Costumes: Max and A Wild Thing

Costumes: Max and A Wild Thing

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Carrie McBride
Oct 19, 2010

This second round of Max's is no less adorable than the first. And we've got a little Wild Thing, too! Click the thumbnail photo above to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

Max

aka: Josh (2)
location: New York, NY
age group: toddler
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: white fleece, yellow felt, fur, puffy paint, pipe cleaners

description: I used lightweight fleece to make footed pajamas as the base, and yellow felt and recycled fur from an old fur coat for the crown. I also used the fur for the tail. I made matching fleece-covered buttons, and used white pipe cleaners for the whiskers. And, so Josh wouldn't slip I used brown puffy paint and made paw prints on the soles of the pajamas. I built the scepter around a wooden dowel, covered in aluminum foil and clear tape. The top is a styrofoam ball surrounded by foil-covered cardstock.
Thanks Kate!

Max

aka: Max (8 months)
location: Los Angeles, CA
age group: infant
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: With the help of various employees at Joann Fabrics, I used a child's lion costume pattern and purchased the recommended fabric and supplies. And after several frustrating evenings trying to figure out how to sew the pattern together, I just 'winged' it, and made several mistakes before finally just settling for a less than perfect costume. In the end, it worked out and the pictures came out fantastic.

description: Used a lion costume pattern, chose white fabric vs the lion appropriate fabric, picked up a jr whopper and crown from burger king and painted over the crown with acrylic paint, used velour and ribbon for the detailing on the crown.
Thanks Alexandra!

Max

aka: Matilda (1)
location: Austin, TX
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: baby gap jacket, golden colored poster board, cheap halloween cat ear headband, clip on tail, thick black wire, cream colored hand towel, optional: fur piece to re-cover tail

description: I began by finding a hooded jacket that I felt could work as the foundation for the costume- whiteish/creamish with a fur-like texture. I then cut two holes in the top of the hood and ran the cat ears from the headband through them. I then re-covered the ears with the cream colored hand towel material to the shape and size desired and hot glued them in place. Using a pattern I traced onto cardboard, I also cut out "claws" from the same material- 4 times- and glued them into pairs. Then I glued the pairs to the inside of the sleeves. Next I poked holes in each side of the hood, poked 3.5 inch "whiskers" through the holes, and also hot glued them in place. Finally, I constructed a "crown" and hot glued it on place at the ears. I also re-covered the clip on tail with a more "Max-like" material using hot glue as well.
Thanks Ariel!

Max

aka: Henry (6 months)
location: Falls Church, VA
age group: infant
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: White hooded sweatshirt, white footie pants, foam board, small feather "boas," felt, small white pompoms

description: reinforce pieces of felt with cardboard and sew them to the sides of the hood for ears; sew little triangle pieces of felt to the feet of the pants for "claws"; sewed white pom poms down the front; take the thin feather boa in black. Cut and sew the black one as the tail; cut the piece of foam paper and glue it into a crown; loosely sew the white boa around the bottom of it. (The crown was so soft and lightweight, my son never even knew he had it on). I have no sewing skills so the hand-sewing took some time, but it was fun.
Thanks Jodie!

Wild Thing ("Carol")

aka: Key (17 months)
location: Los Angeles, CA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: White wool/felt, & brown, yellow, black felt, Black yarn, Fabric marker, Store bought brown leggings, Store bought long sleeve shirt, Used own bootie boots.

description: Hand drew details on leggings (feathers). Made headpiece with wool-felt. Measured Key's head, Cut two large white circles that fit my daughters head. One of the pieces had a large hole for her to see through. Sewed those two pieces together. Cut out ears, stuffed, then sewed it on headpiece. Cut out yellow circles for eyes, then mouth and eyeballs, and attached. Tedious part was attaching black yarn chunks with a semi large quilt needle (the kind that can fit more than one yarn piece) to headpiece all around for hair and beard. Also attached yarn "hair" to leggings, as a tail. I attached headpiece to her shirt so she doesn't easily take it off or it fall off, BUT I only attached it from the back.*Tip- having book was helpful in order to follow details. See more photos at Masterpiece A Day.
Thanks Frances!

Max

aka: Cash (5 months)
location: Pontiac, MI
age group: infant
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Infant snowsuit, felt, fake fur, black string, gold ribbon, yellow sheet of foam, needle and thread

description: I bought an ivory colored furry snowsuit in my son's size and added everything to it to make it look like Max from Where the Wild Things Are. I made ears and claws out of off white felt and sewed them on. The wiskers are black string sweded on. The crown is cut out of yellow foam and covered with gold Christmas ribbon that is cut to the same size and hot glued on and then the crown in secured down with needle and thread knots on each side. The tail I bought a strip of fake fur and cut off a strip to glue around the crown the rest I folded in half inside out sewed down the seem and turnd it right side out and sewed it on the butt for his tail. It turned out so cute!
Thanks Jamie!

Max

aka: Soren (18 months)
location: Kutztown, PA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: fleece, velcro, fake fur fabric, pins, needles, thread

description: See this costume at Katy Did and Kid
Thanks Kathleen!

Max

aka: Elliott Cely (18 months)
location: Portland, OR
age group: toddler
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: Fuzzy white fabric, fuzzy black fabric, batting, black pipe cleaners, velcro, buttons, elastic, Burger King crown, gold spray paint.

description: I modified the Butterick 3238 Child's 6 Animal Costume Pattern, adding buttons, pointy ears, pipe cleaners whiskers, and a bushy black tail. I then spray painted a Burger King crown gold.
Thanks Rachael!

Max

aka: O-Dawg (9 months)
location: Halifax, NS
age group: infant
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: White fleecy fabric, faux-fur scrap, yellow ripstop nylon, buttons.

description: My mum sewed up a romper/sleeper out of white fleecy fabric with a zip up front. She sewed extra fabric into the foot seams that could be trimmed into claws, and made a hood with stiffened ears. I cut out and attached a crown made of stiff ripstop nylon, and attached a fabric-scrap tail, then embellished the front with buttons.
Thanks Rhia!

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