I think every kid that watches wild kratts loves it and it's one of those great shows that even parents can enjoy. My kids are nuts about it. So when Halloween came round this year I figured the best costume is the one that they will love, can throw on easily, and they can use for dress up play all year long! Not to mention they can pick any animal they want and change it at whim, it's gender neutral, and I only need to figure out how to make it once and then replicate it 4 more times.
For this costume you will need:
bright neon fleece in your color choice (I bought 1/3 yd and I have plenty left over for hats and mittens this winter)
clear vinyl (I bought 8" and had enough in the length for all 5 of my costumes)
Additional things that may be helpful but not required:
Step 1: Cut Out Your Fleece and Autition
First things first I cut out my pieces and auditioned them in the locations I wanted them. When in doubt cut slightly larger and trim down if needed. This is pretty simple actually just cut the mirror of everything together meaning fold it over and cut two pieces at once. For the side and shoulder pieces I used this same technique but I also cut them longer and then cut the smaller pieces from them so everything matched up easily. I like to start with the bottom and work my way up and I think that is the easiest way to place everything.
You may have noticed that the middle piece is not done yet. That is because you want to print your creature power disks before you cut the center of your paw. So we will get there later. For now pin everything in place and sew sew sew!
Step 2: Creature Power Disks
Time to take a break from the sewing for a bit.
The first picture are the disks I made. You can also do a search and find several others made by other people available for printing.
Print your creature power disks on card stock. I opted to do this at a print store so I didn't use up all of the very expensive ink in our printer. It was simple enough to put it on a jump drive and just tell them I needed it on card stock. It only cost $0.69 per page. However you can do this at home if you would prefer.
Next just cut out all of your circles and laminate them. I got a cheap machine off amazon for around $13 and a pack of 50 sheets for $10. Let me tell you those things are fun to use. I can't wait to laminate something again, lol.
Then cut out your disks again leaving around a 1/4" all around.
Step 3: Paw Center and Back Parts
So now you know the size of your disks. Place one on your fleece and cut it about a 1/2" larger then the disk. This way your disk will be able to fit inside the center of your fleece circle. Once you have your circle use it to cut out your vinyl circle.
Also cut your back pieces, pin, and sew everything on except for the vinyl.
Step 4: Almost Done!
Now it's time to sew on your vinyl. You must do this after you sew the fleece circle on so you are able to leave the top open for disk changes.
Now CELEBRATE because your DONE!!!!