked, then I glued the top edges down and laid it out to dry.
I had hoped to use some of the extra fabric to sew ruffles onto the butt, but didn’t get around to it.
Here’s the finished product, flapping “wings” and all…
Isn’t she an adorable little owl?! I guess I better start brainstorming next year’s costume because I think this one will be hard to top!