It’s been almost a year since Rainbow Dash made her first appearance, but the ponies are ready at last!
Next Monday will be the first day of the My Little Pony Costume sew-along, but I’m sharing the supply list today so that everyone will have time to prepare. And the best part is that even though the tutorial shows the patterns made in children’s sizes, I’ve structured the sew-along in a way that you can easily make adjustments for teens and adults as well! Who wants to be a pony for Halloween?
I have tried to keep the instructions as simple as possible, but please keep in mind that this is an advanced beginner/intermediate level project that involves quite a bit of hand sewing. You will need to be able to close an opening using a ladder stitch, sew a separating zipper, and also make buttonholes if you’d like the ears to be attached to removable hair clips.
The tutorials will include How to:
Day 2 – Add a mane to the hoodie pattern
Day 3 – Installing the zipper
Day 4 – Attaching the Hood
Day 5 – Make pony ears (w/ printable pattern)
Day 6 – Create a unicorn horn (w/ printable pattern)
Day 8 – Sew a pair of basic sweatpants
Day 10 – Create a pair of plush wings (w/ printable pattern)
Day 11 – Different cutie mark options
Day 12 – Alternate hairstyle options for your pony (bangs)
*Bonus* – Pattern pieces for Spike the Dragon
Here’s what you’ll need:
Please note amounts will vary by size and character.
Fleece, thread, a separating zipper, 1″ elastic (waist measurement plus 1″), 1.5″ velcro (5″ max), a long embroidery needle, an even feed/walking presser foot, fold over elastic (for wings only), 2 – 50mm metal snap clips (optional for ears, and preferably with a hole), fiberfill stuffing (for wings and horn only), matching embroidery floss (for horn only), a basic hoodie or sweatpants pattern (optional).
Hoodie and/or Sweatpants Pattern:
I will be showing you how to make your own pattern from an existing hoodie and pair of pants, but if you would prefer to start with a commercial pattern to help speed things along and make your part easier, that would be fine. Just be sure to follow the pattern’s instructions instead of mine for seam allowance, elastic size, zipper length, etc.
Even Feed/Walking Presser Foot:
This item may seem like an extravagance, but I promise that you will be able to make this costume much, MUCH more quickly and easily with this simple to use presser foot. Only you know the limits of your particular sewing machine, but I promise that sewing through 4 or more layers of fleece is NOT a simple task. Please limit your cursing and frustration ahead of time and buy one now. It works wonderfully with fleece, knits, velvet, and many other bulky or slippery fabrics. And in case you’d like to see one in action, here’s a video tutorial I made showing how a walking foot operates. (sorry it’s a little blurry) I own this one by Distinctive*, but your machine may require a different brand. Be sure to check the description for your machine’s model number.
I prefer Hancock Fabrics Glacier Fleece Solids.
(See color charts below)
sizes 1-4T will need 1 1/4 yard for the body and 1/2 yard for the mane and tail
sizes 4-5-6 will need 1 1/2yards for the body and 1/2 for the mane and tail
size 7-8 will need 2 yards for the body and 1/2 for the mane and tail
size 10 will need 2 1/4 yards for the body and 1/2 for the mane and tail
For teen and adult sized costumes I suggest a minimum of 2 3/4 yards for the body color.
The 1/2 yard will make a roughly 17″ long tail, but you’ll need 3/4 yd or more if you’d prefer a longer one.
I’ve had a few questions about whether or not these yardage amounts include enough fabric for wings, and the answer is…maybe. Sorry, but it usually depends on each person’s individual layout of their pattern pieces. If you are planning to make one of the winged characters like Rainbow Dash or Fluttershy, I suggest adding an extra quarter yard of fabric just in case. This addition will also allow for a second hood if you choose to line the hoodie during later steps.
Important note: There have been problems with the recent dye lots for the Gold Medal shade of fleece that I would normally suggest for Applejack. I have spoken to the buyers at Hancock Fabrics, and they are working with the manufacturers to rectify the situation. I will update my color-charts and supply list when the proper color finally becomes available. In the mean time please do NOT order the Gold Medal shade online or you will be highly disappointed!
I use Coats and Clark All Purpose in these shades…
Fluttershy – Yellow 7330
Rainbow Dash – Miracle Blue 4360
Twilight Sparkle – Laurel 3250
Pinkie Pie – Cotton Candy 1350
Rarity – White 100
Matching shades are pretty rare, but I’ve found these #5 Molded Plastic Separating Zippers
from ZipperShipper.com which are probably the closest colors available.
Fluttershy – Yellow
Rainbow Dash – Light Blue
Twilight Sparkle – Lilac
Pinkie Pie – Light Pink
Rarity – White
Fold Over Elastic:
from Elastic by the Yard in these shades…
Be sure to ask about their new customer discount code!
Fluttershy – Lemon
Rainbow Dash – Ice Blue
Twilight Sparkle – Grape
Pinkie Pie – Pink Flamingo
Rarity – White