Araina decided that she wanted to be an owl for Halloween this year. I made this costume in an afternoon, took me about 5 hours to cut out the feathers, place them and sew, plus make the mask. The most challenging part for me was figuring out how to make that “darn” pillowcase into a dress-like form (probably took me at least 1 hour to figure it out). I am a beginner with the sewing machine, so keep this in mind; if I can do it YOU can do it. My print out pattern 1 includes a sketch on how I cut the pillowcase to fit Araina. I must mention that Araina and I were inspired by these two owl costumes here and here.
7 inch plastic mask
fabric scraps of various color, texture, and pattern
3 colors of felt for the mask, yellow felt for the beak
pattern 1 (feather and pillowcase sketch)
pattern 2 (owl mask, beak, eyes)
1. Cut your pillowcase to form. I cut 3 inches off the bottom of a large pillowcase, took in the side seams, cut the head and arm holes. Araina is 7 but wears a size 5; I included the cut marks on the pattern page so you can see exactly how I made it to fit her.
2. Cut 50-70 feathers from different color, texture, and patterned fabrics. Mine came from wool coats and pants.
3. Lay out the first row of feathers on the bottom of the case, pin, then sew with a zigzag or straight stitch.
4. Continue to pin then sew for the next layer and the next until you reach the top.
5. For the mask- cut out pattern pieces. Pin the small circle onto the big circle, pin the pair of circles onto the felt face; sew around the inside of the small circle.
6. Sew the beak on and add eyelashes if you want.
7. Hot glue the felt face onto the plastic mask and then cut holes for the eyes.
Then off to the Halloween fun with friends!
Fauna is a dark fairy this year. My sister and mom helped her with her costume (it’s a little beyond my sewing skill). I will put pictures up of her when I can catch her to take photos! Hopefully, she won’t be making sassy faces at the camera, which she does a lot these days.