Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our Halloween Costumes Were the Sheep

Our sheep costumes turned out really well…in fact, they exceeded our expectations.

Here’s how we did it:

Supply List (to make one sheep costume)-

One large white hooded sweatshirt. We ordered ours online from, the “Hanes 50/50 Hoodie Sweatshirt” was only $11.94 before tax and shipping.

Two bottles of Fabri-Tac fabric glue. (Yes, that’s two bottles per sheep.) I’ve read that Fabri-tac is the best fabric glue on the market, and although it was a little bit pricey (about $7 a bottle), it worked really well and I’d recommend it.

About 600 jumbo cotton balls.  (Yes, again, that’s 600 per sheep.) We got em’ in bags of 70 at Safeway. You could probably use regular-size cotton balls, but you’ll need three times as many and it probably won’t look quite as “impactful.”

Jumbo cotton balls on the left vs. regular cotton balls on the right.

One piece of black felt. One of those 8x10 pre-cut pieces that are available at almost any craft store. We got ours from Michaels.

A needle.

White thread.


A long-sleeved black shirt.

Black leggings or tights.

About three hours to make.

24 hours to let the costume dry before wearing.

The Steps-

1. Cut the sleeves off the sweatshirt, leaving about one inch of fabric beyond the shoulder seam on each arm.

2. If you’re working with an oversized sweatshirt like we were, step 1 will likely leave you with gaping armholes. So, sew each armhole partially closed, starting at the bottom (pit) so as to the leave arm opening closest the shoulder, and just big enough for your hand and arm to fit through comfortably.

3. Glue a piece of the sleeve that you cut off in step 1 to your piece of black felt and then cut out two ears (tear-drop shapes approximately 6 inches long and 4 inches wide.)

4. Make each ear stand up on its own by folding the bottom of the tear-drop shape so that it overlaps on to itself (see picture below) and then secure it into pace with a few stitches.

5. Sew the raised ears onto the hood of the sweatshirt.

6. Glue cotton balls onto the hood of the sweatshirt. Surround the base of each ear to help make sure they continue to stand up once you have the sweatshirt on.

7. Glue cotton balls on to the rest of the sweatshirt, letting each side dry for about 20 minutes before flipping it over to begin gluing on to the opposite side.

8. Let the completed sweatshirt dry flat for about 24 hours before wearing.

9. Pair your cotton ball covered sweatshirt with a long sleeved black shirt and black tights or leggings. (We wore coordinating black and white Converse sneakers but probably any shoes would work.)

Note, save some extra cotton balls and glue for last minute touch-ups. The glue works really well but it’s inevitable that some cotton balls will fall off when you’re out and about. In fact, Juliet and I were quite fond of the trail of cotton balls our costumes left glittering behind us as we skipped around Dupont this Saturday night.

And yes, we really did skip…pretty much all night…and even thought that probably wasn’t very sheep-like of us, we were just that freaking excited about these costumes.

My favorite part of the night was when Juliet yanked a cotton ball off her costume, sassily handed it to a guy at the bar, and simultaneously said “You want a piece of me?!”
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