Halloween is about a month and a half away and I am in full costume creation mode. We'll be gone to Florida in Mid-October so I want to get everything done ahead of time so I have no worries. My two youngest children decided they wanted to be Peppa and Daddy Pig from the Nick Jr. show "Peppa Pig". I thought this would be a super simple, AND cute costume idea.
Peppa's costume is very simple to create. She just wears a little red shift dress and either black shoes or yellow boots. I grabbed a yard of red felt and created a pull over dress that only required TWO SEAMS. Doesn't get any easier, right? Pair it with a pink sweatsuit for warmth and super simple pig ears, nose and tail and you have the perfect Peppa Pig Costume!
To create the dress - measure your child to determine the length of the dress.
Fold your felt in half lengthwise. Using a tank top that fits your child, fold it in half and lay the fold against the fold of the felt. Trace around the armpit area (makes a J) making sure to extend a 1/2 inch for seam allowance and then extend down into an A line all the way down to the length you measured earlier.
Unfold and then determine your neck hole area, making sure that the front dips down a bit lower than the back. I used my daughters tank to help me determine this.
I then tried it on Olivia to make sure the arm holes were correct.
If all is good, take it off the child and sew down each side, starting at the bottom of the armpit and going all the way to the bottom of the dress. Turn right side out and you are down. EASY AS PIE! Not a sewer? You could totally create this dress with felt and hot glue. No joke.
I also made "Hello! My name is" nametags that I am going to put on the kids that say "Peppa Pig" and "Daddy Pig" just because many people who don't have young children don't know this show.
"Little pig, little pig..."
My son's costume was a little bit more complicated, but still super easy.
The measurement's for this costume fit my 5 year old son.
I purchased 2 yards of blue felt and I had plenty left over.
I started by folding my felt into quarters.
I didn't cut the 2 yards into 4 sections first, I just manipulated it in a corner until I had it folded so that I could create the circle. Make sure you do this wisely otherwise you will waste felt and not get 4 circles out of the yardage!
Measure 11.5" from the center fold. I marked every few inches to create a curve.
Cut along your curved dotted line to create a circle when unfolded.
Repeat these steps until you have 4 circles.
(ignore the white circle - this was my test run with material I had on hand... and it worked perfectly!)
Lay two circles one on top of the other and sew using a .25" seam.
Make sure to leave a 5" gap to turn right side out.
Repeat for the last two circles.
Stuff to desired "chunkiness", but don't overstuff!
Once your child is in their it will balloon out more, promise!
Using your sewing machine, or just hand sew, close the 5" gap.
Now you are going to hand sew the front and back of the costume together.
I sewed it along the shoulders and down the sides, leaving an opening for the head and arms and a large gap on the bottom so the body and legs have a place to go! I started with the shoulders and then had my son try it on and marked where I should start and end on the sides so that I had the perfect fit.
Once that was done, I glued on his piggy tail, added his nose and ears and a pair of black circle glasses I picked up on Amazon for $5 and some black shoes. I also dyed a gray sweatsuit pink for his "skin"... although it turned out a bit more purple... but hey, I was trying to use what I had on hand! We will also add some "Daddy Whiskers" with eyeliner when the big day comes.
Aren't they a cute piggie pair?
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