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When I was growing up my mom ALWAYS made our costumes. I honestly can’t ever remember going to a store and picking one out. I like to keep with the tradition of making my own but these days I am a total Last Minute Halloween Costume Creator!
The good thing about making costumes is it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive either, especially if you’ve waited until the last minute like me. Some years I plan way in advance and some years my kids don’t decide on a costume until a few days before.
This little black cat costume is totally classic, cheap and you can make it during naptime!
Tips on crafting your Little Black Cat costume
I got all my supplies from Hobby Lobby because I basically live there. I’m sure you could get most of your items at any other craft store. The items linked in the post are from amazon.
I had originally planned on using a black feather boa for the tail but then I stumbled across this fuzzy fabric stuff called Fuzzy Stems. It was in the felt and fake fur section. It is 9 feet long, bendable, and soft! I am now totally obsessed with it and am trying to come up with other crafty things I can use it on!
I wanted to be able to see cute baby legs through the tutu so I only got 1.5 yds of tulle. If you want a fuller skirt, a longer skirt or are wanting to put it on a bigger child get MORE. Tulle is super cheap so even if you end up with too much it’s not like you will have wasted more than a dollar or two.
My kids are TINY so I can still get away with putting them in a onesie. IF you use a black shirt instead you will need to put short or leggings underneath.
We live in Florida so we sweat while we are trick or treating. If you live in colder weather, just do long sleeves instead.
Most craft stores have COUPONS so don’t forget to use them!
Measure your ribbon or elastic. And by measure I mean just wrap it around your child’s waist, give yourself room to tie it in a bow behind them, and cut.
Tie both ends of the ribbon to something so that it won’t unravel on you. I tied mine between two dining room chairs. You just want to give yourself a firm area to tie the tulle to.
Cut your tulle. You want to take your fabric, fold it in half from top to bottom, and then fold it in half again. Next, you are going to cut strips. For a less full skirt, I use about a hands length for each strip. For more full, I use about two fingers wide.
Once you have cut a million strips of tulle you can tie them to the ribbon that you starched across the chair. Fold the strip in half, and then in half again and tie onto the ribbon.
Measure your child’s wrists and ankles for the Fuzzy Stems. Again, by measure I just mean wrap it around, add about an inch and a half extra and cut. There is a flexible wire inside so all you have to do is twist it on itself to get it to stay. Do this four times to create the wrist and ankle bracelets.
Cut two more strips for the ears. I just put my baby’s hair in pigtails and wrap the Fuzzy Stems around it.
Cut one long strip for the tail. You will just loop the tail through the tutu and position it however you want.
Assemble all the pieces and ooh and ahh over your handiwork.