Ladybugs are the one crawly creature most kids find fun, cute and friendly. Any child will feel the same wearing this simple, comfortable costume.


Materials Needed:

  • 2 pieces (12 x 18 inches) stiff red felt
  • 1 piece (12 x 18 inches) black felt
  • 2 hook-and-loop stick-on buttons
  • 2 large black chenille pipe cleaners
  • 1 regular black pipe cleaner
  • 1 square (12 inches) stick-on black felt
  • 1 black headband
  • 1 black turtleneck top
  • 1 pair black leggings


Step 1

To make the ladybug's wings, draw a semicircle on each piece of stiff red felt. You can attach a 12-inch piece of string to a pencil and, holding the string end midway on the 18-inch side of the felt, draw a semicircle by swinging the pencil in an arc. Curve the top of each wing as shown at right.


Step 2

To make the yoke, fold the black felt piece in half lengthwise. At the center of the folded edge, cut a 5-inch, curved neck opening. Curve the outer edges of the yoke and cut the center open as shown in the photo.


Step 3

Attach the top of the wings to the back of the yoke with glue or needle and thread. Add hook-and-loop buttons to either side of the yoke opening. Sew or glue the large chenille pipe cleaners to the outside joints between the yoke and the wings: these are the bug's extra legs.


Step 4

Use a glass to trace 7 black dots on the stick-on black felt. Cut out the dots and stick them to the ladybug wings as shown in the photo.


Step 5

Glue the center of the regular black pipe cleaner to the center of the headband. Reinforce it with a strip of black stick-on felt. Curl ends of pipe cleaner to complete the antennae.


Step 6

Dress the child in the black turtleneck, leggings, wings with yoke and headband.



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