Baby Skunk costume

Very few things we solidified before baby C was born. We decided on her name – although changed it a few times. We decided on peach as the color of her nursery, but that slowly developed into kind of pink. Abby still can’t quite admit she has a pink nursery, so we still say peach!

And finally, the one constant, her Halloween costume. We knew she would be around the crawling age – which she started a few weeks back – during Halloween and thought a skunk would be adorable. Her little skunk tush waddling back and forth as she crawls is too much cute! (I’m going to have to delete that line before she’s old enough to get mad at me for talking about her cute tush online!)

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What you will need for this project:

–       Black onesie with a hood

–       Hot glue gun and glue sticks

–       Pipe cleaners

–       Black and white felt (or foam sheets if you don’t have felt)

–       Chalk for marking

–       White yarn, in 1 or 2 different textures

–       A textured piece of black fabric – we found a soft fluffy throw blanket from the dollar store

–       A textured piece of white fabric – we found a dish towel at the dollar store

Tail and Back Stripe:

To start off, we cut the shape of the tail out of a piece of black foam sheet. Folding it in half while cutting will help get both sides symmetrical. Basically you just fold the foam in half horizontally and round out one of the edges. We found the length of the sheet was the perfect length for a big fluffy tail.

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You will want to do the same for the middle back – slowly tapering it as you hit the neck, and coming to a V as you hit the front of the hood. I used 3 pieces of foam for this.

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Once you have the shape of the skunk stripe you can start adding the yarn. To cut the yarn efficiently into small pieces we wrapped them many times around something the size of a small remote (about 2 inches). Once you’ve wrapped a bunch you can cut it off, and you’ve got lots of equally sized little pieces of yarn. If you’ve ever made a pom-pom, it’s the same theory, just don’t tie it off before you cut.

We started by hot gluing the smoother yarn all the way around the perimeter of the skunk stripe. We did a couple of layers that are pointing out. Then we started with the more textured yarn so the stripe would become fluffier. We glued these all projected down toward the tail, as we approached the neck area we slowly switched directions so it wasn’t too obvious so that some of the yarn would stick out closer to the face (don’t do it so close to the face that the baby will be tempted grab at it).

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The Tail Structure:

We wanted the tail to have structure and stick up a bit, so we laid the tail with the yarn side down. We then placed pipe cleaners in the interior of the tail, basically as many as we could fit without spilling over. We then took our black fabric and cut a piece just bigger then the tail, covered the pipe cleaners and glued it around the perimeter of the tail.

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We cut the corner of the blanket so it was already a nice seamed edge, but where it wasn’t, we just folded the blanket underneath and hot glued it down so it didn’t look messy.

This was great! It gave us the ability to mold the tail and point it up so it wasn’t just dragging sadly behind her. Also a lot harder for her to grab it!

The White Tummy:

For the white tummy we used a dish cloth. This is a part of her costume that she will be able to grab freely and we wanted to make sure it didn’t have bits on it that could be ripped off. We drew a circle with the chalk on the belly of the onesie and transferred that shape to the dish cloth. We had to cut our circle in half because the outfit has a zip, but if yours doesn’t, you can simply hot glue the circle (belly) onto the belly part of the onesie.

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The Ears:

For the ears we used cuttings from the same black throw blanket as before. We cut 2 of the remaining corners as they are already triangles with a nice sewn edge. We then cut out 2 triangles from the white foam a bit smaller than the ears and glued them where the inner ear would be. We marked on a curve with chalk where we wanted the ears to be on the hood, making sure they were symmetrical. You want the ears to be a bit curved when you glue them on, too straight and they will look funny and very large.  When gluing the ears to the hood we made sure to hold them in place until fully cooled so they didn’t shift or straighten out as they bonded.

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Once all your pieces are connected, it is time to try this cuteness on and revel in how freaking adorable it is! Happy Halloween to our Tall Dork and Matching fam!

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Things we would have done differently:

–       We would have gotten a onesie with a tighter hood or a drawstring. The hood we have is great for everyday bit doesn’t stay put for long.

–       We would have used felt instead of foam paper. We used foam because that is what we had in the house. But felt would have conformed better the onesie and been a bit more seamless. From some angles the foam does stick out a bit when she moves in certain ways

–       If we wanted this costume to last longer or maybe be used again, we would have sewn the bigger pieces on instead of used hot glue. If you plan on using this costume for multiple kids or events I would strongly consider sewing, or doing small touch ups with the hot glue between uses.

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