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« on: January 03, 2009 03:26:19 PM »

My church does a variety of skits & scenes throughout the year involving children as various Bible characters & critters. Last summer several of our old ones were damaged by mildew leaving us with a pitiful few that never seemed to fit the right animal on the kid who was capable of remembering lines. It was time for new stuff. Eight sheep, four cows, one donkey and one camel, phew! Total cost was roughly $125 in material for just the furry stuff. All the linings were from my stash (the sheep all have polka dot linings, the cows Mossy Oak Breakup).

Challenge #1: make them store-able: no wool, machine washable materials. CHECK
Challenge #2: Make them easy for the kids to put them on by themselves. CHECK
Challenge #3: make them so any kid can be the animal we need. CHECK

I achieved #2 and #3 by making them two pieces, a hood and a bib with a tail on it. Both pieces are all velcro closures. Even an adult with a small head can get these on. The pictures are from dress rehearsal, but some were wearing their matching tees/ jackets to complete the costume. The idea was to have each kid wear colors to go with the hoods & bibs.

I started with Simplicity 9808. All I used is the basic hood shape. I changed the closures to velcro & made up ears and horns for the various animals. The bibs and tails were entirely my own design but I loosely based it on those nice painter bibs they sell for very small children.

Camel and donkey hair:
I was pleased with this idea & it worked really well! I single crocheted a row the length I wanted, then did a second row of sc followed by a row of dc. I then zigzagged this strip onto the hood where I wanted it right across my base row of sc. After the hood was complete I cut bundles of 4-6 strands of yarn which I knotted tightly through each space made by the dc.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2009 04:08:31 PM »

Great job!  These costumes are amazing!

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 05:39:09 PM »

Penlowe, all I can say is Awesome, awesome, awesome!  I really love the horns, especially!

« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009 01:51:53 PM »

Haha, Penlowe, those are great!  Is that a longhorn cow I see?  Cheesy

And um... who's that big funny-looking kid playing the dromedary in the second pic?

BTW, I think we've used and re-used my kid's grey thermal long underwear for a plethora of costumes by now. Great stuff if you've got to look like a grey-legged sheep, donkey, bunny, etc.
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009 04:04:36 PM »

Ah, the camel is the college freshman who does a lot of assistant teaching of Sunday school, that's why he had to be the camel Smiley
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