Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including Corbin's Cheshire Cat Costume! I'm teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y'all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!
Could you possibly think of a better costume for this grinning little trouble maker?
If you've been following along on Instagram, you may have noticed that Aurelia's 5th Birthday Party is going to have an Alice in Wonderland theme, so I figured - If I've got to make an Alice dress for her anyway, she may as well wear the same outfit for Halloween a few weeks later. Now what can I make for Corbin to match? Ant thought he should be the Mad Hatter, but there was no doubt about it for me...This little bugger has Cheshire Cat written all over him and his cheeky little dimples!
(Haha, see what I did there? cheeky...dimples... Alright, moving on.)
The most awesome part about this costume is that I based the design completely on the pattern I created last year for the My Little Pony Sew-Along. I swear, that outfit is so darn versatile, with only a few tweaks, you could turn it into almost any animal you can imagine! The hardest part for this Cheshire Cat version was definitely making the fabric. After that it was a breeze. Of course I could have made it easier on myself by buying the pink and purple striped fake fur for $24 a yard, but you know me - I'm cheap, and I like to make things harder for myself. So instead I cut about 18 or so 3.5 inch wide fleece strips and serged them together to make my own fabric.
Then once you have one piece cut out, you can pin the first directly to the fabric to cut out the second. Luckily hoodie and sweatpants patterns are very forgiving if you accidently stretch too much one way or the other.
|I promise there truly is a pants leg there! Maybe if you squint a little...|
The hood I made from solid purple, and instead of adding a mane as I would for a pony, I used the same method with only a tiny tuft of short strips at the front of the hood to mimic the Cheshire Cat's fluffy hair. Ears were also made with the same pattern, just with one piece of pink and one of purple.
Lastly, I fashioned a tail - sorta shaped like this...
...from my scraps of leftover stripes. This one ended up being a bit too long for Corbin, but it gives you the idea for the general shape. I just attached the triangle to the end, folded it in half, stitched from top down to point, turned the tube right side out, filled it with fluff, and then sandwiched the open end inside the back seam of the pants when I stitched the legs together. That's it!
Corbin seemed to enjoy being a Cheshire Cat very much, aside from the fact that he was absolutely terrified to find himself sitting up in a tree. He made absolutely sure to keep a death grip on Daddy the entire time, and was none too happy when I refused to let him down until I could just take "one" picture. (I'm such a mean Mommy.)
And now it's time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don't forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!
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87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume
88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid
89. DIY Baby Koala costume
What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest!