Step 1: Making the Trees
5-6 yards of dark brown felt
5-6 yards of lighter brown felt (for the bark)
4-5 yards of fabric of your choic for inside liner (we used a jersey knit)
3-4 yards of foam padding
Scrap or small piece of sheer black fabric
Thread (& sewing machine)
Lots of fabric glue! (I think we went through 7-8 large bottles)
Package of heavy duty snaps
Paper shopping bag (for drawing sleeve pattern on)
To make our tree costumes we used three layers. The outer layer was a dark brown felt, the middle layer was a 1/2" foam to give the costume structure,, and we used a soft jersey knit for the inside. We cut the "body" shape out of each layer, but cut the foam piece about an inch smaller than the other two layers. For the sleeves, we only used the darker felt and lining later. We sewed the sleeves to the appropriate layers, sewed the outer and liner layers together around all of the edges besides the bottom with right sides in, glued the foam layer to the felt side and inverted it. Then we sewed the bottom edges together and hemmed. We stuffed the inside of the head with pillow stuffing and then stitched the inside liner to the foam layer in a few places to hold it up. We sewed/glued a sheer black fabric in the face. We cut triangle of varying shapes and sizes and sewed two edges together to make cone-like sharp and stuff them. We sewed them all over the top of the costume to make the branches. On the outside, we glued a lighter shade of brown felt over the darker felt in strips and pieces that were cut to emulate bark. My husband added an axe cut to his using a tan felt and brown fabric marker to draw rings and carved heart with our initials in his. We went through SO much glue for this project! To finish, we found faux maple and oak leaves at the craft store to sew on the ends of the branches.
Step 2: The Little Lumberjacks
Step 3: Transportation- the Wood Wagon
For one trick or treat street we even dressed our dog up like a horse to pull the wagon. He forgave us after winning a pet costume contest and a basket full of treats.