A first costume should be as cute and cuddly as the wearer, and one made of feathers, wool, even scales, when sewn in quilted felt, will be just that. Use the simple soft designs here to ensure that your little one is adorable in her new skin.
As you conjure up disguises for your child this Halloween, here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
1. Children should not wear masks, which can obstruct their vision, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
2. If you decide to use makeup as part of your child's disguise, use only nontoxic, hypoallergenic face paints.
3. By law, store-bought costumes must be flame-retardant; if you plan to make your child's costume yourself, use flame-resistant fabrics such as wool felt and polyester.
4. Because our costumes were assembled from household materials, they do not conform to all of the safety requirements that store-bought costumes do; babies wearing them should be supervised by an adult at all times.
5. Make sure all shoes fit properly and that oversize pants and skirts are trimmed so your toddler won't trip over them.
6. If you plan to take your child trick-or-treating after dark, affix reflective tape to everyone's costume and carry a flashlight.
Why did this baby chicken cross the road? To get to the Halloween party, of course. Her costume is made from two tickly feather boas, ordinary kitchen gloves, yellow tights, and a pilot's cap that's crowned with a felt comb. Under the plumage, two leotards are stuffed with batting for extra plumpness. Appropriate for children ages 3 and older.
Tools and Materials
2 white long-sleeved leotards
One bag of loose wool batting
2 heavyweight white feather boas
Two 8-by-10-inch pieces of red wool felt
White pilot's cap
Yellow rubber gloves
Sneakers with a heel tab
1. For the bodysuit, place one leotard inside the other; stuff batting between them, and sew together at necklines and leg holes. With your child wearing the bodysuit, drape boas across and around the body; safety-pin in place. Remove costume from child, and handstitch in place every 4 inches.
2. For the hat, use the comb template to cut two pieces of felt. Stitch combs together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom open. Turn right side out; stuff peaks with batting. Stretch hat over a ball or other round object; attach comb using the hot-glue gun on a low setting.
3. For the feet, stuff fingers of gloves with batting. Slip sneaker into glove, palm side down. Pull glove taut so fingers arch up (to prevent tripping); cut slit in center of glove from tongue of shoe to heel tab. Pull end of slit beneath heel. Snip extra cuff, leaving 2 inches; cut a notch at each corner. Fold sides in; secure with hot glue. Fold bottom up and top down; glue.