Step 1: Gather your materials.
A cozy fleece or sweatshirt that you don't mind glueing feathers on!
Coordinating felt pieces
one or two feather dusters (one would be enough feathers, but I wanted two colours)
fabric for owl hat; jersey/t-shirt material fits best, as it has some stretch. I used velvet & was a bit finicky, but I made it work
(*also pictured are some stretchy onion bags that I didn't end up using as well as a sequined purse that ended up being a dismal and disappointing failure, but that led to the felt and that ended up better in the long run! So please disregard those items, lol)
sewing machine (and some basic sewing skills)
hot glue gun
scissors & thread
tape measure and/or your child's head measurements
I spent 69cents each on four colours of felt and the feather dusters were $3.79 each. Everything else was stuff I already had. This is a very inexpensive costume and went together very quickly.
Step 2: Make your owl hat.
In the second photo, I've cut out some felt for the eyes. I like the anime look. It's kind of stylized, but then, it is a royal blue and orange owl. You aren't going to find this owl in any field guide, so I wasn't too concerned with realism!
I've also cut out a triangle for the beak.
Step 3: Sew on the eyes.
I started with the whites, then the iris, then the little white Pac-man in the centre. I did one eye completely before starting the other one. I didn't have to cut the thread in between, just pop the next eye part on and keep sewing.
Sew on the beak. Cute, no?
Step 4: Finish the hat.
Hem the bottom edge of the hat. Fold your hat over, right sides together, and sew up the side and the ear tufts and across the top. Before turning right side out, snip the excess off the ear tips so that you will get a really pointy point when you turn them out. I also stuffed a bit of batting in each ear so they would stick up.
I added a touch of elastic at the back of the hat to keep it snug around the little one's head. You can skip this step. I could have too, as this hat fit him like a second skin.
Wrangle your kid into the hat to be sure it doesn't need any tweaking. You may need some goldfish crackers to successfully complete this step.
Step 5: Cut out your felt feathers.
Step 6: Create some dimension.
Step 7: Glue those bad boys down.
Step 8: Break apart your feather duster(s)
Step 9: Start feathering your sleeves.
I started at the cuff and hot-glued feathers on one at a time, alternating colours. I left the area under his arm free of feathers, as they'd just get agitated and start to molt.
This went very quickly. Finish one sleeve & do the other.