The headpiece for the Wild Thing provided some interesting challenges. I wanted it to be at least recognizable as the character in the book, and be light enough for my four-year-old to wear comfortably. It turned out fairly well, and was very popular around the neighborhood.
We all love the book. I hope this inspires a few people to make their own Wild Things costumes!
Step 1: Create a Base to Work From
Step 2: Make a Wearable Hat-shaped Base
I used more cardboard, hot glue, and tape to fill in the gaps and strengthen the the upper part of the base.
Step 3: Building Up the Head
I used some fabric to create the dome-shaped upper part of the head.
I measured the circumference of the cardboard base, and cut out two roughly half-circles whose flat sides were each 3/4" longer than half the circumference of the base.
The two pieces of fabric were joined together with a seam along the curved section. I placed the fabric onto the base and glued the bottom half-inch of the open end of the fabric to the bottom of the base, just under the lip.
I then stuffed it full of polyester filling through the holes left in the inside of the top of the base to get a nice, fluffy, helmet-like shape.
If the shape you have at this point is not even remotely dome-like, you may need to go back and modify the shapes of fabric you used to begin with.
Once the dome-shape was done, I sewed pieces of felt together placing seams where they'd appear as cheek and lip creases. This was glued onto the base as before, and pulled, tucked and stitched back to stretch it tight.
Step 4: Face Details
Polar fleece was stretched tightly over these eyes and nose pieces and hot glued in place. The nose was glued onto the face, and a few stitches were placed at the top to keep it secure.
The eye sockets were cut with 2 or 3 "X" slices through all the layers of fabric with an exacto blade. I squirted some hot glue into the eye sockets and wedged the eyes into place.
I then added pupils and eyelids made from little pieces of felt.
The horns were made of fleece, stuffed with polyester filling, and hand stitched in place.
Step 5: Hair
A section of hair was added to the back that hangs down to complete the back of the head. I sewed a piece of fabric to this section of hair so it wouldn't be so scratchy on my boy's neck.
Step 6: Teeth
A piece of red fleece was glued down to start the mouth.
For the teeth, I took a strip of white felt that was about 3 by 12 inches and glued it in half lengthwise, with no glue all along about a half inch of the non-folded edge. When it was dry, I cut wedges from the strip to make the teeth
When folded open, the non-glued edge of each wedge created a gluing area for each tooth to be attached to the mouth.
Step 7: Lower Jaw
The sleeve was made by sewing two pieces of fleece together--one was cream colored and the other was red. The front seam was positioned so the cream colored fleece wrapped around the front of the foam to create the bottom lip, leaving the red fleece about an inch back to be the inside of the mouth.
Teeth were added, but this time glued flat, extending out past the lip. The jaw piece was glued to the front corners of the neck piece showing in the last step. Fur was glued onto the bottom of the jaw after if was connected to the head.
A piece of 1-inch elastic, wrapped in red fleece was glued inside to work as a chinstrap.
That's it! The whole thing weighs about a pound.
If you make one, be sure to post a photo and let me know how it went!