One of the reasons I procrastinated making the lion costume was because I thought there would definitely be a tutorial on the web. I figured I would google “how to make a lion costume” and many wonderful websites would appear taking me step by step through this process. I was wrong. The things that I found were either way too simple (a paper plate mask), or way too difficult (beaded paper mache) and neither were what I needed for my son’s costume.
So in hopes to help some other mom someday here is how I made the lion costume.
I found a pair of brown pajamas at the thrift store. In retrospect I probably would have purchased a sweat suit in a lighter color, but stores are not selling these at the end of April. I also purchased 1 yard of light brown felt, and 1/2 yard each of dark brown and gold felt.
I cut off the ends of the sleeves and also cut off the light part at the waist. I took out the elastic, made it smaller and folded it over and sewed a new waist.
I then cut out a hood. I had a hood pattern from another project, but I don’t think you really need a pattern.
I sewed the hood up the back.
Then I attached it to the shirt.
I then cut the felt into strips about 14 inches long.
I doubled the strips and sewed them around the hood. I started with hand sewing and that lasted about two rows. I then machine stitched the rest of the strips on the hood.
I realized something was missing…. ears. I cut circles out of the felt and then stuffed them and sewed them on to the hood. I also added a tail, which I made by cutting out a long rectangle, sewing up the side and stuffing with an old pillow. I used the felt strips for the end. I also added a small piece to the front of the shirt to give the mane more fluff.
All finished, and just in time for the play!
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It looks amazing! The tail cracks me up, especially. Your son’s going to be a hit in his play. Tell him I said, “Break a Leg!”
Tracey@Paper Dolls for Boys says
That is really well done! I laughed out loud about the ears. Without the ears it has a kind of sun bleached rasta look to it! This is better than any bought costume could dream of being! Well done.
He is SUCH a cute lion… I can’t do more than sew on a button. Great job!
Hi! Thanks for commenting on my octopus. I learned to crochet using a book called “I Taught Myself Crochet.” It breaks it down easily, so if you ever consider starting, you might want to find that.
michelle waters says
Love it! You are frugal AND crafty! Fun stuff…
The costume is great.
He looks just like you as does his little sister.
Sorry to see the waffle mess!
Thank you! I was hoping there would be a tutorial out there!
jess @ fushmush says
Thanks for sharing your tutorial. I googled how to make a lion costume and found you. I used your tutorial to make a costume for my nephew’s book week costume. He was dressing up as Aslan. It looks great!
Thanks again for sharing. It was really easy to follow.