DIY Fox Costume

I’m pretty cheap crafty…. and I really wanted to make Ruari’s costume this year… at first I was considering creating a monster made out of jammies and felt…. but, I just wasn’t feeling it. She’s not really a monster kinda girl. BUT, she definitely is a doggy/fox kinda girl! I rummaged through her old clothes and found a red jacket that still fits…. an old sweater…. and felt I had in my fabric bin. And, ta dah! Her costume is made. I spent $0…. (well, the cost is probably around $8… I got the clothing on clearance when R was a baby and the felt was cheap-o).
You can TOTALLY do this for yourself! I may have put a total of 1.5 hours into this project. Not much time…
Supplies needed: 
– An old jacket that still fits.
– An old sweater (with a hood) that you’re done with.
– Felt (I used 2 sheets of red and 2 sheets of cream). 
– Stuffing for the tail
– Sewing machine
– Thread and needles
– Optional: buttons.
How I did it:
– First I took my old sweater and cut the hoodie and sleeves off. Set them aside.
– Next I freehand cut the shapes for the chest, ears, and tail out of the felt. 
– Remove the buttons from the jacket (if there are any). Pin your chest felt to the front of the jacket. Sew it on. Then, I added white vintage buttons to the jacket instead of the red ones it came with.
– Sew together the tail (inside out) and ears (leave opening so you can flip the fabric and then stuff it). When they are flipped, stuff the tail. Stitch it closed. I didn’t stuff the ears (you can if you’d like) and sew the ears closed. 
– Hand stitch the ears to the hood. I sort of bent the ears a bit so the would stand up on their own. When finished… sew the finished hoodie onto the collar of the jacket. 
– So, the sleeves of R’s jacket were really short on her… so, I added the sleeves of the sweater to the end of the sleeves of the jacket. This is optional… but, I kind of like it. It’s like they are the fox paws. I hand stitched those on.
– Stitch the finished tail onto the back of the jacket. Add a button, if you’d like. That’s it! I also considered making the tail removable… but, I didn’t go to the trouble. Might be nice. :)
That’s what I did! I don’t really know any technical sewing terms…. etc… I just guessed. “:D Pretty much: this is a great way to create a cheap/fun/cute/last minute costume for your babe (or even yourself….). A bear? A wolf? A kitty? A chicken? ;D
Happy Halloween!

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21 Comments on "DIY Fox Costume"

October 1, 2015

I am doing this for my toddler this year!! I even believe it is the same red jacket that we have as well!

September 23, 2015

great idea

October 7, 2013

Oh my goodness. This is just the cutest thing! My daughter wants to be a fox this Halloween and I am far from crafty! I also don't have a sewing machine. Would you be interested in selling this by chance?? Hope to hear back from you soon!!

October 8, 2013

I thought about selling it, but I couldn't part with it. :)

September 30, 2013

This is so incredibly adorable! I made my daughter's first halloween costume. She was Woodstock, my DH Charlie Brown and I was Snoopy :)

September 30, 2013


August 7, 2013

oh, this is SO cute! This would be fun even on non-Halloween days…

January 31, 2013

fabulous and cute. i really love this costume!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

doro K.


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