DIY Baby Owl Halloween Costume – Hedwig Hooded Cape | @laurenfairwx

DIY Baby Owl Halloween Costume – Hedwig Hooded Cape | @laurenfairwx


Of course I’m dressing up my baby as an owl
for his first Halloween. Do you even know me? Oh, in case you don’t, my name’s Lauren. I like Harry Potter and today I’m going to
show you how I made this seriously adorable owl cape for my son to wear this Halloween. I hadn’t made this kind of garment before,
so it was a bit of an experiment. My model is also pretty squirmy so measuring
him and trying things on him was a challenge. But look how cute it turned out! And my hope with making a cape with a hood
instead of a full body costume is that maybe it might fit him a little longer, and I can also easily take it off if he needs me to for a variety of baby-related reasons. Read the video description below for a list of the
materials I used to make it. Here’s what I did, and hopefully this will
help you make your own! I started with around a yard of white fleece. It’s folded in half with the wrong side up,
right sides in. I put the fold at the top to help me keep
things symmetrical. The open edge on the right will be the wingspan
of the cape, divided in two. I measured 14 inches down from the corner
for around a 28 inch wingspan. Then, I wanted the cape to hang down his back
around 16 inches so I measured that along the fold and marked it. Here, I’m using the ruler and a fabric marker
to plot out a nice curve between the two points I measured. I’m aiming to draw a quarter of a circle
so the cape will be more of a half circle once I unfold it. The end on the open side will end up being
the tips of the wings, so I started drawing feather shapes there. I continued those down to the other end of
the curved line I drew, then over here I’m drawing half a tail (because the fold line
will go straight up the back). Then, in the corner, I’m going to cut a
hole where the hood will go. So I’m marking four inches on the fold,
on the side, and in between, then connecting the marks. Once our lines are all written in, it’s
time to cut along each one through both layers of fabric! And this will make it easier for you to see
the shape you’re going for since the marker is pretty light. If you aren’t sure exactly how big you want
this to be or how you want it to look, feel free to make it using cheaper fabric, try
it on, and adjust your measurements and shapes to be better the second time around. Here it is! Yay! Next, I’m going to make the lining which is
easier than it sounds and makes the cape look nice and finished. You could use any color or pattern for this,
whether you want to make it the same color as the rest of the cape or pick a fun contrasting
color or pattern like I did. I’m using this blue plaid flannel, and laying
it out with the fold at the top, right sides in. Lay your top piece on it, line up the folded
edge, and pin them together so they stay put. Then, cut out the same shape using your first
piece as a guide. Once you finish that, unpin them and open
them up and they should look something like this. To make the hood pattern, I traced a hood
from one of my son’s sweatshirts I liked the shape of. I put it on a piece of paper so I could mess
with the shape without writing too much on the fabric. I adjusted it a little in the front, and added
a half inch of extra space around the edge to leave room for sewing. Again, feel free to make a test hood and try
it on if you want to make adjustments. On some of the leftover fleece, trace the
pattern. Since my fabric is still folded in half, right
sides together, that will give me two mirror image hood shapes which is what we want. Then, cut the shape out. Repeat the same steps on your lining fabric! Basically, the lining is like making a second
cape that we’ll eventually sew to the inside of the first one. Now that all of the pieces are cut out, we’ll
start sewing! First, sew along this curved line that will
go up the back of the hood and join the two hood pieces together. I’m using a regular straight stitch on my
sewing machine and keeping my stitches an even distance away from the edge. Repeat that step for the hood lining. That gave me two hoods and now you can see
where they’ll open like this. Next, I’ll be sewing the bottom edge of the
white fleece hood to the curved hole we put into the white fleece wing. For this, have your cape facing down and the
hood facing down. Pinch them together where they’ll join and
pin them in place starting in the middle, so the right sides will be facing in together. That way, this side of the seam will be on
the inside of the cape and won’t be visible later. Pin this part carefully and do your best to
line up the edges even though it’s a little tricky and the length may not be perfect. You may need to cut a bigger hole in the cape
depending on the size of the hood. Sew along this edge when you have it all pinned
together, leaving half an inch between the stitches and the edge of the fabric. Pull out the pins as you go. Follow those same steps for the lining. Now, I have two capes with hoods! One in each kind of fabric. The next step will be to join them together
so we’ll be laying them on the table right sides in. These seams sticking out will be visible on
the outside of the stack. So lay out the white fleece right side up
(so the seams will facing the table) and lay the lining right side down
with the seams sticking up facing you. Tuck the lining hood inside the white fleece
hood and start pinning the edges together there. Continue pinning all the way around the whole
cape and line up the details on the wings and tail as well. Next, I’ll be sewing along the edges all
the way around the whole shape, including the hood. Keep in mind that when you get back around
to the tail again, we’ll be stopping early to leave a hole on the flat part of the tail
because we’ll need that in order to turn the cape right side out. Sew a line along each of the curves on the
wings and stop to turn your work on every corner and point. When you get around to the hood, sew right
over the seams. They’ll be hidden on the inside once you
flip it, so don’t worry if they look weird. Continue all the way around the second wing
and stop when you reach the tail, again, leaving a gap where we can turn it. I clipped off the strings and pulled out all
of the pins, then I went around and clipped a v into the extra fabric on each curve and
made a cut into each corner, carefully, without cutting into any of the stitches. That’ll
help it to maintain the shapes when we turn it. Now, reach into the hole we left, grab the
inside of the hood, and pull it right side out. Reach in and push out all of the various
corners and shapes until the whole thing is properly turned. We’ll need to close up the hole on the tail,
so fold the hem inside the cape like this so the raw edges are hidden and pin it in
place for now. The next step is to top stitch around the
edges of the whole cape! I’ll be sewing along the hem, around a half inch away from the
edge, to keep the lining flat against the fleece and to add a finished, decorative touch. Also, when I get to the wings, I’ll be sewing
additional lines a few inches in, between each bump to give it the suggestion of feathers.
This is a little tough to explain, but hopefully that makes sense! You can skip that detail
if you’d like. And this time, I’ll be starting at the tail,
where I’ll sew right across the gap we left, to close it up. So here I am, sewing across the tail, up the
side of it, and around the first feather. Then, since we’ve reached a corner where I
want to add a line, I’m turning the whole thing so I can sew a few inches into the wing
to outline a feather. Then I stop, turn it back around, sew back along that vertical
line, and continue around the edge. For this whole section, I’d recommend taking
your time with every detail because you’ll actually see these stitches. When I got to the hood, I had to be extra
careful that everything was lined up properly and I probably should’ve pinned it but that’s
okay. You don’t want to accidentally sew it shut or anything like that. Keep turning it
and making sure that you’ve moved the extra fabric out of the way. And then I made it around to the other wing,
so I actually used the first wing as a guide to make sure my feather details were around
the same length on both sides. It gets easier as you get used to the pattern
of going along the edge and turning it. Eventually, I made it all the way back around to the tail
where I went backwards and forwards a few stitches to make sure it doesn’t unravel. And then I remembered that I’ll need some
way of tying it on, so I measured two pieces of ribbon, and folded over the end to make
it look like it was supposed to be there. I pinned them to either side of the base of
the hood along the opening and really carefully sewed back and forth over it a few times. I trimmed off the excess thread and then I
repeated those steps, attaching the second ribbon to the other side. So that felt pretty good because I ended up
with a cool hooded cloak and it looked super pretty, but then I remembered that I wanted
to add an owl face to the top of the hood so I had to keep going! Almost done though. Now, to make the face template, I flattened
out the hood where I wanted it to go and marked the general shape on a piece of paper. I’m
making it look like the owl plushies in my etsy shop, Fairweather Friends, so I drew
a kind of heart shape – the top of it, at least. Once I knew how wide and tall to make it,
I marked the curve where the hood ends and folded the paper in half so I could make the
face shape symmetrical. I marked the center, drew one half, checked it again on the hood,
adjusted it, then I cut out the shape with the paper folded in half. And that looked good on the hood, so I traced
a circle to make an eye template and I cut out a triangle for the beak and traced those
onto the face to help me plan where to place everything. I cut out two eye shapes in black felt and
one beak in golden orange felt. Then, I pinned the face shape onto a piece of white fleece
and cut that out as well. For that, I left a little extra around the edge just in case. I arranged the felt shapes onto the face and
pinned them in place. Then, I decided to make two feathery ear tufts or horns that would
stick out from the upper corners of the face. I drew this little mitten shape, then traced
it onto a doubled piece of fleece so I could make two of each. I traced it a second time,
flipping it backwards for the other one so they’d be mirror images of one another. Now, to sew on all of the details! I thought
about doing this by hand but I thought it would do better in the washing machine if
I machine sewed it. I chose a weird zigzagging hem stitch my machine has, but you could use
a straight stitch too. Then, I sewed along the lines I drew for the
ear tufts with normal straight stitches, leaving the edge of the fabric open where they’ll
attach to the face so I can turn them right side out. I cut each one out, clipped the curves and
corners, then turned them right side out. Oh my gosh, this is going to be cute. I also wanted to add an embroidered highlight
to each eye, so I threaded some white embroidery floss onto a sewing needle, tied a knot at
the end, and stitched a little circle onto each felt eye. I’m not very good at making
circles, so I basically made a star and kept filling it in until it was as round as I could
make it. And that’s what we’ve got! All that’s left
is to sew it to the top of the hood. I lined it up and pinned the face in place. Then,
I figured out where I wanted the horn feathers to go and pinned those in too. To sew this on, I decided to start with the
ear tufts and attach those first because they’re tough to keep in place and to sew through.
So that’s those… Then, I sewed all the way around the whole
face using that zigzag hem stitch from earlier! This was actually the first project where
I tried using that and I ended up liking it quite a bit because it finished the edges
and if I didn’t aim it properly against the edge, I could just trim down the extra fabric
after. Though, it did require a fair bit of concentration
which would explain the ridiculous face I’m making and the reason why my glasses have
slid all the way down my nose. And once I got back around to where I started,
the baby owl cape is finished! I’m really happy that I ended up having time
to make his first Halloween costume myself. Because it doesn’t require a pattern, you
can really be creative and come up with your own face design, use different color fabrics,
and even make a larger one for a kid or adult to wear! I hope that this video was helpful
to you and I wish you the best of luck in putting your own owl cape together! If you make one of these, whether it’s for
a baby or you you know, adapt it to fit yourself, I’d really love to see it! Send me a picture
on social media… I’m @laurenfairwx on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! If you’d like to
keep up with me, follow me while you’re there! Also, if you loved this video, it would mean
a lot to me if you wanted to share it with anyone you know who might like it too! I’m gonna go see if my kid will deliver letters
for me. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon! (cheerful music)

100 Replies to “DIY Baby Owl Halloween Costume – Hedwig Hooded Cape | @laurenfairwx”

  1. Oh my lord this is the cutest tutorial and I would really love to make one of these for myself now… hmmm might have to buy some fabric tomorrow

  2. I think I've never been so happy while watching a video! It is so cute and the constant puppy eyes he was giving the camera literally killed me omg

  3. First: That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! It looks so adorable for your…
    Second: Baby? I didn't even know you have a baby! OMG How long did I miss your videos?

  4. I had this great future plan for Potter themed family costumes and now I can do it for TWO babies with an owl and a Dobby 😍. He is precious and this is an incredible, baby-friendly costume. Congratulations and have an amazing first Halloween together!

  5. Rory is the cutest baby ever! Also I love the owl cape I wish I had any skills in craft whatsoever so I could make one, I'd totally buy one in baby and adult size if you made them

  6. I'm so gonna make this for my cat! Do we have to use fleece for the front of the wings or can we use normal like the inside of the cape?

  7. Oh my gosh don't mind me, I'm just going to rewatch the first 30 seconds of this video repeatedly to forget all the terrible things in the world

  8. I think I have the same sewing machine, and now I'm pretty curious which zigzag stitch you were talking about! Could you specify?
    Anyway, it's very cute and pretty!

  9. I don't have a baby..but I am going to make it..for reasons…just a bit bigger…and then wear it. To work. Ahem. Yes.

  10. This is amazing – making a cape is much easier than I imagined. I hope to make something like this for my daughter. She is 14 months old and loves putting fabric on her head, so it shouldn't be a problem for her to wear it 😀 This general pattern could work great with any kind of animal. Thank you very much for making this video. You are a great inspiration <3

  11. Adorable! So there I was leafing through my latest issue of Birds and Blooms extra when what do I see on page 26 under the banner of 'stuff we love'? A Barn Owl Plushie by none other then you, fairweatherfriends.etsy.com! I literally squeed out loud making my family wonder if I had once again stabbed myself with a sewing needle. But no, I as just excited to see one of your cute plushies showcased in a magazine.

  12. Awe, He'll definitely thank you when he's older for making him so cute. I'm looking forward to more geeky, crafty, stuff <3

  13. This is so cute! My grandma made costumes out of fleece for us when we were little. She made a green dinosaur and a lion! I think she would like this. I'll try and show this to her.

  14. How the hell did I miss you having a baby ?? I honestly had NO IDEA
    O.o
    And if course it's the cutest baby ever

  15. Every single time Matt posts a picture of Rory on instagram, I show it to my mom so that we can talk for a couple seconds about HOW PRETTY THIS LITTLE BABY IS OH MY GOODNESS.

    Also I love this costume to pieces!!

  16. Hey, Lauren, i am from Russia and i love your Videos soooo much! I think you Videos about Harry Potter  are the best. So thanks for all. You are so positiv and pretty :3

  17. This is so adorable. Also, a really cool diy would be a Howler plush. I think that's my favorite scene from Chamber of Secrets.

  18. I'm going to make this for my cousins…..however they are not babies, and can't read, however, I was six when I watched and read the Harry Potter series so I think a three and six old can survive….

  19. I just had to share with all my sewing friends its so cute I am now thinking of adapting this for myself

  20. A mother buy clothes for her son… A great mother buy in your shop… A perfect mothes make the clothes of her son with her own hands!!

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