Instructable Crafting a No-Sew Owl Costume

One thing I was looking forward to as a parent was the “crafting” element. I know this makes many people die inside when they child says “I need to go to school as a pirate tomorrow”but when I was asked to send my 20 month old boy in fancy dress for world book day this year I took up the challenge. 

George’s favourite book is little owls night. He reads it himself (babbles) and kisses the owl goodnight every night. I just had to send him as little Owl.


I chose a no see option.

You will need:

  • Coloured felt
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric marker
  • An old T-Shirt
  • Headband
  • Coloured paper 

Step 1 create the owl cape

I lay George’s Old T-shirt over a large piece of brown felt and then marked out an owl cape. I added feather detail to the edge along with a tail. Along the top I left flaps to allow me to glue the cape to George’s T-shirt



I left flaps to attach to the collar 


I wanted to give the chest a bit of a pattern so I chose a combination of yellow and orange for the feathers. I cut similar sized rectangles and lay them out to make sure I had the right coverage.


I then trimmed the ends of he rectangles to make feather tips.



I then made some longer and larger brown feathers to cover up the arms of the T-Shirt.


And a flap to cover the front collar


Time to glue and let dry overnight.


I made an owl face using coloured paper and stuck it onto a headband (I forgot to photograph)

George modelled the outfit brilliantly. He wasn’t so keen on the headband though.


The headband didn’t make it all the way through his day but he had a great time running round as little owl all day.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my instructable. Hopefully this will inspire you to create something as well.

Happy crafting

Mother’s Day Gift Creation

I posted earlier this week about a thoughtful gift that I bought for my mother for mother’s day.

My mum is a minimalist and so doesn’t like to be bought things that will generally end up catching dust around the house. She is saving for a summer house to be built in her garden in preparation for her retirement and so we have agreed that a donation towards that is the best gift… my mum appreciates practical gifts.

Rather than just giving her a card with money in it with mothers day I decided to get her a money box for her savings. I looked all over for a “summer house fund” money box but most money boxes of this kind were geared towards “new house” fund or “wedding” fund and so didn’t have the right look about them.

I tried Etsy and Amazon, my usual go to places for gifts and in the end I settled for a wooden construction toy to act as the money box. It was a 37 piece set.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew I would have to assemble the kit for my mum as I wanted to give her a money box not a toy. I’m glad I did have a go at building the kit first as I needed to sand back one of the pieces to get it to fit perfectly.

After a dry build I decided to reassemble but this time gluing the pieces together. I left one side of the roof off so that she could access her savings.

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I was quite pleased with the end result and I put some money in to get her started. After it has been used and the summer house has been built she can even turn it into a winter bug hide so it benefits the biodiversity of her garden… yay me for getting a green gift!

As you can see the money goes in between where the two roof parts meet. This wasn’t clear on the photo on Amazon and I think I would have preferred to have had the roof parts meet and then left a gap between a couple of the roof slat parts. I wasn’t able to modify the box further though.

I do like puzzles and I think if my son had been a little older we could have enjoyed doing this together. I’ll definitely be keeping this company in mind for cute wooden construction toys in the future.

 
If you are interested in looking at the kit its made by a company called Igroteco and you can find it here on //ws-eu.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=GB&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=lomyab-21&marketplace=amazon&region=GB&placement=B01BF8RDSC&asins=B01BF8RDSC&linkId=&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank”>Amazon. I am affiliated with amazon but this is an honest review of what I did with the product and the issues that I needed to solve to make it work for me. It was £15.99 when I purchased it and it had free delivery – no Amazon prime though sorry.