Costumes: Creatures of the Sky

Costumes: Creatures of the Sky

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Carrie McBride
Oct 24, 2010

Last week we featured creatures from the sea and today it's time to spotlight these buzzing, flying creatures of the sky. Click the thumbnail photo above to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

Bat

aka: Hank (1.5)
location: Seattle, WA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Black sweat pants, Black hoodie sweatshirt, Black Felt

description: Cut two small triangles and hand sew on to the hood of the sweatshirt. It's best if you pinch them a little bit as you sew so that they curve in. Then cut out "wing-like" pieces (you only have to do this once if you double the felt) and sew to the underside of the arm and down the side of the sweatshirt. Hank still wears this sweatshirt sometimes a year later!
Thanks Emily!

Fly

aka: Stanley (5 months)
location: Denver, CO
age group: infant
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Black Jersey Cotton (the sleeves off an old t-shirt), Scrap fabric (dotted pattern for the eyes), Black Beanie, Black Pants, Black Long Sleeve Tee, Set of wings, Stuffing

description: OK, super easy: Create a black tube of fabric, stuff it, sew ends shut, and sew to back of long sleeve tee. Cut out 4 circles of the "eye" fabric, sew around border, turn, stuff, and tack to beanie Safety pin or velcro wings to back of tee
Thanks Craig!

Super Bee

aka: Béla (10 months)
location: Severn, MD
age group: infant
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: various cloths

description: My husband made this costume for my son's first Halloween. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when my husband, sitting at a sewing machine surrounded with a mountain of fabric, told me that he was having trouble imagining what a Super Bee costume should look like. But within a couple of hours, he had come up with the most amazing costume I have ever seen. He didn't use a pattern, so I can't tell you how he made it. But he tells me that sewing is all about thinking about what you want to make, and being able to visualize what it would look like sewn, and then un-sewn, as if you had ripped out all the stitching. I guess that's how an engineer thinks, but it hasn't helped me to make anything more advanced than a blanket.
Thanks Jessica!

Bumblebee

aka: Maddie (15 months)
location: Knoxville, TN
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Black onesie, black/yellow tulle, elastic, ribbon, wire hangers, pantyhose, pipe cleaners & pom poms

description: I made a simple tutu by knotting black and yellow tulle onto elastic. She wore that over a black onesie. I made her wings out of a coat hanger that I stretched pantyhose over. I attached the wings to her back using a ribbon. Her antennae are just pipe cleaners with pom poms glued to the ends and fastened to a bow. As you can see from the picture she TOTALLY LOVED the costume. ha!
Thanks Jennifer!

Butterfly

aka: Elliot (2.5)
location: Minneapolis, MN
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Wings, Coordinating sweatsuit, pjs, etc, Headband, Pipe cleaners, Pom poms

description: We received the wings as a gift when my daughter was born, but my son was so enthralled with them that he believed they belonged to him. So a butterfly costume for Halloween was a given! I purchased the top and pants in a color that coordinated with the wings. For the antennae, I wrapped a headband in pipe cleaners to cover it completely, leaving two pipe cleaners long and sticking out of the headband. Next, I wrapped the two long pipe cleaners with additional pipe cleaners in a corkscrew fashion to give them extra stability. Finally, I glued two pom poms to the end of each antennae.
Thanks Libby!

Firefly

aka: Henry (4)
location: Mt. Pleasant, MI
age group: child
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: cardboard, metal (duct) tape, string, glo-stick, white balloon, pipe cleaners

description: My little boy had been talking about being a firefly for months. I kept thinking about how I could do it, but just put everything together a few hours before Halloween night. He wore navy blue sweats, I cut the wings out of a large piece of cardboard, then ran some metal furnace/duct tape around then edges for a little bit of shine. I used a shoelace to kind of make a harness to tie the wings to his back (this is the part I'd have done a bit nicer if I'd had time). For "antennae" he wore one of my thin headbands, and I wrapped 2 pipe cleaners around the top to stick up. Then for the firefly light, I put a green glo-stick in a white balloon, blew up the balloon, tied it off and taped it securely to his bum. It was terribly cute, but you couldn't see the "glow" until it got sufficiently dark outside!
Thanks Julie!

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