9 Costumes Anyone Can Make

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Loops of ribbon turn a pilot cap into a mane event.

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What you need: White union suit, white pilot cap, Rit fabric dye (golden yellow and tan), 1/2 yard white terry-cloth fabric, grosgrain ribbon in a variety of colors, glue gun, pencil, scissors, needle, thread

To make body: Follow package instructions to dye union suit, pilot cap, and terry-cloth fabric golden yellow mixed with one tablespoon of tan. Cut some grosgrain ribbon into 3 inch and 6 inch pieces. Fold each piece in half, and glue ends together to form loops. Alternate colors as you glue the 3 inch loops around the neck and the 6 inch loops graduating down the chest.

To make cap: Enlarge ear pattern as needed. Trace four ears onto dyed terry cloth and cut out. With right sides facing each other, sew together two ear pieces using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening in the center of ear bottom. Repeat for second ear. Turn each ear inside out, and sew the opening closed using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch ears to cap. Cut some grosgrain ribbon into 2 1/2 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch pieces. Fold each piece in half, and glue ends together to form loops. Glue the ribbon loops to the cap, starting with the smaller loops in the front and ending with the larger loops in the back.

To make tail: Cut dyed terry cloth into a 3 1/2 x 12 inch piece. Fold in half, lengthwise, making sure the right sides are facing in. Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, stitch all but the end opening closed. Turn tail inside out. Cut remaining grosgrain ribbon into 10 inch, 8 inch, and 5 inch pieces. Fold each piece in half, and glue ends together to form loops. Glue loops to the open end of tail to secure. Stitch tail to bodysuit, about halfway down the backside.

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