Two weeks ago my girlfriend Veronica sat me down to watch My Neighbor Totoro, the 1988 classic of Japanese animated cinema. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the dude who made Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro is a strange kids movie about two sisters who befriend a giant forest spirit. Also - respect for nature, kindness, and the triumph of imagination over all obstacles.

Before even finishing the movie I had decided that I would be dressing as Totoro for Halloween. I googled "Totoro costume" and found a ton of sweatshirt and hooded-pajama based Totoro costumes to work off of.

I did a lousy job documenting the creation of my own extra large grey Totoro hoody - luckily Veronica wanted a miniature blue sidekick Totoro hoody of her own and was a good sport about taking lots of pictures along way.

blue totoro

Step 1: Tools and Materials


  • scissors
  • hot glue gun


  • an old sweatshirt - we bought ours at goodwill
  • felt - i bought a 3x3 sheet of white for the belly patches, small sheets for everything else
  • tracing paper - for making patterns
  • hot glue gun - and lots of glue sticks
  • cardboard - we used cereal boxes
<p>This is so great! My friend and I are doing this for Hoops 4 Heart.</p>
<p>I love that. &quot;One of the defining characteristics of a <em>real life Totoro</em>&quot;</p><p>Glad someone else believes in them.</p>
Wowww it was so cute . .so im going to make it for maself tnx ??
The costume came out great! I just put felt in the ears and I left out the zipper so I could jip it, but besides that it was great!
this was really easy to make:) i didnt have enough cardboard however for the ears so i compromised and now mine are a little bit crooked, but it still worked! ?
<p>so cute </p>
<p>Dawww it's so cute! I love the gif of your creation so much fun to watch!</p>
<p>Thanks MSS :)</p>

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