How to Make a Furry Costume

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Furry costumes make warm and cozy Halloween costumes and fun dress up options for young children or even adults throughout the year. Both adult and children's costumes are relatively easy to make with the proper tools and steps. A homemade furry costume allows you to stand out at a party or costume contest and distinguish yourself from the other store bought costumes. It is also a great conversation starter.

Decide on a furry costume. Options for children and adults can be found online or by using your imagination. Bears, elephants, bumblebees, bunny rabbits, cats, chickens, unicorns and pandas are a few ideas. Licensed characters, like Sesame Street characters, Winnie the Pooh and Care Bears costumes also can be made, though you will not find any of those online, as licensed character furry costumes are difficult to buy.

Select the type of costume. Options include heavy full-body suits, partial body suits and baby-only costumes. A full body suit will cover the child or adult from head to toe and typically has a hood; these may also have tails or ears, depending on the animal or character. A partial body suit is more appropriate for warmer climates and slips on over the child’s or adult's clothes, leaving arms and legs free to move around. Baby-only costume types enclose the baby in a sack-like pouch. The classic “peas in a pod” and baby “banana” are two examples of this costume type.

Choose a furry and fuzzy fabric. These can be found in various textures and colors. Search the web or visit a nearby fabric store to purchase the fabric.

Take measurements and find a safe cutting surface. The key to cutting furry fabrics is to look at the right side and cut in the direction the fur naturally lays. Have some weights available to hold down the fabric if needed. Turn the fabric on its back, and with a marking pencil trace the pattern. To avoid deep cuts that will cut the fur, be sure to use a craft razor or sharp pointed scissors. Gently tug the fur apart to leave the fur fibers intact. Comb the edges of the fur towards the center.

Sew the costume together by hand. The finished project will be worth the extra time spent to construct it by hand. Before beginning the actual costume, test the stitch on an extra piece of fabric to ensure the stitch is sufficient to hold the fabric together.

Comb any fur strands that might have gotten caught on the seam. Trim away any excess bulk from the seam, but not so much that the seam is completely exposed. The fur should partially conceal the seam.