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Every year I say I’m going to make the boys’ costumes, and every year Halloween gets away from me, leaving us scrambling the night before. Well, not this year…because we’ve been busy! Jaden kept changing his mind on what he wanted to be for Halloween, but finally, he decided on Garfield. I waited a few days before I started purchasing supplies, just in case he changed his mind again. Nope, Garfield it was. This Halloween costume was honestly pretty simple and only requires a few supplies and minimal sewing. Let’s make a costume, shall we?
Supplies for DIY Garfield Costume
You’ll need a few supplies for this project. Supplies include the following:
- 1 pair orange footie hooded pajamas in the appropriate size – I found this pair on Amazon.
- 1/2 yard matching (or near-matching) fleece fabric
- Large roll black Duck Tape
- Small roll black Duck Tape
- Craft knife & cutting mat
- Small piece poster board
- Black Stained by Sharpie fabric marker
- Quilt batting
- Sewing machine
- Needle & thread
- 1-in. thick foam – enough for 2 ears
- Foil pan & treat bucket
- Costume makeup
Instructions for DIY Garfield Costume
When making this costume, we decided to make the Garfield portion of these footie pajamas a temporary thing. Jaden wants to wear the jammies as just jammies after Halloween is over, so we used Duck Tape and tacked the ears and tail on, so everything would be easy to remove when Halloween is over.
First things first, it’s a good idea to wash the pajamas before you start crafting. The next step is to make a template for the stripes on Garfield’s back. I looked at various images of Garfield on Google and decided to go with 4 stripes. Making a template out of a smaller piece of poster board makes cutting the Duck Tape stripes so much easier and more efficient. The size of the stripes will depend on the size costume you’re making. Just roll out a piece of Duck Tape, place your template over the Duck Tape, and use a craft knife to cut the shape out of the Duck Tape. Then apply each stripe to the back of the footie pajamas.
After placing the larger stripes, mark where you want to place the ears. Then cut a smaller stripe template for stripes that go up the hood of the pajamas. Place each stripe up the left side of the hoodie, matching in place with stripes on the right side of the hoodie. I placed 4 stripes on each side of the hood.
Now for the ears…Begin by cutting 2 small semi-circles out of the 1-in. thick foam. Place semi-circles on extra fleece fabric, and draw an oval around the shapes, leaving about 1 inch extra for the hem. For each ear, fold oval shaped fabric in half, and sew around edges, leaving 2-3 inches open for stuffing with the foam shape. Turn ears right side out and stuff with foam shapes. After stuffing, close up the ear with needle and thread. Tack ears to the top of the hood where you’d previously marked for the ears to go. Using an image of Garfield as your guide, color in stripes and outline the ears with a black Stained by Sharpie fabric marker.
Next, design your tail. My husband, Dan, actually came up with this tail shape for me; he’s more of an artist than I am when it comes to designing/drawing. It turned out awesome! Fold extra fleece fabric in half, and draw your shape, making sure to draw the tail large enough for the hem. Cut tail out of folded fleece, cutting both pieces of fabric. Then sew. Once the tail pieces are sewn together, it’s time to turn the tail right side out and stuff it with quilt batting. Make sure the tail is full to the gills with quilt batting. Once tail is full of batting, tack tail to back side of costume.
When the tail is attached, cut 4 more stripes out of Duck Tape. 2 stripes will be very small, and 2 stripes will be more of a medium size. Place on the tail. Then, using an image of Garfield as your guide, color in the end of the tail with the fabric marker.
Finally, it’s time for the props. Garfield loves his lasagna, so I hot glued Jaden’s pumpkin bucket inside a foil pan labeled ‘Lasagna’. Easy peasy! And Jaden decided that he needed to also have Teddy with him (aka, Pooky), since Garfield loves his Pooky the Teddy Bear. We added a little costume makeup, and he was all set. So stinkin’ adorable, y’all!
And that’s all there is to it! Such an easy costume to make; all you need are a few supplies and a couple hours. Garfield is in the house, yo! And Jaden is so excited for trick-or-treating this Halloween. Have to say, I’m pretty excited too!
Which Halloween costumes are making appearances in your home this Halloween?
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