If your little ones are fans of any thing Disney like my children are and you have cable you probably have seen the new show on the Disney Channel called PJ Masks.
It features 3 school age friends who transform into super heroes in the night. Catboy a super fast cat, Gekko who is super strong and a great climber, and Owlette who is the only girl in the group and can fly, amongst other powers.
This show started airing not too many months before Halloween and my kids were so excited to dress up as the characters from the show PJ Masks when that day rolled around this past October. Alas, there were no costumes to be found anywhere so with a lot of hard work and ingenuity I was able to make my son a Catboy Costume which I wrote about here (very helpful if you are trying to make one for yourself). It was not easy and took many hours but my son’s costume turned out to look pretty awesome.
My 6 year old daughter was so impressed, in fact, with her brother’s costume she was certain it would be no problem at all for me to make her a Owlette Costume to go with it.
I took a few days to think about it (and to look for something close enough to the costume that I wouldn’t have to make one)
I looked and looked, but it was very quickly obvious that the only way we were going to get the costume she wanted was if I made it.
Suddenly I was wishing I didn’t work so hard to portray a good spirit while I was making the first one. Haha. Maybe if I’d complained more she wouldn’t have asked me.
My husband reminded me how thrilled my son was to zip around the house in his Catboy costume, and that I would have all the reward I needed when I saw her face after first putting on the costume.
So with my little pep talk in my pocket I headed out to get supplies.
Here’s a look a the finished product, my daughter was thrilled, and it was much less difficult than the catboy costume.
It turned out so great considering how easy it was to put together.
We focused mostly on the wings and they were the most time consuming, but they were also a showstopper. My daughter was so thrilled to just sit and check out each individual feather.
Here are the materials I used.
2 yards of by-the-yard felt fabric. (from the fabric section not the craft section)
1 yard of light pink flannel (couldn’t find any this color in by the yard felt)
2 Pink and white 8.5×11 inch felt craft squares
2 Rolls of Hem Tape
2 Sharpie Markers (1 light pink and one dark, but anything to mark on the fabric will do)
1 piece of cardstock for the feather template
1 Eye Mask (this was a masquerade fox style from the dollar store around Halloween time)
1 sheet of iron on transfer paper
Some elastic to secure it to her wrist and some velcro I had on hand to secure the wings to the shoulders of the shirt, but the wings were mostly too heavy for this to really work.
1 Long sleeve pink shirt (I found this one for $6 from the girls section of Target)
I started with my long sheet of dark pink by-the-yard felt.
In order to measure the span of the wings I had my daughter lay down and marked about 2 inches inside of either wrist. I ended up cutting mostly along the crease you can see already in the fabric pictured above.
After that I tied my marker to a ribbon in order to make a swinging curve along the bottom of the fabric.
After I cut the fabric into a half circle I folded the fabric in half and cut down the center in order to make two triangles.
Once I had my two triangle bases for the wings I started making the feathers.
I measured a bit free hand a rectangle that was 2.5 inches across and 4 inches long.
Just like with the wings I folded the paper in half and cut a curved line along bottom to make the exact wing shape I desired.
I think the shape is a like that of a pointed shield. It’s not necesarry for this to be a very specific type of shape, as long as you use the same template for all of the feathers you should have the same result.
Once I made the first wing template out of cardstock that I liked I traced and cut two more just like it.
Because I was tracing the template onto the fabric with sharpie markers, the edges of the template got a bit saturated making them hard to work with, which is when I would switch to the next one. Three should be plenty though.
The tracing and cutting took the most time. I suggest if you are going to try this that you have high quality fabric scissors.
For my 6 and a half year old daughter we used about 150 of these feathers. Yes, you read that correctly, 150.
I laid my feathers out on my wings so I could make sure I would have enough to cover the wings. I made certain that the individual feathers would overlap the wing edges, and trimmed them down after they were glued down.
After I figured out the immense amount of felt feathers I was going to need I decided to distribute the polka dot feathers throughout. I wasn’t sure I was going to have enough fabric, but it turned out I had plenty to spare.
I laid out both feathers and then starting from the bottom row, I began to lay them out, first cutting the strips of hem tape (my scissors will never be the same, that stuff is sticky!) and then placing the tape onto the top straight part of the feather and then placing the feather onto the fabric.
Repeat 150 times….
I finished these in the wee hours of the night so after I glued the feathers on, I just went to sleep.
The next day I flipped the wings over and grabbed my roll of elastic, and using hem tape again I glued a loop onto each wing where the wrist would be.
Then I measured and cut a piece of ribbon I had on hand to the width of the top of the wings. I cut two very long strips of hem tape and put them on the back of the ribbon.
Laying the wings out I glued the ribbon on going over the strips of elastic. The tips of the wings were just touching at the top. So it looked like this:
The two little black strips are where I added velcro to help it stick to the back of the costume tee shirt.
Here is a view of what the wings looked like from the back. The Velcro is holding them onto the tee shirt at the shoulders, but if I were to do it again I would probably use another elastic strap at the under arm, because the wings were very heavy to be held on by the Velcro and it kept pulling on the shirt.
For the symbol on the center of the tee shirt I printed a still shot from the show onto iron on transfer paper for dark fabric. I cut it out (the edges were pixalated) and ironed on. Easiest part of the process.
Here is a printable that you may use to print out on your printer for use on your own little Owlette costume.
>>Download HERE Free Printable Owlette Chest Symbol for iron on transfer <<
Once you have you wings and your tee shirt finished there is only one thing left to do; the eye mask.
I wasn’t sure how to go about this, because the Owlette mask has feather detail on the top of each side.
I find I do well when I just improvise which is what I did here. I just stopped a few places while we were out running errands. I tried Walmart with no real luck on a good eye mask, but was fortunate to find something that would work at Dollar Tree.
The had several shiny purple and pink mask near their selection of Halloween candy. We picked up 3. Two of these were the same, a fox, and one was a wolf (I think?) they had scallopped edges so I was figuring that they would add to the costume, not a must though.
After I selected my mask, I simply inverted onto a scrap of fabric leftover from the dark pink felt I used for the base of my wings.
Traced around the mask and eyes with permanent marker, and the cut the mask out of the fabric and glued it onto the actual mask I purchased from the dollar store. This gave the mask more structure than if I would have just added elastic to the fabric.
The mask I bought was sized for an adult, this way you get the complete wrap around look that Owlette’s mask has on the show.
After I had all the pieces I had to make myself we just added all things pink! Pink skirt is from Gymboree and was on the $3.99 clearance rack we had already purchased this skirt, and just used it because it matched just right. Pink leggings were something she already had, and obviously the shoes have been around a while.
She found some pink gloves from our winter accessories box (sounds nice, but it’s just a nice basket where we toss all things gloves, hats, and scarves), these particular ones have princess crowns printed on them in silver.
She was so excited to save the day. I was surprised how many compliments this costume received at the trunk or treat event at our church. Probably because my lovely friends no that I am not too handy with a needle and thread and I do not own a sewing machine. Considering those factors, this is pretty amazing.
So my little ones were a crime fighting duo. My two other little ones dressed up as Elsa and Anna, because obviously I like giving the Disney Company all my money hahaha.
Much like my son could not wait to see if his stripes made him a faster runner, my daughter was interested to see how much her wings would help her slice through air. She was running up and down the sidewalk in front of our house, she loved how the wings looked flowing behind her in the wind.
She is not jumping off of that car, in case it even almost looks like that.
She did insist on jumping a few times to see if I could get a picture that looked like she was really flying.
She was really excited, and I don’t mind admitting that my husband was right, and it was really worth all the time I put into it after all.
Hope this helps someone who wants to make this costume for their little one. It is definitely not too late for this costume to end up under your tree this Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by,