DIY Costume: Where the Wild Things Are
It’s surprisingly easy to whip up a Max costume for your own little wild thing. This do-it-yourself costume will not only save you money this Halloween, but it's also a great way to celebrate the classic story Where the Wild Things Are with your child. It's best if you're somewhat familiar with basic sewing to pull this together, and you won't need a pattern or any complicated equipment to make this costume. Celebrate the spirit of the story and let your child's imagination take flight with this fun sewing project you can both do together!
Note: You can use the same instructions to make other wild things costumes too, by switching up the color of your fur and the headpiece.
What You Need:
- A few yards of white furry fabric (how much you need depends on the size of your child)
- Sharp scissors
- A sweatsuit that fits your child (sweatshirt without a hood and sweat pants)
- Safety pins
- White thread
- Wolf or raccoon tail
- Sturdy gold paper or felt
- Double-sided tape
What To Do:
- Fold your furry fabric in half. Fold the sweatpants in half lengthwise so that the legs are directly on top of each other, making one leg. Lay the folded pants on top of the furry fabric so that the outer seam of the pants is lined up with the folded edge of the furry fabric. Cut your furry fabric along the sweatpants, from the waistband to the hem, using the sweatpants as a guide so that you have one leg cut out in fur. Repeat for the other leg.
- Do the same thing with the sweatshirt, folding it in half lengthwise so that the arms are aligned. Match the center fold of the shirt to the fold of the fabric, laying the sweatshirt on top of the fabric, and use the shirt as your guide for cutting the fur. Repeat this process so that you have two halves of the sweatshirt in fur. (Tip: It won’t matter if your suit’s a little baggy, so it’s fine to cut a little beyond your guide.)
- Now it's time to make your fur suit! (You'll no longer need the sweatsuit from this point on.) Now pin the insides of each fur pant leg together and sew up the inseam of each leg. (You won’t have to sew the outside seams since you cut the fabric on the fold.) Sew up the front and back seams, connecting the two legs together to make pants, but leave the top opening of the pants alone.
- Press the seams flat with an iron or your fingers.
- Pin together the sleeves and sides of the shirt, and stitch them together. Pin the neckline and hem it to make it even, or you can simply even it out with scissors. Press the seams flat with your iron or your fingers.
- Have your child try on the two parts of the costume. Figure out where the top and bottom should join for the best fit and fasten together with safety pins. (This is how you’ll get the costume on and off.) You could also attach Velcro to the two parts to connect them or sew them together and add buttons down the back.
- Pin your tail to the rear of the costume.
- Now it's time to make Max's hood. You can use a hood from a sweatshirt or jacket to do this or just cut a hood free-hand so that it is semi-snug on your child's head. Fold up the bottom inch of the hood, stitch it and slip a ribbon through it so it can tie under the chin, or just leave it loose. Cut out two triangles for wolf ears and stitch them to the top of the hood on either side of the head.
- You’re almost done! Have your child use scissors to cut out a tall crown from the gold paper so that it will fit over his hooded head. Fasten the crown with double-sided tape.
You're done! All that's left to do is have your child take his Max costume out for a spin on Halloween while he trick-or-treats the night away! If your child knows how to sew, allow him to help sew some of the costume himself! For some extra inspiration, you and your child can go see the movie or read the book together or both!